LEPHALALE — Lephalale Mayor Jack Maeko said that people in the community need to be patient when it comes to projects that are in the pipeline, especially once they have notified the community regarding these projects.
“Every day we are accused of making empty promises to the community regarding service delivery. What the community needs to realise is that there are extended processes which take place before the implementation of projects” Maeko said.
Maeko was speaking at the ceremony for the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Lephalale Municipality, Exxaro Mine, and Road Agency Limpopo (RAL) held at Manketti Lodge on Thursday (21 January 2016). The memo undertakes that these three entities will work together to upgrade the roads in the different communities and villages within the Lephalale Municipality and to better the lives of those living in villages in terms of economic and employment opportunities.
Ward 11 Councillor Motebele in his opening remarks also acknowledged the fact that they are labelled as liars by the community. Since they have had meetings with the community and engaged with them on upcoming projects there has been no feedback given on the current status of those projects. “A lot of people are saying we are pushing propaganda, with promises but no delivery, but now we can go back to the community and give them the good news” said Motebele.
The roads that will be upgraded are the Letlora to Sefihligo road and Mokhuruanyane via Kiti to Maletswai which will be Phase one and two. The other roads to follow will be Thabo Mbeki via Ga-Mocheku to Kiti and Maeteletsa to Bangalong.
Ramesh Chhagan, Exxaro Group Manager on Community Development said that a large number of people in rural areas have been denied access to the economy of this country and with the roads being upgraded they will have free movement to trade. To that end he encouraged members of the areas to take advantage of the opportunities being offered. “I hope that the road will encourage rural communities to network and have the ability to grow and reach their business ambitions”
Maeko added that more than 200 jobs will be created when the projects start.
Andrew Mocheku representing the Mokhuruanyane, Seleka and Shongoane tribal authorities also said that he hopes that the projects are just not going to be on paper but that people will benefit. He added that the gravel roads in the three respective villages are hard to travel on especially after it had rained. “Let’s speed up this process as taxis and other modes of transport are damaged every time they have to use the gravel roads” said Mocheku.