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By unknown | Oct 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Lazarus Mnisi

Lazarus Mnisi

Real life starts in the villages and it does not matter whether one is from urban areas or well developed countries.

This is what ANC's bigwig, Tokyo Sexwale, told an audience during the sod-turning at a venue earmarked for a clinic in Utah village near the Manyeleti Game Reserve on Friday.

People had come in large numbers to see "Umsholozi" following an announcement that ANC president Jacob Zuma was billed to speak at the function.

Sexwale was there on behalf of Zuma and told those present that he had no doubt that the facility would benefit thousands of people in the Greater Manyeleti area.

"Development has now become a reality for the people of this area," Sexwale said. "Real life begins here."

He said there was a serious need for the improvement of rural communities and that the community should be taught to take care of their facilities.

Mpumalanga health MEC Fish Mahlalela said he was grateful for the facility but that there were still many challenges that had to be addressed.

"Our greatest challenge is for us to get professional nurses and doctors who will stay here," Mahlalela said.

A member of the community, Douglas Monareng, said he was happy that the clinic would be built in their area but his reason for coming to the function was to see Zuma.

But Zuma was in Equatorial Guinea for their their independence day celebrations.


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