By AFRICA KA MAHAMBA
AS PART OF the youth month celebration the six youth from Soshanguve who are tired of waiting for the government to deliver took up their tools removed three illegal dumping sites to make water controlling panel under #Siyazenzela.
The water controlling panel which will include a park is being built at the historic ground in Extension 2 Soshanguve South where former President Nelson Mandela landed in a helicopter about 20 years.
The six are Dumisani Magadla, Mpho Maloka, Evans Ramonyai, Sibonelo Malinga, Mantsie Thamaga, and Mandla Kgosana.
More than twenty houses were affected by uncontrollable water because of a lack of stormwater drainage since the mid-’90s.
Dumisani Magadla well known as Tumi said they have been experiencing the problem of water every time it rains for the past 2 decades because the area has no stormwater drainage.
“Every time it rains we experience floods in our homes because there is no storm water drainage to control the water. We have been having this problem for more than 20 years, as the youth, we are tired of waiting for the government to deliver.
“In honour of the Madiba who was the man of action we have decided to take up tools and make water controlling panels which are about 250 metres long. It does not stop there we also going to make a park in honour of Madiba who landed in this same spot with a helicopter about 21 years ago to open Itumeleng Madiba Primary School,” said Magadla.
Mpho Maloka of the youth said it is challenging because they have no facilities to finish the whole project because they need cement, concrete, sand, water tanks, brick force, and others.
“We invite the community, local business people, to invest in this project #Siyazenzela. We started it on Youth month and we want it to be finished on Mandela’s birthday month because these two months are important to us that is why we stood to do it for our community.
“This project is important to us and we can succeed with the support of the community and local business people,” said Maloka.
Mandla Kgosana added by saying their other challenge is lack of safety materials like gloves, masks, sanitizers and they are asking businesses and organisations that have the interest to come forward.
“Safety is important because of Covid19 that is why we main distance when we work but we still face challenges of lack of sanitizers, masks, and other safety material.
“It is difficult to get these things because we are unemployed and we are doing this for our community,” added Kgosana.
Local councilor Japan Baloyi said the six are doing a great job to the community and they have his full support but there are some challenges in the City of Tshwane at the moment that is why he could not help them with everything they need.
“I am aware of their initiative to make a water control panel; we need people like them in our communities. I have arranged tools such as rakes, pickaxes, shovels, and wheelbarrows at the local Community Works Project for them to do the job.
“I will continue to support them where I can but cannot do some of the things because of the challenges we have right now in the municipality,” said Baloyi.