Less than five years after it was opened, the North West’s state-of-the-art R3.2 million Lebaleng Community Library outside Wolmaransstad has few working computers and no functional toilets.
A 26-year-old North West man recently killed himself after being diagnosed with HIV, leaving his family and two-year-old child in shock. A local counsellor says the death underscores the need for better counselling.
North West bus driver Johannes Mpofu Ngwanathota says he fears for the safety of the more than 200 young learners he transports daily in a school bus meant for only half that load. He blames not only the bus owner, but a lack of schools in the rural North West community.
In the rural North West town of Makwassie, poverty continues to fuel drug use and crime, according to community members who recently participated in a mock debate as part of a community dialogue.
Lebaleng Stadium used to be a focal point of life in Makwassie, about 130 kms north of Welkom. Now as rubbish mounts, community members say the stadium has become a haven for drug use and delinquency.
As December continues, some South Africans are likely to be spending end of the year bonuses on booze in what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed one of Africa’s hardest drinking nations.