Cry our beloved Giyani, the pride of Vatsonga natives
By Robert Maswanganyi and Angie Nkuna
Giyani- There was hope that the ANC government led by majority of black people will improve the lives of people from previously disadvantaged communities such as Giyani, nevertheless, the least they had coming from apartheid regime was destroyed.
Giyani View spoke to elderly people about the state of the communities which are faced with a water crisis.
The elderly stressed that the difference between the apartheid regime and the democratic government is that Giyani had water, and today has none.
“We had water in our communities and today we have no water. We are now forced to share ddrinking water with animals. Our water taps are dry. Before we blame the shortage of rain fall, the water pipes which channelled water from Nsami dam to the communities were neglected henceforth today we are faced with this crisis.
“The ANC government destroyed all what we had. The municipality is dysfunctional. We had our colleges named after our identity.” says Albert Chavani of Giyani Section E.
Prior to 1994, Giyani under the Gazankulu homeland government led by Prof H. W. E Ntsan’wisi, Giyani was the better place to live in than it is today.
Giyani people had university of Gazankulu, giyani college, giyani airport, tivumbeni college, banana farm in 14A, hoxani college, xingwedzi college, lemana college, Vatsonga and Shangaan unity. What did the ANC government did to all of that?
“The ANC-led government has been talking about prioritising education but how do they prioritize education and dismantle education institutions.
“All our institutions are gone or changed into something else and now we have Letaba TVET college and Limpopo nursing college. This are institutions which are in Giyani but not for Giyani people, we see people coming from far coming to take the opportunities from Giyani people.
“This brings us to the question if this is really the government that benefits the people or the elites. It has been reported that R3 billion has been spent on Giyani bulk water project since 2014 to deal with drought-stricken Giyani declared in 2009.
“However, till this day under these unbearable heat conditions, many communities around Giyani still don’t have access to drinking water. It’s unbelievable that people still use wheelbarrows to travel long distances to fetch water and sometimes they have to compete with animals for dirty water.
“We can’t deny the fact that Giyani just like any other black communities in South Africa has got many challenges such as the poor state of Nkhensani Hospital to name just a few and the government’s efforts to tackle them.
“If the government care enough about the people of Giyani. They must at least prioritize education and local economic development first by restoring all education institutions, and reopen all closed gold mines.
“Town planning and re-zoning of Giyani, business funding of SMME’s, Indigenuos economic reform, Prof HWE Ntsanwisi celebration, J. statue of Adolf Mhinga, IK Nxumalo and Prof HWE Ntsanwisi and make Giyani great again.
“In conclusion, I would like to pose this question to you as a reader. Who do we blame when things are like this? So do we blame the government or the voter?” asks Annah Mthombeni of Giyani Kremetat.
Giyani View spoke to a number of young people in and around Giyani ahead of final registration to cast their vote during the general election in May
By Robert Maswanganyi
Giyani- We are approaching the final week of voter registrations for citizens to be eligible to vote in the forthcoming provincial and national government elections in May. Giyani View took to the streets and engaged with young people.
What we have found shocking in the streets while engaging with young voters is that 90% of them are not interested in voting.
The number one common reason has been “voting doesn’t make a difference”.
This might be the toughest challenge for a government to overcome in a short time, especially with the fact that young people feel left out of government during public participation and in government policies.
Another group of young people said they are not going to vote because they’ve lost hope in the government.
With the high unemployment rate, inequality, racism, sexism, lack of funding for tertiary education and other issues faced by young people.
They feel like the government are dragging their feet in resolving issues affecting young people in Mzansi.
Furthermore, young people don’t know much about the candidates. There’s too many political parties and candidates to think about or consider before making a decision.
“In the last few months we have witnessed the emergence of new political parties. It is just a big decision to make in a short period of time, that is, a few minutes in the ballot booth.”
Lastly but not least, young people lacks significant knowledge about how exactly the government institutions works, and why their vote actually matters.
It’s just a few young people who said they know enough about voting and registering to vote. It is up to the government and all political parties to teach youth, especially first time voters how to register and vote, and convince them to exercise their democratic right to vote.