Ralepane Mamekoa Tubatse Mayor
Burgersfort- The mayor has admitted that his municipality has not properly addressed the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in the past five years but they are confident that the next batch of Councilors will take the baton and finish what this Council initiated. Mayor Relepane Mamekoa of the Greater Tubatse Municipality was speaking during the budget speech which was held at Tubatse chamber in Burgersfort.
“Young people don’t have a jobs, we must come up with a plan to reduce unemployment and we must acknowledge that the term was characterised by a serious wave of protest actions that brought much attention and focus to the Municipality. This came as a result of the impatience from our communities in terms of the pace at which government provide services and we full understand that frustration” He said.
Mamekoa also outlined the municipality’s infrastructure development plans to be implemented over the next coming years. “We are happy that most areas are now connected to each other as a result of the programme of access bridges. We shall continue with the construction of the access bridges together with other capital projects. Funding of these projects will come from MIG, INEP and our own funding. Below are the Capital projects to be implemented”. He said a master plan is lacking in the most local municipalities and by laws are not enforced. “We no longer want to see squatter camps. People must be given proper bricks house such as an RDP house, good sanitations, water and electricity”.
“We are happy that almost 40% of the 21 villages have been energised and remain confident that all villages will be electrified at the end of the calendar year. In areas such as Ga-Kgoete, Manyaka, Ga-Masha extension 4 and 5 we are working with the Mines to intervene as the communities are not part of Operation Mabone. Due to the high backlog our engagements with ESKOM are continuing with a sole purpose of increasing the number of households to be electrified” Said determined Mayor.
The mayor vowed that this year focus will be more in youth and fighting the challenges that youth is facing such as HIV/AIDS which troubles the district. “We have declared this year as the year of advancing the people’s power. We must ensure that local government is in the hands of the people. We must do away with corruption and heed the call of freedom charter”.
The budget offices of Greater Tubatse Municipality and Fetakgomo Local Municipalities should start the process of integrating the budgets taking into account that elections will be held on 3 August 2016, and the two Municipalities should have adopted a common budget framework before the new Municipality is officially established.