Dec 2011

Listening to Limpopo's people

Written by Sekgabo Kedijang

Presidential Hotline

Launched in April this year, the Limpopo Premier’s Hotline has gone from strength to strength.

Among the complaints successfully resolved in recent weeks is the case of a disabled man who was denied access to water. A complaint was lodged by Mavis Baloyi on behalf of the disabled man from Mokopane.

Access to water

He complained about people in his region denying him the right to use water simply because he did not contribute to the tap that was installed.

The Mogalakwena Municipality through the ward councillor approached the community, as well as the Traditional Authority about this issue. All parties stated their cases and through negotiations, the complaint was resolved. The disabled man is now getting his constitutional right of access to basic services such as water.

Unused land

In Modderspruit, Mosiwa Kokwana complained about empty, undeveloped land, while many people didn’t even have houses. He said he had called on the local municipality to buy the land to build houses and schools for their children, because they walked long distances to get to school.

According to the councillor, Mr Pietros Makgabo the land in question was privately owned and too expensive to be bought by the municipality. Engagements with SAMANCO, a mining company are currently underway about entering into a bid to purchase the land. The development of houses and schools will also be considered in future.

For more information, call Limpopo Premier ‘s Hotline: 0800 864 729.
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