- 2 youngsters in Uitenhage volunteer to fix what their municipality fails to fix
- They regularly fill up potholes and block sewerage leaks
- Local residents have praised their selfless initiative
Two teenagers in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, regularly volunteer to fix potholes and sewerage leaks in their area.
According to Herald Live, 19-year-old Manfred Fortein and 14-year-old Amelio Oorman do their volunteer work every two weeks.
They took matters into their own hands after the local municipality failed to find a permanent solution to the recurrent sewerage leak along Tuna Road, Briefly.co.za learned.
Amazingly, the dedicated youngsters started their initiative four years ago. In addition, they do not expect compensation for their work. Manfred said:
It’s not about the money; it’s about living in a clean environment, especially for the children in the area who walk past every day because it floods in front of the shop.
Manfred and Amelio use simple methods, such as clearing up sewer blockages using steel rods and covering the mess with sand to get rid of the smell.
They urged their municipality to find a permanent solution to the leaks. Their neighbours also praised them for their selfless initiative.
More community members are taking matters into their own hands in the face of poor service delivery.
Briefly.co.za recently reported that residents of Coligny, North West, teamed up to fix potholes on their roads.
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