LEPHALALE — On Monday 23 April, Cllr Jack Maeko, Mayor of Lephalale Municipality, Councillors and Municipal Officials led by Edoth Tukakgomo, Municipal Manager, embarked on an Integrated Development Plan (IDP) Road Show to give feedback on the municipal performance in the current financial year.
The Municipal financial year begins in July every year and for that reason municipalities engage with communities prior to the new fiscal to update them about the previous one.
The IDP started at Thabo Mbeki community hall in the morning before proceeding to Leseding in Steenbokpan.
In his address to residents of Ward 1, 2 and 3, Maeko stated that he recognised the environmental group, Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum (WEJF) and wishes to have them by the municipality’s side whenever they visit local projects so that they get advised on environmental affairs.
“As Steenbokpan is an area earmarked by the government for many developments I should state that it is important to work with environmental groups like WEJF so that we have proper consultation into the burning matters in the area like dealing with graves and possible relocation without necessarily taking each other to court,” Maeko said.
He furthermore said there will be a recreational centre in Marapong and plans in the pipeline include upgrading Marapong Stadium to turn it into an arena for indoor sporting activities with a R15 million budget set aside for this project.
In addition, he noted concerns that were raised during the visit by the Minister of Minerals and Energy Gwede Mantashe two weeks ago, regarding poor consultation before projects start.
“What should be realised is that the Social Labour Plan (SLP) is informed by IDP and it is through this that there will be a number of projects, including the water pipeline, that will bring an end to the spontaneous cutting of water in Marapong, especially in the extension side.
The reality is that the capacity of water is below the number of people it should provide and this R160 million project has already seen Exxaro inject R58 million into it to assist its completion.”
Other projects include the Community Rental Unit (CRU) which is still under construction in Marapong, with a budget of R250 million.
The project will see each street is upgraded with lights and tar roads.
Furthermore, a R1 billion budget is set aside for the Joe Slovo Intergrated Human Settlement in Onverwacht near Nelson Mandela Drive.
Maeko says there is a need to extend OR Tambo Street from town towards Onverwacht with extra lanes to reduce high traffic volumes.
An additional R250 million will be injected for the road upgrade from Medupi to Steenbokpan. There will also be an expansion of the Transnet railway line from Steenbokpan to Botswana, which starts on 1 May 2018.
The project will benefit 500 locals with jobs.
A part of the 2017/18 IDP second quarter report records that three special projects were completed successfully late last year;
555 jobs were created through strategic partners, municipal LED and capital projects in the second quarter; 800 jobs were created through municipal LED and capital projects in the second quarter; about 355 jobs were created through CWP programmes; 46% of the municipal personnel budget was spent as planned; 100% of complaints received on the electronic system were successfully attended to by customer care unit; The report additionally says that all ward committees are functional.