Mayor gives hope


The mayor of Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality Naume Tlakala Phala said they have taken to heart recommendations and suggestions made by the public during the IDP consultations.
Phala was speaking to the community members during her first State of local municipality address (Solma) as the mayor of the municipality. The event was held at Moses Mabotha hall on June 21. 
The mayor announced a total budget for the 2019/20 financial year which is R731 million for services and the running of FTLM.

“As required by legislation, we have embarked on a public participation programme where various stakeholders were consulted to make inputs into the IDP and Budget for the 2019/20 financial year.”
She said interactions have revealed that communities want the provision of clean and reliable water, fencing of cemeteries, access roads, tarring of roads, provision of electricity, construction of RDP houses for beneficiaries on the list and the improvement quality of those houses etc. 

“The IDP is based on community needs and priorities aimed to coordinate the work of local and other sphere of government in a coherent plan to improve the quality of life for all the people living in an area. It takes into account the existing conditions and problems and resources available for development,” she said.

Phala said she was saddened by the recent developments taking place at FTLM which she said are aimed at destabilising the institution and
bringing confusion amongst people.
“We must rise above such petty issues of tribalism and regionalism which should not be allowed to prevail amongst.
“We would like to condemn this act in all forms and call upon our people not to be used by faceless and rumour mongering people who wants to reserve the hard work done in bringing stability in our municipality.”
She reiterated that they have discovered a dire need of sanitary towels for girls as most lose schools days because they cannot afford to buy them.
“ I would like to challenge everyone here especially big corporate like mines to join us in the campaign to distribute sanitary towels to our schools on a regular basis.”

She also expressed concerns in drug and substance abuse locally.
“I want to make it my priority to mobilise resources to make sure we open avenues for young people addicted to drugs and other substances. The health workers and SAPS cannot win this war on drugs if we don’t join them in the drive to rid our society of it.”
The mayor said the FTLM has failed SMME`s because most of their programmes and projects were shelved as a result of financial constrains due to the loss of investment made with VBS mutual bank.

“We must confess that the loss affected the municipality negatively as we were on the brink of total collapse. In the last financial year we adjusted our budget twice in order to comply with treasury regulations and based on the actual cash available at hand.”

The political leader of the municipality also encouraged the youth to tap into agriculture as its the driver of our economy.

“Analysts are predicting that by 2030 our country will face a serious shortage of food as people are shying away from agriculture. Food security must be guaranteed by channelling resources into farming. There has been a call of expropriation of land and that land must be used effectively to preserve food security. ”
She said the FTLM have channeled resources towards the maintenance of the Tjate Heritage site and the provision of water.
“ Through the collaboration with the Provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture we managed to host a successful Tjate heritage festival during the National heritage day and it was a huge success judging by the turnout on that day.”
On service delivery Phala first apologised to the communities for not fulfilling the promises made during the 2018/19 IDP and budget consultations.

“We are here today to apologise to our communities for not fulfilling the promises made during the 2018/19 IDP and budget consultations. 
“It was a difficult decision not to implement all the projects and we had no means to survive. We have learnt a lot from the financial crisis and we are working
around the clock to restore the credibility of our institution. It will take a lot of hard work to win the trust and confidence of our electorate but it is a
mission that we want to achieve at all cost.”
She said they still managed to commence with projects such as, Leboeng access road, Tukakgomo internal streets, Praktiseer testing station upgrade, Motodi sports complex and Mapodile sports complex.
On electrification of homes she said plans are on track to electrify Phelindaba, Khalanyoni, Dithabaneng and Mashamothane North and South. 
“. At the moment figures of households needing electrification is over 21 000 which is a huge number. 

“We want to apologise to communities affected by Operation Mabone programme for not fulfilling our promises made during the 2018/19 financial year.We were forced by circumstances beyond our control not to implement the programme in the remaining villages except Koppie and Buffelshoek where Eskom has energised.”

She said they have put aside R20 million to complete the project. 

“The money set aside is not enough to cover all villages but we have embarked on drive to solicit funds from the Mines to adopt other villages.”

On mining, Phala indicated the mines remains the main pillar of the economy especially Fetakgomo Tubatse where more than 30 mines are operational. 

“In the last 3 years we have seen some mines being placed under care and maintenance and most of our people were affected negatively especially SMME`s and the
lodging industry. We are positive that in the last quarter of the year, there will be improvements which will be plus to the economy.

She highlighted that the communities must find ways on how to equip youth with skills which will assist them entering the job market not only in the mines but other sectors as well.

Thapelo Motseo

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