Every morning when Agnes Mahatlhane goes to his backyard, he faces the inability of his local community.
More than two months in front of his house, a front-loader was parked, a member of JB Marks in Ventersdorp.
It blocked part of the right side of Manaka Street.
The road is narrow as long as the new obstacle makes it difficult to navigate.
To avoid collisions, drivers are forced to climb the Mahatlhane pavement.
The 58-year-old informed the municipality about the car but did not receive the answer.
Her heavy sighs and frown symbolize the attitude of many people to a local municipality in Ventersdorp.
Agnes Mahatlhane (58) is looking at a front loader parked in front of her home in Makweteng, Ventersdorp, for more than two months. Image: Chante Schatz / News24
"It is difficult to live in this situation"
"There was no improvement – all in the city got worse," he told News24 resident King Mogale.
The 53-year-old was born and raised in a small agricultural farm.
"We experience frequent breaks of electricity and water – without notice"
Constant power failures have destroyed several devices in Mogale's house.
"It is difficult to live in this situation."
King Mogale (53) is sitting in a local office in Ventersdorp. Image: Chante Schatz / News24
In 2016, the Ventersdorp and Tlockwaters municipalities joined JB Marks.
The surroundings are about an hour's drive away – The hall is in Potchefstroom.
When the news of the merger was published, Ventersdorpa residents protested.
The locals complained of the lack of merger consultations.
One of their major concerns was that it would further delay the provision of services in their city because their service requirements would have to be filed in the Tlokwe Municipality.
Lack of drainage infrastructure has led to water accumulation in many streets. Chante Schatz / Vijesti24
Establishing a new municipality
"The municipality of JB Marks was placed under administration, but this fact itself is not what disagrees with the people, but most of them are not surprised – what the residents raised in the gun," wrote one angry resident in the editor's letter in the latest issue of Potchefstroom Herald.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the provincial government plans to locate the municipality under administration.
The municipality announced on Tuesday that the provincial government "identified several areas where the municipality feels that the municipality is struggling with service delivery."
The latest developments followed years of complaints about poor management, corruption and collapse of service delivery.
The development project in Ventersdorp saw the municipality shut down at the end of last year due to constant protests.
An unlawful landfill at Tshing's Ventersdorp site hampers the passage to the local cemetery. Image: Chante Schatz / News24
Our municipality does not work
Lack of service is there for everyone to see when traveling through parts of Ventersdorp.
Several streets within local neighborhoods are covered with garbage.
The free country has become a landfill.
Lack of drainage infrastructure has led to water accumulation in many streets.
A community activist, Sello Dassie, said municipal officials made great promises, but when it comes to delivery, they are short.
"The whole question of providing services is in drones because … our municipality does not work."
A 41-year-old woman who has been living in Ventersdorp for over 30 years said the city would be better than an independent entity.
Like Dassie, many locals feel that joining the municipalities has pushed the needs of Ventersdorp residents on the edges.
They believe people living in much larger and more urbanized neighborhoods receive billing.
"Nothing is better because we got together with the Tlokwe, things are worse," Dassie said.
Sello Dassie (41) stands in front of the local office in Ventersdorp, where he meets with community leaders to discuss urban issues. Image: Chante Schatz / News24
Finding a common ground
The announcement by JB Marks of the municipality that was placed under administration was not warmly accepted by the officials.
After that, the municipal council dismissed the provincial government's decision.
The Chamber felt dazed and said it was necessary to conduct a thorough consultation process before making a final decision on the future of the municipality.
In a statement released on Friday, the provincial government of the Northwestern Territory has announced it is open to "further engagement" with the municipality in the hope of finding the best solution to resolve immediate issues.
Although the future of JB Marks is uncertain, it is clear that residents need effective leadership and well-organized local government to fulfill their promises.
Elizabeth Ntlatlane (33) removes sand from the already built foundation for its new home of the RDP in Toevlug's village Ventersdorp. Since the fate of JB Marks hangs around the end, the future of building her home is uncertain. Image: Chante Schatz / News24