The days of travelling long distances to decent sports facilities will soon be a thing of the past for the tiny township of Mogwase, near Rustenburg. The first of many Football Turfs of the 2010 World Cup was launched here as part of the World Cup Organising Committee's legacy projects. It is South Africa's biggest grassroots football development programme and involves artificial pitches and development centres in poor communities countrywide.
The farming community outside Butterworth is expecting to harvest 5 000 tonnes of maize this season. It is a 200 percent improvement from last year. The community will receive 10 percent of the total harvest. The harvest forms part of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative (AsgiSA) Eastern Cape's integrated dry-land cropping programme. Some 300 households are benefiting from the project in the Butterworth area alone.
The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Blade Nzimande, has approved the establishment of a university in Mpumalanga. The campus will be based in the capital city, Nelspruit. The main campus will operate alongside a new tertiary hospital to ensure that healthcare will benefit from the university's wealth of research and skills. The provincial government is also looking at ways to overhaul its basic education system.
The province's Department of Health is to vaccinate about three million children against measles by the end of April. The measles and polio mass immunisation campaign targets all children between six months and 15 years old. It follows an increase in the number of measles cases. Special focus will be on high risk and hard-to-reach areas.
The Limpopo provincial government is planning to provide water to more than one million households by 2011. The focus to provide clean water will be on areas identified as being in distress. This includes the Giyani area where a water pipeline will be constructed from Nandoni, outside Thohoyandou, to Giyani. The provincial government also plans to provide more than one million households with electricity during this period. It will increase the number of people in the province who have access to electricity from 83 to 86 per cent.
The provincial Department of Education has set specific targets to improve education outcomes in 2010. The department's plans are aimed at attaining an 80 per cent pass rate in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams this year. The provincial Superintendent-General of Education met with eight district directors to develop a detailed plan to achieve this goal.
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