Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Twelve years into democracy and we are still no better off than we were.
It is very disconcerting that the Limpopo Department of Arts and Culture is spending R12 million on a festival while large parts of the province remain gripped in poverty and under-development.
Many people still live in mud houses in areas such as Marobjane, Ga-Machaba, Thulamahashe, Ga-Manaka and Ga-Mokoko.
This is contrary to places like Lebowakgomo, Seshego and Mokopane. The residents of those areas must be beaming at the prospect of the remarkable development in their area.
What is more disheartening is that this staggering amount, courtesy of taxpayers, could have been used to make a huge difference in people's lives.
It hurts that there are areas which need schools, clinics and libraries, but the department spends money on a festival.
It seems as if people have lost touch with themselves, and the culture of learning has also dwindled among villagers. Are we being taken for a ride?
It is a sad state of affairs. Newspapers should send their reporters to my area to show the entire nation how we live.
Newspapers must expose the vast disparity between the people living in Seshego and those in the countryside.
Percy Sepaela, Ga-MalebogoGa-Malebogo