LOCAL community member Linky Mdingi from Mlungisi has called for the recognition of key community contributors.
Mdingi said in all his years of growing up in Komani he had never encountered local heroes being celebrated and rewarded for their efforts in their communities.
“There was a man who used to take care of the location graveyard he kept them neat and he knew where people were put to rest. When he died the place became a mess. These are the types of people I believe need to be recognised.”
Mdingi said local author Mzukisi Silandela was imprisoned and returned with a goal and a dream.
“He did not compromise and he was also able to help a community member with a business plan and aspiring writers to find the relevant platforms.
Mdingi said Kenny Motlhabane from Mlungisi was an archive of Komani history. “If you go to his house you will know Komani. He has a collection of photographs of pivotal people. There is a family that Motlhabane helped whose mother was suffering from cancer. He bought groceries and built them a house.”
Silandela said his experience of how difficult it was to access information as a writer led him to help aspiring writers. “Publishers do not always approve of writers’ material because they also want to make money so they target names that are already established.I have assisted local author Vuyisani Hans and Jomo Jaxa to publish their own books.”
He said he believed in empowering the unemployed with a business plan other than giving them money because it had the power to sustain them.
Motlhabane said in order to preserve and archive Komani’s historical events the department of sports recreation art and culture needed to employ people with good historical backgrounds in sport, jazz music and other relevant areas.
He said people had a tendency of believing that when you help another person you have ulterior motives. “When you help someone today people will remember you and pay it forward to your children when you are gone.”