Twelve community members in the Great Kei municipality have been empowered to maintain potholes. The state of the roads infrastructure in the Eastern Cape is shocking and the Democratic Alliance has decided to come up with an initiative to solve the problem.
This initiative forms part of the “Jobs campaign” of the Democratic Alliance. Country wide DA public representatives and activists are embarking on a series of initiatives that will entail skills transfer projects to communities.
The DA Great Kei councillors Sharne Jacobs and Lappies Labuschagne and activist Bev Wood embarked on a pothole repair project in Blue Waters.
With unemployed members of the community identified for this project, the process of learning to patch potholes properly under the guidance of Gavin Swart, a retired Roads Engineer, took place Saturday 24 August.
The participants were paid a token amount for their efforts.
What is encouraging is that basic equipment such a spades, picks, hand compactors are used.
Of crucial importance is to ensure that this and other planned initiatives are sustainable and grow thus broadening opportunity for as many people as possible to partake of skills training and possible employment.
By so doing this will be a leg up to lift such folk out of poverty to a dignified life of employment.
If business owners and community organisations can club together and sponsor a few bags of tar, supply or lend basic tools and use skills from the knowhow of Road Engineers, huge progress can be made in alleviating unemployment and fixing and maintaining our potholed roads in the province.