I live in Botlokwa‚ a beautiful rural town surrounded by mountains which lies to the north of Polokwane City in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Although it is a friendly community‚ we face many problems which make our lives challenging. The area is experiencing drought‚ and we have no running water‚ so our farm animals are suffering. High unemployment has led to poverty‚ with most families surviving on small grants from the government. This has led to an increase in crime‚ and alcoholism is rampant‚ especially as there are no facilities or entertainment for the young people‚ so many of them frequent the shebeens (informal taverns) in the town. Teenage pregnancies are commonplace. Despite all this‚ our community is hospitable‚ welcoming people from many different African countries among us and we enjoy the mix of our modern shopping centre and our African traditions.