Busi­ness­man from Ilinge:

The Rep - - IN OUR POST | BAG -

It is em­bar­rass­ing to find that some govern­ment de­part­ments are ig­no­rant about de­vel­op­ment of some com­mu­nity ar­eas such as Ilinge. Ilinge town­ship was built in 1965, in Transkei. I ar­rived in 1969 and there was no elec­tric­ity and tele­phone. After 1994, elec­tric­ity fa­cil­i­ties were put in place and dis­trib­uted ac­cord­ingly, but noth­ing has been done by Telkom to date.

Ilinge is a big lo­ca­tion sit­u­ated 20km from Ko­mani. It has a huge fleet of minibuses in the taxi in­dus­try. There are a lot of churches, schools, a clinic, a po­lice sta­tion, a post of­fice, shops, bot­tle stores, tav­erns, she­beens and other busi­nesses.

Yet there are no land­line ser­vices at Ilinge. The com­mu­nity has to travel for 20km to fax from town and back. Even the lo­cal post of­fice has no fax fa­cil­i­ties.

Fax­ing is im­por­tant as the com­mu­nity sends fu­neral claim forms to the in­sti­tu­tions for fu­neral funds. The un­em­ployed peo­ple in the com­mu­nity fax CVs for new jobs and re­lated is­sues. All those priv­i­leges can­not be en­joyed by the peo­ple of Ilinge.

I run a busi­ness which sells elec­tric­ity, air­time, does DStv pay­ments, Lotto, pho­to­copies, e-mail, typ­ing, print­ing, scan­ning, lam­i­nat­ing, etc . . . but I can­not of­fer fax­ing be­cause there are no land­lines for the fax ma­chines.

In my per­sonal ca­pac­ity, I ap­plied for a land­line and was de­clined.

The im­por­tance of Telkom poles is equiv­a­lent to Eskom poles in busi­ness.

This is a sin­cere re­quest to the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion de­part­ment to stand up and take dras­tic mea­sures for the Ilinge com­mu­nity. It is only 5km from the N6 line to this area. Copy Eskom’s style. It will be highly ap­pre­ci­ated if Telkom can re­spond to this re­quest pos­i­tively.

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