EMGANWINI residents have resorted to digging reticulation trenches and cutting grass under a community-based voluntary service as the Bulawayo City Council (concil) was failing to undertake the projects.
BCC Ward 26 councillor Norman Hlabano told Southern Eye yesterday that the Emganwini community had recently embarked on digging trenches and they were now focusing on grass cutting.
“As Emganwini residents, we have recently donated our labour by digging trenches in critical areas with the help of council pegging the trenches. It is the council’s job to dig trenches, but we have taken it upon ourselves to do so because it won’t help us to just complain as council is affected by economic problems like everyone else,” Hlabano said.
He said the excessive rains had resulted in very tall grass that had become a haven for criminals who robbed people and raped women. Harmful reptiles like snakes also found refuge in the tall grass.
Hlabano said they would also be cutting grass at schools to ensure that pupils learn in a safe environment.
“As a community, it is our responsibility to look after our children because they like playing everywhere around the school. We don’t want to wake up one day and find that one of our children has been bitten by a snake,” Hlabano added.