MAHWELERENG — “We are humbled and elevated by the faith and honour that the community have in all the Mayors to lead within the Waterberg district.” said Lephalale Municipality Chief Whip, Cllr Alpheos Thulare, on behalf of Lephalale Local Mayor Cllr Jack Maeko, at the inauguration ceremony of Waterberg District Mayors. This prestigious event was held at Mahwelereng Stadium, on Saturday 15 October. “The purpose of this event is to make a commitment to serve you with integrity and dedication”, he continued.
MEC for CoGHSTA, Makoma Makhurupetje, gave the keynote address. He said that communities have been waiting for services for 22 years and now it’s time to take services to the people – irrespective of the political party they voted for. The MEC also congratulated the Mayors and said this is the start of a new era – where it will be priority for services to be taken to the people.
Executive Mayor, Cllr SM Mataboge, on behalf of all the Waterberg Mayors, said in his acceptance speech that he has to thank the residents of the district for exercising their democratic right by participating in the elections.
“As newly elected Mayors, we duly accept the responsibility and vow to serve the people of the Waterberg with humility, respect and fairness.”
Cllr SM Mataboge continued to say: “As leaders we shall work tirelessly and use all possible media and community platforms to communicate with our citizens, to strengthen and enhance our accessibility, transparency and accountability, reducing conflict and building the confidence of our people regardless of political affiliation”.
He also said that Waterberg is one of the districts that is affected by the current state of drought and it calls for immediate intervention from all leaders, stakeholders and community members.
He said the Waterberg district is faced with challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality and that their primary focus will remain firmly fixed on human development and on improving the lives of people across the Waterberg district.
He concluded by saying that the time has come for councils, mayoral committees, executive committees and each and every employee within the district, to double their efforts and roll up their sleeves in dedicating themselves to the task at hand.