SCHOONOORD – Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality Mayor, Minah Bahula, officially opened and handed the worth over R9 million access bridge to the Matulwaneng community in Schoonoord outside Jane Furse last week.
The opening and handover ceremony of the long awaited access bridge, which occurred on Thursday, 23 July 2020, enjoyed the attendance of Limpopo CoGSTA MEC, Basikopo Makamu, Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, Stanley Ramaila and some of the traditional leaders within the cluster.
During the handover of the bridge, Mayor Bahula noted the difficulties the communities faced in terms of access to their homes when it rained.
Bahula further said that they were indeed proud as a local municipality that the project which they handed over to the community that day, which also included a completed one kilometer road, was able to create over 20 employment opportunities for locals through its Extended Public Works Project (EPWP) programme.
The Mayor said it was also worthy to note that in an effort to empower the local SMMEs, as the local municipality always did in all its projects, they were able to procure necessities such as cement and diesel from local businesses.
Bahula further revealed that the Marishane – Phaahla internal road was under construction and would soon be handed over to the community.
MEC Makamu congratulated the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality for the sterling work on projects in ensuring that the communities were empowered through sustainable services that changed lives of people for the better.
Lemson Moropjane, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality Communications Manager, confirmed that pictures of a bricks bridge that circulated on social media recently were not those of the access bridge in Schoonoord.
Meanwhile, the national department of Coghta has congratulated the local municipality for the consist 100 percent spending on Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) for the third consecutive year, which positions Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality amongst the top three in the province.