Seleka — Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane along with the MEC for Public Works, Jerry Ndou and Councillor Zunaid Mosam of Waterberg District Municipality opened the Imbizo focus week in Seleka on Monday 4 April 2016.
The programme started late with the delegates waiting for the arrival of community members who needed to be transported from various neighbouring villages.
The crowd was uninterested when a representative from IEC gave a brief presentation on the importance of registering to vote for the upcoming elections; something which both MEC Ndou and Lephalale Municipality Speaker, Rosina Boloka, emphasized saying that people need to register to vote during the upcoming registration weekend.
Taking to the podium Minister Zwane said that Imbizos are about the community and their complaints.
“I am very happy with the way the community of Lephalale is behaving towards service delivery and the opening of the Imbizo is for government to be close to you, to hear and listen to what you as the community have to say to us” said Zwane.
He also said that in October last year he was in Lephalale to launch a R560 million housing project which will benefit the people of Lephalale, and five companies were given mining rights.
“We need to address the issue of teenage pregnancies and how we can prevent them as we can’t survive on social grants. Unemployment also needs to be looked at by comparing notes to find solutions and to see how we can sustain ourselves after the life span of all the mines has finished.”
The community were given a chance to comment and Sello Moselane pleaded with the Minister to speak to leaders within Medupi to clear all blacklisted artisans and previous workers so that they can benefit from job opportunities in Medupi.
“We would like to thank the provincial department for the upgrading of the Seleka access road, honestly we see things happening in Lephalale. But the Seleka stadium is not open to the community and there are soccer teams who want to use the stadium to practice in but it is always locked” said community member, William Mothoni.