Shoba roads crumbling

This road in Shoba shows an impossible situation for a motorist who may need access to the area.

 

A COMMUNITY member recently brought the roads in Shoba under scrutiny after posting photos in the AbaQulusi Residents Forum Facebook page.

The photos posted showed extremely eroded patches of land that this resident explained to be roads in Shoba.

“If you consider investing in the Shoba area, these are the Shoba roads for you,” read the post.

Locals who felt strongly about the post took to reminding everyone that the people currently living in Shoba initially did so illegally.

 

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“Before investing in Shoba, ask Abaqulusi Municipality to show you the approved SPLUMA application. The reason that road is looking like it does is because the Municipality is not responsible for an illegal development. The development was started illegally by the owner and not stopped by the Municipality in terms of the legislation applicable,” read a comment by Erhard Engelbrecht.

The Hlahlindlela Trust board confirmed in November 2014 that the people residing in Shoba were doing so illegally.

The land, which was at that time being sold for between R3000 to R8000 for people to build homes, was initially part of the R24 million land restitution project, which was handed out by former Land Affairs’, Thoko Didiza, in 2004 to the people of KwaBhanya.

The land included livestock, maize and wheat farms, and the community established the Hlahlindlela Trust to run these.

More than 700 cattle, about 400 sheep, horses and vast tracts of wheat, mealie-meal plantations and a gumtree forest were given to this community.

However, there were numerous cases of conflict between the community and the board members.

Despite the initial hostility, AbaQulusi Municipality seems to have taken this community under its wing.

This was shown last year when Shoba was included among the rural communities to obtain electricity. Most of the homes in Shoba currently have fully functioning electricity.

At the time when the project was introduced, many of these community members expressed their heartfelt gratitude as they had previously felt unwelcome.

Having given these residents electricity, there is a good chance that AbaQulusi might have something in the pipeline regarding Shoba’s crumbling roads.

  AUTHOR
Sine Thwala

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