- The City of Johannesburg residents are fed up with the government and its lack of action and have decided to take things into their own hands
- A group of Joburgers recently took to the dusty streets of Joburg to commence a cleanup operation
- Members of a Joburg community were spotted either filling potholes with asphalt or cleaning up litter and overgrown weeds
It isn't surprising to see that people in South Africa are still complaining about service delivery - what is a pleasant surprise, however, is the fact that they are no longer sitting back but now taking matters into their own hands. A Johannesburg community is one of those groups making a change.
The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has intervened with its #StopCitizenAbuse campaign and decided that enough is enough. Taking to Weltevreden, the IRR witnessed how residents in the area had decided to fill potholes and clean up dirt in their community.
After watching how the community cleaned up the area themselves, the IRR has called on other communities who find themselves in similar situations to reach out to them so that they can use it as inspiration to other communities and at the same time apply pressure on the government when it comes to actually deliver the services it promised to South African citizens.
According to MetroWatch, the community members of Weltevreden used around R200k from their very own pockets to buy everything their need to fill up about 80 potholes, cut grass, and grow trees in their area.
Meanwhile, IOL also reported that Johannesburg City has, however, said that they will gain the dismal pothole situation under control when it announced earlier this week that its Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA) asphalt plant, which has not been operational since August, is now functional.
In other Briefly News, just when you think you've seen it all, KZN residents host a fishing contest that took place in the area using potholes to fish out of. Heading online, a Facebook page belonging to a group of people dedicated to cleaning up their community and bringing light to a dreadful pothole problem in the area shared pictures of the event that took place recently.
According to a news report, the event is the brainchild of Curry's Post Conservancy, which was looking for a way to raise money to employ local people to pick up litter and to generally clean up the area. They also wanted to highlight the pothole problem certain parts of KZN are facing.
So for R20, locals were allowed to "fish" inside the potholes, in which bright yellow rubber ducks floated around while blow-up dinosaurs watched wistfully. Also in the mix was a bagpipe player that entertained the contestants.
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