Mayor revamps delapidated infrastructure

The executive mayor of Matjhabeng Local Municipality, Sebenzile Ngangelizwe, and municipal officials embarked on a two-day road show last week to launch and hand over various service delivery projects in different wards of the municipality.

“Some of these service delivery projects are being completed and others are being launched in the different wards. We want the community to be aware of what is taking place in their area. This operation also gives the municipality an opportunity to interact with the community.”

The mayor’s entourage visited wards in Thabong and Bronville. Other townships expected to follow include Kutlwanong, Meloding and Mmamahabane.

Ngangelizwe also conducted a door to door walkabout in various wards where he listened to resident’s service delivery concerns.

“What we have come to realise with the door to door walkabout is that even though there is still a lot of work that needs to be done within townships, people are grateful for the projects that are being implemented in their areas. Projects that are being handed over include completed paved roads; graveyard fencing that is still in progress, completed sewage pipelines and pump stations.”

Local resident, James Rooisten, said the mayor’s road show will go a long way in improving service delivery in the municipality.

“We used to only see people coming into our neighbourhood and big machines digging without knowing or being informed about what is happening. We are grateful that the executive mayor has come to us to explain various projects in our ward.

“We also understand that we need to be patient while the municipality implements some of the projects which require a lot of money. There are six other towns that also need the help of the municipality, but when it is our turn we are very happy,” said Rooisten.

A road of approximately 105 metre’s to the value of R1.4-million was completed in front of Rooisten’s home in Oppenheimer Park, Thabong.

According to Rooisten, the homes along the previous gravel road used to be dusty and difficult to keep clean before it was tarred.

“On windy days, all the dust would blow into our homes from the road. When it rained, we could not really go anywhere because of the mud. Cars would even get stuck in the mud. Therefore, we are grateful that this road has been tarred and is now completed.”

The operation started at a school in Thabong, where the community was entertained by Sechaba Pali and other local artists.