Compared to the previous years, the colourful birthday festivity of the Honorable Mayor of Lephalale Local Municipality Moloko Jack Maeko, held recently at Moses Monanyane Sports Complex in Shongoane Village, united the communities from all Lephalale villages.
Dignitaries from different organisations including Youth Council, Congress of South African Students, Moral Regeneration, people with disability and women organisations come in their numbers to grace and wish the Mayor a cheerful birthday.
Both Eskom and Exxaro vowed to keep cooperating with the Municipality in supporting the Mayoral projects.
Rather than being showered with birthday gifts, the Mayor in partnership with the power utility ended the party on a high note by donating blankets, towels and sterile towels to the elderly and Grade 12 learners.
Maeko valued each and every message from different speakers who offered thanks for his initiative.
At the focal point of all he does is the desire to address the triple difficulties being encountered everywhere throughout the country – poverty, unemployment, and inequality.
The official from Exxaro Delani Ncobo said their organisation is happy the way the Mayor organises the needs of the community, hence “we have put aside R200 million for the following five years.”
” We will channel the funds towards projects that will better the lives of disadvantaged communities,” he said.
Eskom-Matimba official Freddy Ntuli said the electricity giant is satisfied with the Mayor’s leadership and vowed to keep supporting activities aimed at developing Lephalale and bringing a change to lives of the people in the area.
“In Championing the Freedom Charter. The doors of learning should be open for all,” said Ntuli.
Maeko said the Municipality will keep on working with every single dynamic partner to ensure the national call of guaranteeing that a Girl-Child does not remain at home because of lack of sanitary towels.
He encourages the learners to focus on their studies to have a brilliant future and honour the legacy of the late former President Nelson Mandela.
“Education is the most effective weapon which the community can use to change the world,” he says borrowing a quote from the late struggle icon.
Among his fruitful projects are:
- Ensuring that local people are not side-lined during recruitment and business opportunities at local companies.
- Mayoral Bursary fund assisting local students to further their studies.
- Security and drivers license training for unemployed youth.
- Donation of learner support material (laptops, calculators and school uniform)
- Free Winter Enrichment Programme for all Grade12 leaners.
- Sanitary towels for high school learners.
- Donation of winter blankets for the elderly