Big plans under way for Sekhukhune District

Sekhukhune District Multiplicity executive mayor, Cllr Stan Ramaila. Insert: Attendees at Moses Mabotha Hall.

ATOK – Job creation, provision of water, sanitation and local economic development, were Sekhukhune District Municipality (SDM) executive mayor’s key points during the presentation of his first State of the District Address since his inauguration.Cllr Stan Ramaila presented the speech to the scores of residents which filled the Moses Mabotha Hall at Ga-Nkwana Village.

“We are motivated by the latest figures from Stats SA’s Labour Force Survey for the fourth quarter. According to the these, Limpopo has recorded the second highest employment gains, therefore, in the fourth quarter alone 64 000 new jobs have been created,” Ramaila told the crowd.

He said job gains were seen mainly in mining, construction and agriculture sectors. “This achievement affects us in Sekhukhune because we are the mining hub of Limpopo. Working side by side with the provincial government, we fully commit ourselves to fight the current provincial unemployment rate of 19,8 per cent, using all the available tools at our disposal.”

The mayor noted the availability of job opportunities for the youth. “It is worthy to say that the economy is not in a place to enable the creation of much-needed jobs. Particularly when it comes to work for young people – who mainly have not been absorbed by the job market for many years.”

Ramaila further said they have aligned themselves with the National Treasury’s directives to stop gala dinners and entertainment budgets, as well as do away with unnecessary overseas trips and hiring expensive tents for festivals rather than using public places to host events. “This is done to save costs.”

The mayor reiterated that they aimed to deliver election commitments, which was to invest in education and the youth.

“We are pleased to report that to date, through our projects, a total number of

4 403 employment opportunities, particularly for young people have been created. The district municipality has extensive learnership, intership and work-integrated programmes for the youth running annually.

Ramaila said he was saddened by Sekhukhune District’s below par matric results. According to him, the SDM is working hard to improve education in Sekhukhune.

“We have been an integral part of the 2017 Back to School campaign where all councillors criss-crossed the district, congratulating best performing schools like, Hoërskool Ben Viljoen and Moreku Secondary School in Phokwane. We also visited underperforming and dysfunctional schools to motivate them and delivered messages of support to them.”

He said they were pleased to report that the Department of Water and Sanitation has taken a resolution that Sekhukhune District Municipality will be an implementing agent for the De Hoop Dam resource-management plan. “This entails that all the developments inside and adjacent to the dam in respect of tourism and property development will be managed in terms of the management plan. The plan is still undergoing approval processes in the department before it is gazetted by the minister.”The executive mayor also indicated that the locals should still farm, “We are working on ensuring effective farmer-support programmes in collaboration with the agriculture and rural development department, targeting subsistence and smallholder farmers.”In his conclusion, the mayor listed mostof the government’s plans and successes, among others the tarred roads erected in the villages of Mohlaletsi, Ga-Nchabeleng, Maroteng and Tjate. He said plans for the construction of a tarred road from Mandagshoek to Atok were at an advanced stage and it was going to be implemented by the local mines in conjunction with Roads Agency Limpopo.

Gilbert Motseo

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