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Limpopo celebrates 30 years of democracy, showcases progress and plans for the future

Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha delivered the State of the Province Address, acknowledging South Africa’s 30 Years of Democracy and reflecting on the province’s remarkable progress since 1994.

Premier Mathabatha emphasised the transformative initiatives undertaken to stabilize and advance Limpopo, focusing on effective governance, sustainable growth, and public service delivery.

The province’s journey toward unity and development began with the integration of three Bantustan administrations and the Transvaal provincial government, fostering national unity and erasing historical divisions.

Significant achievements have been made in providing essential services to the people of Limpopo. Access to electricity, healthcare, water, sanitation, and education has expanded dramatically since 1994.

In healthcare, the province now boasts 476 clinics, with 45% operating 24 hours a day.

Despite challenges, access to water has improved to 69.1%, and sanitation has increased from 26.9% in 2002 to 63.1%. Connectivity and transportation efficiency have improved with the expansion of the road network.

Education has also witnessed progress, with the matric pass rate reaching 79.5% in 2024. Limpopo’s economic contribution to the national GDP has grown from 5.3% in 1996 to 7.3% in 2023, reflecting efforts to stimulate key sectors and attract investments.

With a population of over 6 million, Limpopo plays a pivotal role in ensuring food security, with 29% of households engaged in food production.

Recognising challenges such as corruption and economic downturns, the province remains committed to prioritising agriculture, infrastructure development, industrialisation, and sustainable growth.

Limpopo looks ahead with determination, striving to build a prosperous and equitable future for its people, contributing to the progress of South Africa as a whole.

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