State of the district address at the
STATE OF THE MUNICIPAL ADDRESS
MASERUMULA PARK SPORT GROUND
06 MARCH 2009 10:00
By CLLR. Q.E. MOKHABELA
MAYOR OF MAKHUDUTHAMAGA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY
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HOUNORABLE MEC OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING, MAITE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
CHIEF WHIP AND COUNCILORS
CHAIRPERSON OF THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE
MANAGERS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS
LEADERSHIP OF THE ANC AND other POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS
LEADERS OF RELIGIOUS DENOMINATIONS
MEMBERS OF WARD COMMITTEES
SPECIAL PROGRAM COUNCIL MEMBERS
GUESTS, FRIENDS AND COMRADES
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Madam speaker I feel honored and privileged today to address the people of
MAKHUDUTHAMAGA on matters of critical important to their lives.
Madam speaker this event comes at the time when we are celebrating the month of March
as a human rights month. We are celebrating this month madam speaker by also
launching our municipal infrastructure plants and soil turning ceremony as human rights
This gathering takes place a month prior the long weekend of Easter holidays when
communities shall be heading to their respective places of worships. We are appealing to
all our road users to always take precautionary measure and stay alive.
We are meeting today just a month before the national and provincial elections in this
country. We are hoping that as the nation is embarking on a democratic process, the
results should be free and fair. We urge all South African, black and white, young and
old, disabled and able bodies to joint in their long queues to exercise their democratic
right of choosing the party that has brought about a better life in the lives of many does
giving it fresh mandate to continue doing more.
We are meeting here again madam speaker just under a week after the District Executive
Mayor Cde Namane Masemola delivered a well deserved state of the district address. Our
responsibilities as local municipalities is to ensure that we follow in the footsteps of the
district in carrying the mandate of our people as contained in the people’s contract, that of
delivering basic services to the majority of our people.
Madam speaker in looking back where we come from since last year, we should look at
the close relations between policies and outcomes, between implementation and effect,
benefits and impact of social development. In accelerating quality service delivery, we
should constantly and continuously take stock of our activities and do impact assessment
about the efficiency and effectiveness of our machinery in bettering the lives of our
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Our commitment to accelerate quality service delivery shall be best manifested in our
standard services delivery charter that shall be launched this year. The charter shall be
inline with national governments services delivery standards charter and shall be clearly
articulated in the municipal service delivery budget implementation plan.
In looking back (14) years of our democratic government, there have been significant
service delivery in terms of our constitutional mandate as contained in the African
National Congress manifestos, which placed the needs of the poor and social issues such
as health care, education and social safety net at the developmental agenda of the nation.
Our health system is maturing. As we move towards meeting our policy objective of
universal access to primary health care, we are proud to announce that majority of our
primary health care facilities are accessible 24 hours and the projects of building clinics
are registering a considerable progress as many are completed since last year.
Madam speaker despite the gains in health services we are still challenged by lack of
medical professionals in our hospitals, and shortage of medicines and poor responds on
part of EMS shall be the thing of the past this year and beyond. Our continue engagement
with our sister department in this regard has ensured that collectively we adhere to the
provincial EMS response time from current 25 to 20 minutes in urban areas and from 45
Madam speaker the challenge of HIV and AIDS still remain unchallenged, however
reports indicates that much dent has been made since last year in combating and
controlling the pandemic. This has been attributed to the well developed and
implemented comprehensive HIV and AIDS care, treatment and management program
together with our stakeholders. We still appeal to our people to practice safer sex by
adhering to our central massage of Abstinence, Faithful to one partner and Condom use.
Let us all remember that your sexual health is your responsibility.
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Building on the gains made does far, ours is a fundamental need to accelerate these
quality basic services to our society in order to meet the millennium development goals
Madam Speaker, the project we are involved in, of defending, deepening and advancing
Reconstruction and Development Program expects us to provide and meet basic needs of
our motive forces of our National Democratic Revolution, develop human capital, build a
strong institution and democratize society. And in fulfilling our imperatives of coherent
and effective actions we need enhanced collective leadership vigilant enough not to allow
potential tensions to jeopardize it, because it is in the nature of collective interaction that
tensions will occur which require adaptation and constant adjustment.
Madam speaker this can only be achieved through working together as politicians,
administration and general society, recognizing our powers and functions, our roles and
Pronouncements have been made previously about the District Logistics hub that will
become the Centre of Government cluster and administration within the context of
District and Provincial growth and Development strategy. This includes the movement of
Regional offices from Lebowakgomo to Jane-Furse.
Madam speaker in taking the process forward I am proud to announce that at present, the
technical processes around declaration of Jane-Furse, as a township are underway.
Despite some challenges experienced we shall continue with our stakeholders including
our Magoshi in ensuring that necessary arrangements from the site of the local
municipality are taken care. Madam speaker we welcome with both hands opened the
decision by the district council and other government departments to relocate their offices
“SHIKISHA DIRA LE MOLAPO, MPHAGO WA DIRA KE MEETSE
provision of sustainable water to the communities remains one of the key functions of our
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municipal Institutions. The research report conducted by the district municipality shows
that the greater part of our area has what is called carbonates water type that leaves us
with unreliable underground water sources. Together with the district municipality as a
water authority there are Bulk Water supply schemes that are at various stages of
Steelpoort to Jane-Furse Bulk water supply –which will benefit Jane-Furse and
Nkadimeng Bulk water supply which will benefit twenty (20) villages.
Rietfontein – Spitskop Bulk Supply has been completed and will benefiting
We are also continuing to provide together with the district municipality the water
tankers to the villages as a medium term relieve.
The completion of the De Hoop dam project in Steelpoort shall not only provide
household with sustainable water and sanitation but shall also provide farmers with the
Our efforts to invest in the second economy to create jobs and fight poverty are
expanding very well. In terms of institutional building and policy framework we are
getting reports that the launched LED Forum on the 19th February 2008 is performing up
to the satisfactory and implementing without hassles the LED strategy. As we build from
the foundation laid, our LED strategy was reviewed, effectively utilize the LED Forum
advices the Municipality on its economic route and begins the process to develop our
To date we can amicable proclaim the following as our local economic drivers: -
Agriculture, Tourism, SMME development and Services. A strategic planning session
was held with the department of Agriculture to have coordinated efforts in uplifting
agriculture development. We have together prioritized the following agricultural
development enterprises for support to complete their infrastructure operation:-Lepelle
irrigation scheme, Tjatane irrigation scheme, Setlaboswane irrigation scheme and the new
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On SMME and Cooperative development we need to intensify and monitor our
partnership with the department of Labour, SEDA and LIBSA to ensure that necessary
Tourism remains one of the key potential sectors to create sustainable jobs in our local
economy. As a Municipality will continue to give necessary support to tourism
programmes and its promotion. Same as we did last year during our annual heritage
festival, we shall continue to have our annual heritage festival to support and promote our
local tourism products. The LED unit is again working on a permanent cultural exhibition
in Jane Furse to serve as the marketing centre for our tourism products.
Skill development remains one of the key challenges to our local economy. More training
programmes to increase the local productivity should be organized. The skills base of the
local Municipality determines its productivity rate. We had last year about 450 young
people participating on skills development through learnership on Carpentry, Agriculture,
Tourism, Construction, Beautification and Electricity and we hope working together with
other government departments to double or triple the number.
We are currently working on developing mechanism to break bureaucracy and
bottlenecks in an attempt to attract investors and create an enabling environment for
The LED unit is further challenged to develop its funding policy that will assist the
Municipality in terms of budgeting for economic programmes and respond on what
informed the Municipality to fund certain projects and fund others. The policy should
clarify, prioritize and separate between projects that are for poverty eradication (food
security) and those meant for economic development support.
Madam speaker the issue of electricity supply is still a challenge in providing basic
electricity to our communities particularly in areas where Eskom does not have capacity
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to distribute electricity. Madam Speaker Makhuduthamaga has about eleven villages
without electricity and this does not include the outstanding post connection where
Eskom has pronounced lack of capacity. However, it should be noted that together with
district municipality a budget for electricity connections to these villages has been said
aside while working with Eskom to generate sufficient capacity to distribute their energy.
We are optimistic that in the next financial year Eskom would have developed that
capacity to discharge their responsibility.
Over and above the eleven villages to be electrified, madam speaker we are today
proudly announcing that we are celebrating the soil turning of the electricity projects due
to commence in the villages of Pitsaneng/Maraganeng, Ga-Selepe, and Moela/Kgopane.
The construction of the street lights in Jane Furse has commenced and is now nearing
Madam speaker with current developments regarding electricity implementation plan we
are positive that by 2011 we shall be having 98% of villages electrified and by 2013 the
entire Makhuduthamaga shall be with electricity provided that our communities continue
to show support on the ruling party (ANC).
Our collaboration with Eskom in addressing the challenges of electricity is paying off.
We hope in this year of hope that the project by the Eskom of constructing the
hydroelectricity power station in our district using the De Hoop dam water project shall
provide lasting solution to the power supply in our municipality.
Madam speaker in terms of the National Emergency we are still calling our people to
continue to re-adjust their electricity usage patterns and use electricity saving appliances.
Madam speaker our roads particularly internal roads in our villages are in a stage that
requires immediate attention. We should note that as municipality we always set aside
budget for roads re-gravelling annually using the infrastructure plants leased from the
department of public works. In our 2007/8 IDP/budget we have budgeted the
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procurement of our own municipal infrastructure plants so that we urgently and with ease
intervene to this mammoth task challenging accessibility to communities.
Madam Speaker we are proud today to pronounce that we shall all of us witness the
unveiling of those municipal infrastructure plants immediately after my speech. The issue
of inaccessible roads it will be the thing of the past.
We heard many times that our ambulances could not reach our people because our roads
were not accessible, we learnt that many criminals use to take advantage of the
inaccessible roads and managed in some instances to escape arrests because of police
vans could not access certain roads. We are now ensuring the people of Makhuduthamaga
that this will not happen anymore. If you are asking for government services and you are
informed that the ambulance or police van could not reach you, please report the matter
to the senior officials of the affected departments.
Madam speaker our permanent solution to provision of access roads to our communities
where in we erected the paving on our streets continues uninterrupted at Glen Cowie and
Makgeru villages. We shall today madam speaker celebrate the soil turning of the major
tar roads constructions in the villages of Tshehla, Kutupu, Mohlwarekoma,
Rietfontein/Vierfontein, and Tshehlwaneng. The recently completed construction of
bridges and other roads connecting villages, affirm our continue commitment of
providing need satisfying and sustainable quality service delivery
Madam Speaker, 2009, is to us a year of important historical events. We are here to
recognize the 81th Anniversary of Manche Masemola who stood as symbol of hope for
the religious community in the District and beyond. Her recognition as a symbol of
resilience and commitment should be explored. May the spirit of this Saint rest in peace
and intercede on our behalf for better things to come. It is such types of courage drawn
from our fore bearers that continues to infuse a spirit of collectivity and resilience as we
resolutely follow our path at all times. We derive strength and wisdom from their lessons.
As municipality we are going to engage with our district municipality and the national
heritage council to declare Manche Masemola as the national heritage site.
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We shall this year having been advised by the sport loving people of
MAKHUDUTHAMAGA and the youth of this municipality, renovate and maintain all of
our sporting facilities including the Peter Nchabeleng sports complex and Glen Cowie
sport centre. We shall continue to work closely with the department of sport art and
culture in taping sporting skills to our communities through the programme of Siyadlala
Madam speaker the good news bible taught us that I quote “cleanliness is next to
Godliness”. It is within this context that as a municipality we have jointly with the
provincial department of environmental affairs, piloted a project of cleaning our
environment in 2007 and the progress to date shows serious improvements in the
cleanliness of our area. Our people have taking to themselves the responsibility of
ensuring that our areas are clean more than ever before. The project is piloted at Jane
Furse, Phokoane, Glen Cowie, Schoonoord and Tshehlwaneng. We are building our local
capacity to take over the project and expand it to all areas of MAKHUDUTHAMAGA in
the coming three years. We are appealing to our communities to use this services at their
disposal so that we keep our municipal areas clean at all times hopefully in a year to
come we wish to be declared the cleanest town during the Vuna awards.
Madam speaker fighting fraud and corruption is critical in the interest of building clean
and transparent administration. We are on record condemning any form of impropriety in
our administration and we will continue to spare no effort or energy in an endeavor to rid
our administration of this malady. Madam speaker, we would like to congratulate our
administration for been honest and stable in the past twelve months and we hope that they
will do more in protecting our institution for any form of fraud and corruption. Once
again we call on our people to cooperate with us in ensuring that the war against fraud
and corruption is taken to greater heights.
Like we have always said, the non-availability of competent skills and human capital
poses much bigger threat to the acceleration of people’s contract in delivering the quality
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services to our people. Our implantation of a workplace skills development plan has
provided intervention to this challenge we are facing. We saw many of our councilors
and officials benefiting from the system and we are confident that, should they deepen
and advance the plan, our municipality shall be one of the most stable municipalities.
Our year on year bursary scheme which serves as the intervention strategy to our
matriculants who could not pursue their academic goals shall continue even beyond this
year and we are also calling potential investor to inject money into the scheme so as to
increases the pool of young learners in their endeavor to address the shortage of skills.
We shall this year and beyond continue to engage our sister departments to also increase
the pool of beneficiaries in their bursary schemes.
Critical also to issues of skills development is the challenge of assisting unemployed
graduates to acquire workplace experience. Madam speaker this year and beyond we
shall as municipality roll-out a learnership programme at the municipality and continue to
work closely with other sister departments to increase the intake of learners in their
learnership programmes. The expanded public works programme that also seeks to
provide workplace experience shall be roll-out massively to ensure that our communities,
youth and women in particular are major beneficiaries.
Our schools madam speaker remain strategic centre of learning in our municipality and
therefore their performance have direct contribution on issues of skills development. The
increase of dysfunctional schools in our municipality is a cause for concern. We are
making a special appeal to learners, educators and parents to work as a collective to
ensure that our schools produce the relevant matriculants who will have no difficulties at
tertiary institutions. This should include the planting of the culture of teaching and
learning in our youth does reducing the learner drop out ration for number of reasons.
However we shall continue to salute those schools that continue to produce better results
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Madam speaker Makhuduthamaga municipality welcomes with both hands the program
of government, department of education in particular, of no fee schools. Majority of our
schools are on this program. Our primary schools are the beneficiaries of the schools
feeding scheme program and we also welcome the government plan to roll the program
Madam speaker MAKHUDUTHAMAGA municipality reside within borders of Limpopo
province which have been declared the home of peace by the South African Institute of
Race Relation, however this does not mean that there are no sporadic incidences of crime
taking place in our communities. Our theme of people’s contract requires us to continue
working closely with sister Departments, SAPS in particular, CPF’s and businesses to
ensure that collectively we combat this inhuman act so that our people can leave in peace,
Madam speaker our traditional leaders still remain our custodians of heritage, culture and
traditions. We have within the council the representatives of our traditional leaders who
ensure that their interests are well served. This year and beyond we shall intensify our
relations and speed up the process of proclamation of land for development.
Our vacancy rate last year was sitting at 70% and it was one of the highest ever and this
contributed directly in our capacity as an institution to deliver on our constitutional
mandate. We are currently sitting at the vacancy rate of 25% and hope that all the vacant
posts shall be filled in the next financial year.
The implementation of the performance management system as a necessary machinery to
control, monitor and evaluate the performance of our staff internally shall be
implemented without delays. We shall also establish the performance audit committee to
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Ward Committees remain our revolution defense organs to heighten community
participation in the activities of the municipalities. We remain committed to our
continued support to these committees.
Madam speaker in conclusion we believe that this contents of this speech are not just
speech because we are required to talk to our people. These are items that our
communities have raised and will address them within the bullet speed. Our mandate is to
deliver need satisfying basic social needs in a sustainable manner, and we shall dare not
Cold or hot, raining or sunny we will deliver.
TOGETHER WE CAN BRING HOPE TO MANY LIVES
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