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Communities will benefit from multi-million rand road upgrade

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) delegation applauded public private partnership for creating jobs and uplifting the standard of living in various villages in Ga-Seleka, Lephalale.

Delegation leader Devet Monakedi said during the oversight visit led by NCOP at various projects in Lephalale that it was a good example that government institutions could benefit from private strategic partnerships for creating jobs.

The delegation visited the Sefihlogo/Letlora road construction project.

The road is a Public Private Partnership between Exxaro, Road Agency Limpopo and Lephalale Municipality.

Lephalale Municipality spokesperson Conscious Chiloane said this significant milestone multi-million rand project will see the reconstruction of the 47.6 kilometres.

She said the road would service 13 villages, covering 3 Wards that struggled with transportation due to their dilapidated conditions.

Chiloane said the villages that would benefit from the upgraded Rietfontein Road [D3102 and D3114] were Sefithlogo, Morwe, Botshabelo, Moong, Segale, Botsalanong, Kopanong, Kgobagodimo and Letlora, adding that while the upgrading of Road D3109 would benefit residents from Kiti, Motsweding, Dipompopong and Mokuruanyane.

“More than 30 local SMME’s were currently benefiting from the project,” said Chiloane.

“The construction of the road is an example of a good relationship that the other government institutions can benefit from private strategic partnerships,” said Monakedi.

The entourage also visited Babura Trust, a livestock and vegetable production farm.

Numerous challenges ranging from shortage of water, lack of proper fencing to ineffective irrigation system were identified.

The delegation came up with recommendations that:

  • The Department of Agriculture and Forestry Explore the idea of establishing hubs where small scale farmers can supply their production for distribution.
  • Provide Farm Management Training
  • Develop a plan to assist the Babirwa Trust to be self-sustainable, and other similar small scale farms to be self-sustainable.

The programme is commemorated annually by the NCOP with the intention to give permanent delegates and Members of the Provincial Legislatures an opportunity to undertake oversight visits to service delivery sites in the nine provinces.

This year, the programme focused on the employment creation initiatives under the theme, “Advancing our collective efforts to creating work opportunities for our people.”

The delegates together with Members of the Limpopo Legislature broke into two groups to conduct oversight visits in Waterberg and Vhembe districts. Meanwhile.

The group that went to Waterberg visited seven projects including a road project in Ga-Seleka, Mivami construction and Babirwa Trust in Abbotspoort and Morogwa CPA in Lephalale.

Speaking during the launch of the National Council of Provinces Provincial Week in Polokwane on October 9, 2017, Stan Mathabatha

said Limpopo remained to be amongst the poorest provinces in the country.

Mathabatha said Limpopo was the second province after Western Cape with the lowest unemployment rate, but still the second poorest in the country after the Eastern Cape.

“The latest statistics figures indicate the state of dilemma for the province. Although we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, we still need to reduce unemployment from 20.8% to 14% in the medium and long term,” said Mathabatha.

The weeklong programme which was held under the Theme “Advancing our collective efforts to creating work opportunities for our people” was aimed at giving NCOP and Provincial Legislature delegates an opportunity to ensure the following:

  • Engage with both National and Provincial Departments and other stakeholders to get a sense of challenges regarding poverty, unemployment and inequality.
  • Undertake oversight visits to employment creation initiatives across the nine provinces, including short and long term project.
  • Undertake oversight visits to labour-intensive programmes and large scale investment projects in electricity, rail, water and transport infrastructure.
  • Gets a broader understanding of the economic challenges facing provinces.

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