THE BEAUTY AND FLAWS OF KWADABEKA
By: Londekile Nzama
KwaDabeka is the warmest place to be. Once you’ve been to this township, you’d want to brag to everyone how you’ve experienced paradise right outside your doorstep.
There are many spectacular things in KwaDabeka. When I first came to this place, I was enveloped by a sense of wellbeing. What I came across was a tranquil beauty that surprised all my expectations and took my breath away.
At the Shadow of Outdoor Events which is one of most popular hang-out spots, you can spend your lazy afternoons, sampling the menu at the cocktail bar or enjoy a mouth-watering high tea on the terrace. Entertainment performers captivate guests with their vibrant and energetic songs and dances. The property includes glamour and sophistication, with innovative design, personalised amenities and unsurpassed service.
Most people from KwaDabeka are so kind. They have the spirit of giving and sharing. They sacrifice their time and efforts in making the lives of the less privileged better. Every weekday, you’d see influxes of people spend their time doing charitable work.
The community of KwaDabeka lives in harmony. They all work together in reaching the same objective. Even though the unemployment rate is very high, community members do not wait for the government to do things for them. Instead, people of this community started a community garden. If more people can feed themselves, there will be less desperation and less need for people to resort to petty crimes. Many people can now be able to provide a descent healthy meal for their families because of such initiatives.
Some of the flaws of KwaDabeka have to be reckless driving done on the roads. Pedestrians’ lives are frequently in danger. There was a day when I was on my way to school, and a car suddenly drove past in raging speed along the pavement. I was hit by a sudden wave of fear. I was so shocked and fortunately the driver was able to stop the car before it injured anyone. I was so traumatised; I failed to even concentrate in class on that day.
Another flaw that this community faces has to be the lack of job opportunities. This factor makes the youth wander around in the streets then end up resorting to drugs and alcohol. This makes the youth unable to take charge of their lives and watch the elderly making efforts of making a living. Young people do not act positively towards their lives and their future.
Despite all the challenges that this community faces, KwaDabeka is indeed still a special place that has taught me to give a helping hand to the needy.
Londekile Nzama is a Grade 12 learner at the Ilanga High School. Her essay was voted as the best amongst her peers by the Journalismiziko editorial team. The team wishes her all the best in her final exams and future aspirations.