ANONYMOUS of Komani writes: I have been living in Komani for the past four years after moving here from the Southern Cape – and I love it. My work affords me the luxury of travelling through the entire Eastern Cape and of observing and talking to fellow- citizens of all religions, colour, creed and social standing. It is fascinating to see how the different groups of South Africans live, operate, shop, socialise, differ, complain, act, dream about their future, their children’s future – and share their fears.
These same people also notice the lack of commitment, the hundreds of meetings being held with daily resolutions, but with very little execution.
Why has one of my young colleagues been living for almost 20 years in a local township with raw sewage running past his bedroom window? Why, when I go and fetch him from home, do I see potholes as large as craters, streets and open public spaces strewn with litter in front of houses which some folk have lovingly, and at cost, renovated, beautified and upgraded to increase their property values and in return also their investments? Why with high unemployment in the area are there no projects for uneducated, unemployed people to clean these streets and living areas in order to instill pride and to ensure the respect for infrastructure?
Why do we not respect basic laws that safeguard our lives and that of our fellow citizens like stopping at stop streets, respecting no-parking areas, walking on the provided pavements, crossing streets at designated areas and exercising basic ubuntu towards one another.
Why do we allow our public spaces to degenerate into ugly, uncared-for areas, when their aesthetics could contribute to the general psychological well-being of us all, including dams and recreational areas, parks and communal sport facilities and the once-beautiful centre piece of Komani, the Chris Hani Hexagon?
Why have we not seen our horticulture department plant any trees?
Why are there such little playground spaces and equipment in the townships? Why de we allow situations to develop to a stage of total collapse, leading to civil unrest before we act to do something?
Repair the robots in the town, some which have been out of order for years, and the road signs and pedestrian crossings!
Where are our elected leaders who raised their hands to represent our interests on council levels and asked us to vote for them and on top of it are getting paid to do it?
Where are our law enforcement agencies who, out of free will joined the various department to serve their communities and to enforce the laws of the land?
If our leaders set priorities and set the example, we will see – and experience – the changes in our daily lives and we will be on our way to become a winning town, with winning children and older people.
Let us start today – this is a call to all, from the mayors of the area, councillors, traffic officers, police, managers, headmasters, business owners, students, parents and to all concerned.
We can do this and in return successfully achieve the African philosophy of ubuntu.
The Eastern Cape refuses to be “orphan” of the provinces.