Driven to fix potholes

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THE bad state of roads in Ezibeleni has prompted four unemployed young men to take it upon themselves to repair the roads,  with the hope that the new entity of Enoch Mgijima Municipality will notice and employ them.
Awonke Mtshayi, speaking on behalf of the four, said witnessing the effect that the roads were having on vehicles encouraged their efforts.
“It seems no one cares about the state of the roads in Ezibeleni.

DOING THEIR BIT: Four youths, from left, Awonke Mtshayi, Peter Phambili, Gcobani Longo and Sinethemba Haya, repairing a pothole-riddle road in Ezibeleni last Friday Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA
DOING THEIR BIT: Four youths, from left, Awonke Mtshayi, Peter Phambili, Gcobani Longo and Sinethemba Haya, repairing a pothole-riddle road in Ezibeleni last Friday Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

“The municipality cannot cope with repairing the roads even when they are not on strike, so the strike is not an excuse.”
Their efforts were sparked by “patriotism”, he said, with the group using sand and brick from a nearby dumpsite to fill the potholes.
Mtshayi said while there were motorists drivers who looked at them as if they were “mad people”, others gave them money.
“There is nothing mad about loving your place of birth.
“This is our way of contributing towards our country, in a small way.
“This is our show of the passion we have for Ezibeleni.”

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