The Mercury

Steynsburg cries have finally awoken master


MANY believed that the impoverish­ed community of Steynsburg, under the Walter Sisulu Local Municipali­ty in the Eastern Cape, was being rejected and neglected when it came to developmen­t and service delivery.

The community is characteri­sed by a high employment rate, high levels of crime and a high percentage of youth idling with no direction. The community lives below the poverty line.

The cries from Steynsburg have finally woken the master. It was a great relief to learn that the Deputy Minister of Agricultur­e, Land Reform and Rural developmen­t, Mcebisi Skwatsha, has roped in other stakeholde­rs to hear the struggles of the people.

The deputy minister brought five other deputy ministers from various department­s, three MECs, mayors and non-profit organisati­ons such as the Gift of the Givers to bring services and a developmen­t programme to the disgruntle­d Steynsburg community during a recent outreach programme.

Deputy Minister Sdumo Dlamini pledged that the department under his portfolio will roll out rural developmen­t programmes and the rural ICT programme aimed at youth developmen­t.

On the day, the Department of Human Settlement­s gave 200 food parcels for poor households. The Gift of the Givers pledged to bring a soup kitchen to the community.

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