Unemployed men give the people of their kasi a smooth ride

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

Last month, a group of men from Meqheleng near Ficksburg in the Free State decided to make themselves useful by fixing roads in their kasi.

Thapelo Molupi, Mokana Nooe and Teboho Ntholi started the initiative and later they were joined by another seven local men.

The group has been praised by both motorists and taxi drivers for the stellar job they have been doing.

Teboho said they have been buying cement from their own pockets but lately they are getting help from motorists and residents.

He told Scrolla.Africa: “These streets are used mostly by ambulances, police cars and taxis. We saw the need to make sure they had a smooth ride for speedy response from emergency services.”

Motorists give them some coins and sometimes they collect R120 per day.

“Community members also buy cement for us because it is our most needed material,” said Thapelo.

“We have had some support from the mayor’s office that bought us five bags of cement and sand.”

Mokana said their dream is to see themselves fixing even national roads in the Free State.

“Sometimes taxis refuse to enter the township because of the bad roads. Ambulances and police vehicles sometimes arrive late to attend to scenes because of the roads.”

Resident Mosiako Moleme said he was happy to be one of those who donated some money.

“For me giving out R200 per month is better than having my car broken and spending thousands of rands to fix it,” he said.

Taxi driver John Senatla said he has had to repair his taxi’s suspension and wheel alignment four times in the past five years because of the bad roads.

“I’m happy to drive and drop my passengers closer to their destinations because of these guys.”

Provincial Emergency Medical Services spokesperson, Sipho Towa, said he was aware of the bad roads that were affecting service delivery in the area.