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Limpopo on the move

By Maanda Mulaudzi

Limpopo has over the past 21 years of our freedom and democracy worked harder to perfect the art of taking services to the people in order to help realise the dream of a better life for all. Premier Chupu Mathabatha said this on the occasion of the sitting of the National Council of Provinces held at Parliament, Cape Town on 26 November 2015.

 

He said that his government has done this under very difficult conditions imposed on it by a shared history of exclusion by successive regimes of minority rule.

“Precisely as a result of the work that we have been doing, we can state here without any fear of contradiction that Limpopo is now a province on the move”.

“As Honourable Members would know, we have now completely closed the S”ection 100 Intervention Chapter in Limpopo”.

“This too is a result of focused political leadership in the province. In this regard we also note the support we have received from the National Cabinet and this august House”.

“We have indeed restored the ethos of corporate governance in Limpopo. We have made significant improvement in terms of financial management systems in the provincial administration”.

“We have completely eliminated the R1.7 billion overdraft that was accumulated before December 2011, and more importantly, the reduced of R2.7 billion unauthorized expenditure”.

“We can confidently say that Limpopo is back on a sound financial footing”.

“Our audit outcomes also prove that we are indeed on the correct path. The picture painted is that of qualitative improvement.”

“The significance of these improvements is that we now have stronger muscles to move with at a desired pace in our journey to take services to the people”.

“Our report to this august House is that in Limpopo, today over 83% of households have access to clean drinkable water’; Over 83% of our households are connected to electricity supply;We are punching hard against the backlog of sanitation delivery which is now at 43%; We have increased our Matric Pass Rate to 72% in 2014, and the rise continues;”

“Limpopo is fast becoming a destination of choice for international investors”.

“Our trade agreement with the Chinese Hong Kong Mining Exchange Company (Hoi Mor) for the establishment of South Africa Energy Meturllurgical Base Project is now in progress.”

“This Project whose investment value is estimated at R38.8 billion, is based at the Musina Special Economic Zone, and is expected to create about 19 000 direct jobs over a period of three years.

“Similar to this, is the joint venture agreement between the South Africa’s Women Investment Holdings, Jidong Development Group and China Africa Development Fund for a R1.65 billion investment into cement manufacturing which is based in Thabazimbi. This project has also provided our people with quality and sustainable jobs”.

“In the past five years alone we have managed to construct about 21 bridges, upgraded from gravel to tar about 407 kms of road network. We have also rehabilitated over 173 kms of tarred road network”.

“The province has put aside an amount of R3.187 billion to upgrade from gravel to tar 18 projects over the next three years”.

“Limpopo is one of the hardest hit provinces by the recent drought that has affected large parts of our country. Despite the recent rains, our communities, in particular our farming communities remain affected by the effects of this drought”.

More and more calls for assistance are made to the provincial government.  In the past five days hail and storm hit Vhembe district killing livestock and destroying houses.

We are busy assessing the situation and in need of more resources to restore the lives of our people.

In this regard, we wish to appeal to the national government for more support.

This support is necessary to mitigate the adverse effects of this drought and to ensure that we do not run into a food security crises.