KZN, NOT BETTER SINCE 1994
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
Embo is an area just outside Hillcrest situated at the bottom of a hill and not very pleasing to the eye.
The KwaZulu-Natal government celebrated Freedom Day just a month ago with a rally under the theme “A better KZN since 1994”.
Premier Senzo Mchunu alongside other KZN leaders delivered speeches of good report.
Mchunu said that the KZN of 2014 is better than the one of 1994, citing that the democratic government has provided better housing, sanitation, water, electricity and road infrastructure.
It seems Mchunu is talking about a different KZN because things in Embo are not on par with this development.
The Nzimande family has been living in Embo for over 30 years and can barely mention a thing about development.
There is just one tarred road that leads to this area, the rest are dusty and can be very muddy when it rains, which is the reason why public transport refuses to drive in and the people have to walk up the hill for a while.
Patricia Nzimande visits the hospital RK Khan in Chatsworth once every month because there is no public hospital in her area. She has to wake at 04:00am to start the journey up the hill where she can get a taxi.
The toilets the family has to use don’t reflect the best sanitation.
Her son Thabane Nzimande is a proud ANC member but can also attest that the toilets built by the government are dysfunctional.
“The toilet was built in 1988 I was still in school, and the ones built in 2004 by this government the people can’t use they rather use it for storage,” Thabane said.
The houses are barely standing, not all the roads are tarred, the only way to get rid of dirt is to burn it because rubbish is not collect on a regular basis.
Yet five minutes away is a suburb called Waterfall and it’s governed by the DA and it reflects the KZN Mchunu is speaking of.
We are 20 years into South Africa’s democracy, statistics show that there has been development, but the question is, is it enough?