The voter registration weekend has really put things into perspective for the governing party of the ANC. It is very clear what the party need to do. President Ramaphosa got to experience the frustrations of communities in Swweto.
The community of Soweto did not leave anything behind when the president was campaigning and encouraging people to register to vote. Almost all parts of Soweto were complaining about one thing which is electricity. Some of the community doesn't have electricity because their transfomers had since broke down and Eskom has not been doing anything about their situation. They do not update them if there are any delays. Some communities have been without electricity for three years full.
On his weekly report, the president reflected on the weekend it was. As much as people want service delivery, they should also take note that there are some of the service that they have to pay for.
"Over the 30 years, we have provided a set of free basic services to millions of poor and indigent families. But for services to be sustainable, it is nessessary that residents pay for what they use above the free basic amount. What I found is that many communities were not aware of exactly how much free water electricity is provided to poor household"
We do know that the president might be referring to the people of Soweto. For the longest time people of Soweto have not been paying paying for electricity. This is one of the reason why Eskom is not fixing some of their problems.
All eyes are on this local government elections. This will be an indication of how the national election might go. This could be the time where we see change. People should not be affraid of change. If things are not working out, the best way is to change.
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