- Two volunteers are making a difference in their townships
- Amos Matsimela fixes potholes while Pedro Mahlangu unblocks the drainage
- They volunteered as a result of slow service delivery
Two volunteers in Pretoria are making a real difference in their townships instead of waiting for service delivery, which sometimes never comes.
27-year-old Pedro Mahlangu couldn't stand the sight of stormwater forming puddles in the streets of his community in Mamelodi East, Daily Sun reports.
This was caused by blocked drains. Pedro therefore took it upon himself to unblock them once a week, Briefly.co.za learned.
In an interview, the selfless volunteer said he hoped his initiative would inspire youths to help keep townships clean.
He also hopes to raise awareness about health hazards caused by unhygienic spaces in township communities.
For his part, 54-year-old Amos Matsimela realised that potholes in his Kontant community were "death traps."
He was often woken up at night when motorists braked sharply to avoid them. Sometimes, the motorists even asked him to help fix their tyres in the middle of the night.
Amos therefore took it upon himself to start repairing potholes — without expecting anything in return. He said the results are encouraging:
I thought it would be a good idea to help motorists who use this route every day. There are fewer accidents and punctures. I love what I'm doing.
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