Service delivery in the Nkaneng informal settlement near the Bleskop mine in Rustenburg in the North West remains a critical challenge.
Residents in the area told COPE’s Deputy President, Willie Madisha, that they lack basic services such as water, housing and electricity.
Madisha has been conducting an election campaign in the area.
COPE has been campaigning in the Nkaneng Informal Settlement near Rustenburg, ahead of local government elections.
Poor delivery of basic services such as roads, housing and clean water, remains the main challenge in the area.
Residents say services are all that matters to them.
“(We) do not have water. I have registered and I am going to vote. I’m voting because we do not have water,” says one resident.
“We do not have a lot of things We do not have jobs. We have to pay bribes to get jobs. We do not have food and we do not get food parcels. Really, we do not have anything here. We are suffering,” says another resident.
COPE has encouraged the residents to register and vote in order to bring change to their area. Madisha sees his party as a solution to the community’s challenges.
“It’s to make sure we fight and to make sure indeed that there is electricity, which is not there and to make sure that there is water, which is not there; to make sure that these kind of roads … there are no roads in actual fact, and that we deal with that.”
Madisha also issued a warning to COPE’s ward candidates if they do not deliver.
“We have told the people here, as you see them, that should our candidates who will be councillors not deliver within a month or two, (they) will be kicked out.”
Residents are optimistic that after the elections on the first of November they will see the changes they want in their area.
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