Doing it for the kids, doing it for the villages, doing it for themselves

Elmon Tshikhudo

The floods and rains have spared nobody, and seven rural villages that rely on the D3695 road from Tshilamba to Siloam, in Limpopo, are no exception.

Workers can’t get to work and economic activity has all but stopped, but a bigger problem than anything else is the kids can’t get to school.

That is why a group of dedicated residents have taken it upon themselves to repair the road.

The group calling itself Vulabadzhi D3695 Hill Disaster Forum has already done a bit to put life back into the community.

Forum leader Hendrick Vele said life had come to a standstill and they felt they should work together as a community to turn the situation around.

“As it is, schools have reopened late and now our children can’t go to school and nurses can’t get to their work stations because of the road,” said Vele.

“The only bus service in the area can’t operate and get through to other areas.”

Vele said households each contributed R10 to buy cement and other materials. They have started with the provincial road before working on the smaller roads in the villages.

“Government told us they will fix the road after the rains but we don’t know when the rain will stop,” said Vele.

He said they were appealing for donations for the project and they are happy that the local taxi associations have already shown willingness to assist.

“We also call on other communities to stand up and do things for themselves. The damage is all over and they should not wait for the government,” said Vele.