A youth has constructed a recreational park in Tshipaku village, outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo, to mitigate the effects of unemployment and a lack of social amenities in rural areas.
Dzulani Sidogi’s recreational park provides a place in which locals can host social events and have photo shoots in the remote village.
Dzuli’s Park has led to a boom in economic activities at a nearby spaza shop and enabled a local learner to pay for his school fees.
He says he dreams of building an even bigger park for the benefit of the villagers.
“I started this art when I was very young – when I was ten years old. So it was my dream when I was young that one day I want to build a park that will benefit the community, and people around here will come and enjoy themselves. It’s my dream to build a bigger park so that I will employ other youth like me to use their talent effectively but the biggest challenge for me is that I don’t have the materials.”
Villagers usually host their parties and other social gatherings for a fee. Some of them say they hope Sidogi can get financial support and increase the size of the park.
“I love this park because it enables us socialise with each other. I wish it can be increased in size. We are very proud of his work, there are no employment opportunities here. This is the first time we see something like this here, we hope that he can get help and grow this park.”