“A number of companies that are planning mining activities in the greater Lephalale area are continuing with their respective Socio-Economic Development drives in the area” says Jacques Snyman of the Lephalale Development Forum (LDF).
These projects include things like community halls, traditional leaders’ offices, upgrades and additions to schools, crèches and clinics. All these different projects are integrated into and included in the Lephalale Local Municipality’s Integrated Development Plan (IDP).
Public participation events are held by all these different projects and anyone interested in getting to know more about what is planned should keep their eyes open for announcements regarding these meetings. The LDF creates the platform for stakeholders to share project planning information and this results in an integrated and much bigger impact on the communities in our area. The potential for creating local job opportunities is always the first point of discussion when stakeholders meet and it can be seen in the number of small businesses that have been developed due to project needs identified in the area.
The Lephalale Enterprise Development Centre (LEDC) delivers services and support to these fledgling businesses to increase their probability of growing into real sustainable businesses. This bodes well for further job creation in the area. At the recent regional prize giving ceremony of the LEDC it was very clear that there are a number of very energetic young people who take the opportunity to start a business when they are presented with it.