Roadshow report

LEPHALALE — Limpopo MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, Jerry Ndou, outlined his Department’s five year plans for the Waterberg District Municipality at a road show programme held in Thabo Mbeki hall in Lephalale on Tuesday 25 April 2017.
The road show is a platform which follows the provincial government‘s decision to embark on an information sharing programme where the MEC meets with various stakeholders explains and outlines the state of current projects and future projects to be implemented in all districts of the province. The department uses the roads show to ensure integrated development planning between the provincial government and Municipalities.
In his keynote address, the MEC tabled the department’s focus programme which are:
• Construction Management (building of various government structures such as clinics, schools and libraries)
• Property and Facilities Management (maintenance of government buildings and roads)
• Expanded Public Works Programme (is a national plan aimed at drawing a significant number of unemployed South Africans into productive work)
• Road Infrastructure (Road Maintenance and Upgrading).
The MEC took the opportunity to condemn in the strongest terms the culture of damaging and burning government buildings during protests. He said even though people have a right to strike or march, destruction of property and roads is a serious setback which disrupts the process of delivering services and a waste of money which is meant for other projects.
He applauded the work done by the leadership of Lephalale Municipality in partnering with the private sector to construct quality roads and upgrading of schools which is a clear sign that the Municipality prioritises the development of rural villages. Delegates in attendance were educated on processes and stages followed in road construction projects which can take up to eight months or more:
• Assessment stage
• Design
• Costing
• Advertising of tender
• Site Handover
These are the processes which the MEC encouraged all community representatives to thoroughly explain to their respective communities in order to avoid the impatience displayed by some communities in the province when a project is announced. He clearly stated that all contractors implementing projects must ensure that they prioritise the recruitment of local residents in order to achieve unity, poverty alleviation and social cohesion.
In a presentation by the department’s representative, the Waterberg District the Department will be implementing the following projects on behalf of the Department of Health 2017/18 Financial Year:
• Upgrading of hospital laundries which are at design stage (Witpoort, Mokopane, FH Odendaal-MDR-XDR and Ellisras Hospital);
• Construction of Phagameng Clinic which is at design stage;
• Thabazimbi Mortuary which is under construction and is at 95% completion stage.
The Department will renovate the Nkidikitlana and Babirwa Traditional Offices on behalf of Cooperative Governance Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA). Twenty Five (25) Construction plant and equipment items have been procured by the department for maintenance of gravel roads.
• Waterberg: 7 graders, 1 TLB, 1 Dozer, 1 Tractor and slasher.
In House Road Maintenance Programme currently underway in the 12 Cost Centres within the District: Bela-Bela, Dwalboom, Vaalwater, Marken, Lephalale, Mokopane, Modimolle, Mookgopong, George Masebe. Roedtan, Tolwe and Thabazimbi.
Three road construction projects which have been completed are Ga-Seleka Access Road, Setupulane-Sosoma Phase 2 and N11 to Mokobe phase 2.
Lephalale Local Mayor, Cllr Jack Maeko, welcomed efforts by the MEC and his Department for working together with the District and Municipality and rendering much needed services in Lephalale. He said “All the work done by the Department is a promise made in 1994 when South Africa became a democratic Republic under the leadership of former President Nelson Mandela”

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