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By Frank Maponya | Feb 15, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LIFE is still very hard for the people of Muyexe, a village on the outskirts of Giyani in Limpopo.

LIFE is still very hard for the people of Muyexe, a village on the outskirts of Giyani in Limpopo.

This is contrary to President Jacob Zuma's claim during his State of the Nation Address that the lives of the rural community have changed because of the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme.

The programme was launched in August last year. But residents here are still without basic amenities such as water, electricity, roads and jobs.

Zuma visited the village to launch the programme aimed at creating job opportunities. His wife Sizakele Zuma also visited the village to encourage women to plough in order to support their families.

The nearest tar road is 20km away and, depending on the weather, produce from the fields remains a pipe dream.

The community relies on those who have boreholes in their households for water. This is despite the promise by government to provide water to the residents.

Farms around the area are still the major employers as there are no sustainable jobs in the area.

The Hatlani-Muyexe Secondary School in the village does not have a single computer. For many of the pupils the thought of ultimately becoming farm workers after passing matric is a reality.

Of the 9 000 population in the area, only 12 people had been taken in to do internships at the Giyani police station.

None of the other government departments have offered jobs to the residents.

Headman Khazamula Ben Maluleke, 66, said the promise that Zuma's government made of providing the people with jobs has not materialised.

Maluleke said though 207 of his subjects were employed during the building of 231 RDP houses, the work has finished and the residents were jobless again.

He said the clinic at the village operated only on weekdays, with only two nurses.

"We were promised heaven and earth by this government and nothing is happening to date," he said.

Maria Sithole, 55, project leader of the Macela community garden that employs 36 people, said they relied on the produce they sold from the garden to support their families.

"We share the profits each time we sell our produce," Sithole said.


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