MARAPONG — Recruitment from the Lephalale Municipality data base was under way on Thursday 28th January at Marapong Library as hundreds of job seekers queued outside the information centre to submit their CVs.
The Information Centre is used by big companies in Lephalale when they are looking for potential employees. It was closed following the riots which took place in Marapong in September 2015; in addition, the community called for its permanent closure as they said it was not useful to them.
Despite this ongoing criticism from members of Marapong and other villages, Maeko said that it needed to be re-opened so that people in Marapong need no longer waste money going to and from town looking for employment.
“We need to get the info centre working so that people no longer have to spend money on taxi fares when they want to submit their CVs” Maeko echoed.
One of the major problems is that people who work in the centre are seen to resort to nepotism in the recruitment process instead of helping the community at large.
Maeko, together with Eskom representatives and the community of Marapong took it upon themselves to recruit temporary Community Liason Officers (CLO) to facilitate the centre until Eskom finds proper people to take over. The potential candidates needed a matric certificate and were asked a series of general knowledge questions.
Maeko strongly denied rumours that the CLO’s were chosen based on their political affiliation which is why they were chosen publicly.
Eskom representative Mr. Papo said that they needed to go back to the drawing board to come up with a strategy to ensure that Lephalale, Waterberg and Limpopo communities benefit without excluding those of other areas.
As part of the Lephalale Municipality “Back to Basics” Campaign in Marapong, not only did the municipality reopen the Info centre but they have promised the residents of Thulare Park that they will put in water tanks for them in section G and H. Two Apollo lights were also switched on in Marapong ext 4, the lights have since been off.
The following day Maeko and his councillors visited the community of Ditloung near Mokuruanyane to introduce the contractor that will be installing electricity to 28 houses in Ditloung – a project that will take 2 months to complete. The community also pleaded for a fence around their area to prevent their cattle and other domestic animals from wandering on to the road. Maeko encouraged everyone who has stands to build structures so that they can be electrified.
The EFF in Lephalale has since issued a statement ridiculing the “Back to Basics” Campaign – calling it a smear campaign for the upcoming elections.