- A Limpopo grandmother walks 2km daily to beg for water which she puts into a bucket
- Sontaga Malaka is 78 and walks to neighbouring villages to beg for from households that have boreholes
- Early in the week, Malaka and other villagers staged a protest blocking a busy highway with their only demand from the municipality being water
A 78-year-old Limpopo grandmother has been walking 2km to fill up a 5l bucket with water. Sontaga Malaka is from Dipateng village. She walks to beg for water from people who have boreholes on their property, sometimes twice a day.
Yesterday, Malaka and 50 villagers from Dipateng joined by Sione, their neighbouring village, worked together to block roads which lead to a busy highway. The protest lasted two-days and their only demand was that their local municipality gives them water.
The community in Dipateng village claimed to have not received a consistent supply of water since early this year. The villagers, stated that he water tanks nearby were closed without prior warning from the operator.
In a report by GroundUp.org.za, Danis Madidimalo, a community leader, said he had approached the Molemole municipality several times but to no avail. Madidimalo added that on Monday they had come to the conclusion that they would need to block the roads to get the attention of their municipality.
An interview with Donald Machaba from the Molemole municipality in the above mentioned article confirmed that Sione village would receive water by means of tank today and that Dipateng currently has running water.
In other protest news, Briefly.co.za reported that Disgruntled unemployed youths shut down a PE mall with protests. About 80 young men and women shut the main gate at the newly renovated Motherwell Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning.
They are demanding jobs at the mall. Shoppers and people going to collect their Covid-19 UIF grants had to wait outside the gate until the protesters delivered a petition to mall management at 10 am.
The protesters sang songs and jeered at construction workers finishing renovations inside the mall. The mall has been extended and many new shops have opened.
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