Better roads, housing and help with national lotteries winnings are some of the problems that the people of KaNyamazane wanted President Cyril Ramaphosa to address.
President Cyril Ramaphosa made his first ever visit to Mpumalanga Province since his dramatic election as ANC president and head of state more than a year ago.
He visited several families whose houses were damaged by a storm in May last year.
Witness Zulu (59), said she was elated to see the president pay her a visit and was worried that her husband was not home to witness the historic visit.
“He will be very upset to hear that you were at the house,” said the shy Zulu.
“Where is your husband?” Asked Ramaphosa.
“He’s at work,” she replied.
Her house was one of those damaged by the devastating storm that hit several townships in Mbombela in May last year.
Ramaphosa asked what she wanted from the government.
“You have seen the roads are inaccessible,” said Zulu, but she thanked Ramaphosa that her house that had been damaged by the storm has been fixed.
Ramaphosa acknowledged and said that the roads are being attended to.
The president’s visit to Mbombela is part of the ANC’s campaign ahead of the national and provincial elections in May this year.
The last time Ramaphosa visited Mbombela was in November 2017 at the invitation of the South African Communist Party to celebrate its Red October Campaign. The ANC’s provincial executive hastily organised a counter rally that was addressed by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at KwaMhlanga.
Ramaphosa visited several families in the township exchanging pleasantries with the township folk and asking them to vote for the ANC before attending a rally at Kanyamazane stadium.
He was accompanied by several NEC members, including Obed Bapela, Gwen Ramokgopa, Nomaindia Mfeketo Nathi Mthethwa and national assembly chief whip, Jackson Mthembu.
Esther Nkosi used the opportunity to ask the President to assist her recover her lottery winnings that she had invested at Standard Bank and possibly lost it.
She claimed that after her investment had matured, she didn’t get anything.
Ramaphosa promised to help her.
“I will sleep peacefully tonight,” said an elated Nkosi.