LEPHALALE — At the end of October, Lephalale Municipality held a stakeholder’s engagement at Mogol Club with Eskom, Exxaro and various government departments that are operational in Lephalale. The Station Commander of Lephalale SAPS, Col Ramakgoakgoa, and Col Kwadi, Cluster Commander, also attended the meeting.
Led by Lephalale Mayor, Cllr Moloko Jack Maeko, the stakeholder engagement focused on service delivery challenges faced by residents, and it was also a platform to come up with solutions.
“We have invited stakeholders to address service delivery challenges, and this corroborates the “Thuma Mina” (send me) call by President Cyril Ramaphosa, which aims to build a better and sustainable South Africa for all.
Tuma Mina intends to ensure people enjoy their government as there was an element of citizens losing hope in the country recently and the President came with this initiative to bring back hope and confidence,” said Maeko.
He acknowledged that the municipality was aware of some parts of Lephalale experiencing a shortage of water in recent times.
The stakeholder engagement also acted as preparation for the visit by the President on the 26 November.
This visit is part of the launch of the District Development Models initiative which seeks to address the silos and lack of coherence of planning and implementation in spheres of governance.
Maeko encouraged residents to share a reflection of their concerns to the President when he visits Lephalale.
Residents got the opportunity to share their frustrations about challenges. The challenges include the lack of safety in the streets of Lephalale, slow response by Police to criminal matters, the dire state of some health facilities, the youth overlooked for jobs, a mosquito plague in some areas around Lephalale.
Residents from Steenbokpan said the graves of some of their loved ones were dug up without their consent.
Towards the end of the programme, Maeko directed complaints of the community to municipal officials. They were also told to fix the water and electricity issues by the end of the weekend.
Mogol Post could not establish whether the problems were fixed at the time of publishing.