By: Angie Nkuna
GIYANI- The newly elected youth forum at Bambeni village in Giyani met for the second time since Sunday.
The Bambeni Youth Forum (BYF) has drafted a memorandum of demands, demanding that the village royal council should practice their duties and prioritize the lives of the community members.
Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, young people in the village agreed that contractors in the village should hire members of the village and failure to do so, the village will come to a standstill.
Giyani View has learned that they’re about more than three contractors currently operating in the village and none of the contractors hired people from the village.
Bambeni Sub- station, Khato Civil camp, Shimiriri open cast mine are amongst the contractors in question. Meanwhile, the forum question why an estimated R650 000. 00 which was compensated to the village by Eskom and Limpopo Road Agency between 2010 and 2016, when the sub- station and tar road were constructed in the village was channeled to Dzumeri royal council.
BYF spokesperson, Blessing Mabunda told the only informer in town that there’s no health centre, library or sports facility in the village but the village was compensated millions recently.
“We’re sick and tired and time to act is now. We’re basically fighting wrongful conduct by our leadership. The security company at the Bambeni Sub- station hasn’t hired security officers from this village. We have more than eleven security officers with firearms, but are being overlooked.
“Young people in this village don’t know how to utilise the internet and it’s the reason they don’t apply for admissions in the universities, but millions of Rands which would have been used to improve their computer knowledge has been squashed.
“Where in the world, if not in Bambeni village where a contractor comes with his labour to commence a project and not hire members of that community and that project isn’t questioned by the leaders of the community?” Fumed Mabunda.
The memorandum will be submitted today, Thursday and the Bambeni royal council have until the 8th of March 2018 to respond.
Former Mughana Lonene FM DJ, Junior Zitha is the chairperson of BYF. Zitha told Giyani View that the waiting is over and time to act is now.
Bambeni royal council head, Geberlt Mabunda wasn’t immediately reached for a comment.