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A month ago I travelled to GaModjadji in the far north of Limpopo to visit my grandmother and spend time with my cousin when he paid lobola for his lovely wife.
I was travelling with my nephew, Kabelo Kgatla, and as one does on these journeys, we spoke about anything and everything.
When we reached GaKgapane township I started worrying about the road ahead.
Since I was a child, the road from GaKgapane to my grandmother's small village, Mawa, had always been a badly-maintained gravel road. I told Kabelo my fears.
"Don't worry," he said, "they are doing something about it now."
And indeed, the road is being tarred for a large stretch from the kraal of the Rain Queen, Modjadji, into the deep rural areas up to an area called Mokwakwaila. Travelling on it was a joy.
So Kabelo and I spoke about the meaning of a road for those villages.
A good road means many of those villagers will have access to better health and education.
For example, travelling from Mawa Village to GaKgapane Hospital used to be a nightmare. People used to die trying to get to hospital.
Now, because the road is being tarred, it will be far easier to have access to the hospital.
Those of us who live in the cities might not appreciate the enormity of what people like those villagers have to go through, but it is a reality of their lives that will now change.
A road means access to jobs, some urban amenities and schools that are better equipped and a whole host of things.
That road means progress. It means government officials will now be more accessible to those communities.
It means businessmen who run taxis will spend less money repairing their cars.
Many of us take roads and the many amenities we have for granted. But when I travelled on that road I realised just what it meant.
Many of us wonder why the ANC is so strong in the rural heartland.
Well, it is always instructive to travel. When I arrived at my grandmother's village I slept in my aunt's RDP house and drank water in the village from a government-installed tap. There is a new tarred road through the village.
In 2009, when the elections come, those communities will vote for the ANC.
For them, this party has delivered beyond expectations. That is the truth they can see in front of them.