RESIDENTS of Joubertina, where municipal services have almost completely disappeared, are taking essential services into their own hands. This is in line with dozens of other small towns in the Eastern Cape, which claim that neglect and lack of services are destroying their towns and livelihoods.
The recent auditor-general's report, which revealed that only 17 of 279 municipalities in South Africa had achieved clean audits, showed that not a single clean audit was given in the Eastern Cape.
In many of the towns, such as Jeffreys Bay and Bonnievale, groups of civic-minded volunteers have been formed under the banner of the "Droomdorp Project", to help their municipalities do their jobs.
In Joubertina, once the capital of the prosperous Langkloof fruit- growing area, businessmen, farmers, housewives and even schoolchildren are giving time and money to save their town.
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