Palmietfontein Farm residents say they feel like outcasts
COMMUNITY members at Palmietfontein Farm on the outskirts of Matlosana said they feel like outcasts and that they are only remembered during election campaigns.
They said this after a visit by city of Matlosana mayor Maetu Kgaile, member of her mayoral committee and council management.
The mayor and her team did a door to door visit to several houses to check their living conditions. They realised that the entire area was a mess with raw effluent running through the yards.
Residents complained that the previous farm owner disconnected essential services like electricity and water.
As an interim measure, the councillors and management are in negotiations with the new farm owner to see if they can reach an amicable solution.
Farouk Tagaree, a member of the mayoral committee (MMC) responsible for finance promised paraffin and paraffin stoves to the community.
Lefa Nthaba, the MMC for infrastructure said the dangerous pit toilets people use were an eyesore.
In some instances, there are no toilets at all forcing adults and children to relieve themselves in the bushes at high risk of getting bitten by snakes.
Nthaba also expressed concern at the awful smell coming from a pigs den’s tunnel that he said posed a health risk for the community.
“We will restore the dignity of the community by servicing the boreholes and water tankers will be supplied after meeting with the new farm owner,” he said.
Kgaile and her team also promised funding opportunities for pupils and business ideas that would allow residents to form cooperatives.