Palmi­et­fontein Farm res­i­dents say they feel like out­casts

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Free State News - ELFAS TORERAI elfast@the­newage.co.za

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.

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