LEPHALALE — Attended by local Royal Council representatives and residents who largely have interest in the operations of the municipality, the first IDP roadshow of the calendar year 2017 was held in Martinique community hall between Ditloung and Mokuronyane.
Municipal officials presented the key priority areas within Lephalale Municipality such as basic service delivery and infrastructure, local economic development and financial management as well as viability among important aspects.
Due to a number of job opportunities in Lephalale, the municipality has been experiencing an influx of job seekers who escalate the population statistics to greater heights.
According to a 2016 census report Lephalale has a population of approximately 140 240 residents. Also 1 470 households receive free basic services for they have been registered as needy people.
It has been emphasised that free basic services like electricity, water and sanitation can still be freely accessed by those who earn less than R3 500, are 18 years old or above, have debts at Lephalale Municipality and stay in a house registered in their name.
In the IDP report:
- The population growth rate between 2011 and 2016 has been estimated at 13.5%, with a 22.2% unemployment rate.
- A total of 1 932 jobs were created through strategic partners in the July 2015 – June 2016 fiscal.
- Of that, a total of 1 385 jobs were created through municipal LED and capital projects, where about 115 jobs were created through EPWP Waste programmes.
Moving forward for next financial year the municipality promised to look at upgrading the road entering town with an extra lane each, upgrade Ellisras Hospital, build two technical training centres, tar roads in Marapong, especially Manamela Park, EXT2 and EXT4 as well as renovating adopted schools in the villages and one old age centre in Seleka.
In this financially difficult time Lephalale Municipality consumers are to be hit hard in their pockets as the municipality has proposed a tariff increase percentage for 2017/18 which looks like this:
- Rates 6.4%
- Electricity, which the municipality says is in line with NERSA guideline 1.8%
- Water 8%
- Sanitation 8%
- Refuse 6.4%
Issues of low quality water, Apollo lights not functioning and in some areas not even installed, were dominating factors for concern as some community members asked questions during the clarity and discussion slot.
Lephalale Municipal Manager Edith Tukakgomo said as IDP is a July-June fiscal journey they have broken the roadshows into three clusters that will see it held in Marapong also.
From the municipality the IDP was attended by the Mayor, Exco members, Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC), Councillors and Municipal officials.