DA National Spokesperson
Earlier this morning I visited Skhila township just outside Lydenburg in Mashishing municipality. I visited as part of a DA delegation including DA Leader in Mpumalanga, Anthony Benadie.
We went to Skhila to clean up the area and talk to the residents about their service delivery concerns. Most people were concerned with refuse removal services, high unemployment, water and electricity provision.
We spent several hours cleaning the area both by hand and with machinery. It is clear that there are no regular refuse removal services. This means that the community has had to create refuse dumps for themselves in close proximity to their living space. This means people are exposed to decomposing refuse on a daily basis. It is unsanitary and unsafe, especially for children.
We cleaned up the refuse dumps and will be moving the refuse to the town dump site.
It is shameful that some of our people continue to live in such conditions. What is worse is that since the ANC-run Mashishing municipality does not provide regular refuse removal services, it is likely that the community will simply have to fill the dumps again.
Today showcases how failed governments and a lack of service delivery actively undermine people’s living standards. Mashishing’s inability to keep the Skhila township clean means that children have to live in unsanitary and dangerous conditions.
The DA in the Skhila municipality will be monitoring the situation closely and will demand that the Mayor extend refuse removal services to Skhila township.