LEPHALALE — Lephalale Local Municipality Mayor Moloko Jack Maeko celebrated his birthday at Seleka Community Hall on Wednesday 17 May.
To start the day, Maeko and his entourage of councillors as well as municipal officials attended a sod turning ceremony at the construction site of Vodacom Towers at Bangalong and did a site visit to Bakonekwena pre-school.
The mayor distributed scientific calculators to Grade 12 maths and science learners as well as their educators in Sethula Secondary School in Bangalong. He delivered a brief speech and encouraged the learners to focus on their studies and to always remember that education is the only key to a brighter future. He also pleaded with them not to engage in sexual activities and alcohol/drug abuse. “Education is a priority for this municipality. Focus on your studies, through dedication and hard work your lives could change for the better”.
The birthday was attended by Kgoši Phetogo David Seleka of Seleka Royal Council and he expressed his gratitude for the fact that Maeko chose Seleka for this year’s celebration. Politicians Tolly Mashamaite and Soviet Lekganyane were also present.
Lekganyane indicated that he is pleased with Maeko’s leadership.
He advised Maeko to remain humble and not become big headed irrespective of the compliments he gets. “I know you as a humble, patient and understanding person and may all these compliments not change that.
Leadership is a choice to serve. A leader chooses to work for his people, empower his people and respect their views. No matter how poor a person is, their view can never be poor.
A leader opts to uplift his people and their dignity, resulting in them being eager to talk about him” he said.
He further advised him to be introspective, to look back at where he comes from and see how his life has progressed. That, he said, will help him become loyal to his people.
Looking at challenges South Africa faces Lekganyane said some leaders choose to not do good for their communities. He said some leaders steal money on a daily basis and the choices they have made make them forget that they are voted into their positions by the community they neglect.
Maeko thanked all the businesses that made donations toward his birthday celebration. He also thanked the Majadibodu family for giving him a wife who is always there for him.
Some of the struggle hero families in attendance included the family of Blekkie Dibetso, Mabalane Seleka and the Mpheroane’s.