Sun, Jun 20, 2021

COVID-19 Lockdown – Local shops too small to cater for the big Sefikile Village


By Amo Tshabalala

COVID 19 has affected us negatively and I personally feel and think that everything has happened so fast that most of the people didn’t get a chance to understand what this is all about. By the time they try to figure out, a lockdown has already been institutedLocal shops are open but we can’t find everything that we want because the shops are too small to cater for a big village like ours, Sefikile Village under Moses Kotane Local Municipality in North West Province. Despite us failing to get most of the stuff that we want from the shops, we don’t have many problems, we have access to water and we are following updates from TV and radio on the status quo of the crisis.

Some of the people were beaten for not cooperating but that didn’t happen because of lack of knowledge it was because of them being rude and not following the instructions. The police found them in the street boozing and the police tried to talk to them nicely but they refused to disperse. Everyone in the village is now abiding by the instructions on the lockdown. However, the rising cases of the virus in North West Province is worrying us. I would like to urge everyone to abide by what the authorities say to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Let’s stay home and be free from COVID-19. #stayhomeandfightcovid19togetherasone.

Road Rehabilitation in Sefikile Community as Ubumbano Trainings Bear Fruits



From my last year’s project of the internal road/main access road that was in a very bad condition is now being fixed and the good news about that is that the mine read my story and decided to ask for a meeting to meet with me Amo and the Sefikile community council as the mine is well aware that we are working together to take the community forward and develop it. On that meeting the council made the mine aware that am busy writing another story about the cracked houses that was caused by the mine as we never had a problem of cracked houses before the mine came. On that date, the 30th of August 2019, we spoke about a lot of things, project that was supposed to have been given to the Sefikile community but was never delivered. However, we have started communicating about such projects and how it should be going forward. Projects like:
1: Salvage yard
2: Land fill
3: Organic farming

At last, the mine promised that everything that was and is meant for us, they will make sure these are given to us before end of this year. It is all written in paper that it is what is exactly going to happen as there is proof that all those projects belong to the Sefikile community and that it is part of the SLP that the mine need to comply with.

As for the main road that was in a bad condition, after reading Amo’s story, there is an internal road project and the good thing about it is that it is Amo who is monitoring it since from last. As activists taking our communities to the level where it should be is our vision and our mission is for us to be there when all is happening,witnessing it all being successful.

Lack of water while Women’s Day is celebrated.


It is women’s month but in Sekhukhune, South Africa we still see things that will break your heart. It is on 8 August 2019 just few hours before Women’s Day but lack of water forced a local woman at Sekhukhune to go and do washing at Semene river. While other women enjoy the 9 August 2019, she will be tired as a result of spending the whole day from taking the water from the river using a bucket, pouring into the washing basins, washing the clothes and  collecting the water again to rinse the clothes and she is few meters from the river to wash without disturbances from animals.

She won’t be able to hang the clothes on the smaller trees to dry but will have to take them home while wet and she walks a distance from the river. Some of the cows that drink water from the river eat clothes and there is dust on the trees since August is not a rain month in Sekhukhune. She wont celebrate women’s day like others because having no water make her life difficult.