All Hands on Deck for Mahikeng Local Municipality
This week began with employees of Mahikeng Local Municipality exchanging their office wear for overalls during the Thuma Mina Program kick off which started on Monday, 18 June 2018. The name “Thuma Mina” comes from the popular song by veteran Jazz musician Hugh Masikela, from which Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa quoted during his State of the Nation address in Cape Town on 16
“Now is the time to lend a hand. Now is the time for each of us to say ‘send me’. Now
is the time for all of us to work together, in honour of Nelson Mandela, to build a new,
better South Africa for all”
That was the order of the week as the dedicated men and women in the municipality got their hands dirty while ensuring that they render services to the people of Mahikeng.
“Mahikeng Local Municipality Thuma Mina programme is intended to increase the speed in which services are rendered to our people. It is an integrated service delivery model in which various municipal directorates work in an area providing services all at the same time” said the Executive Mayor Cllr Betty Diakanyo as she excitedly expressed the purpose of the program.
The municipality has made weekly schedules of areas that will be focused on as the program moves between various hotspots identified. The focus areas for this week was Riviera Park, Golf View, Libertas, CBD, Extension 38 and Imperial Reserve. Illegal dumping sites such as the area behind Protea Hotel and the one opposite Rowland Estate were cleared of all the refused that was placed there. The patching
of potholes was also done extensively on the main roads of Riviera Park and Mahikeng CBD while tree trimming and grass cutting was on going in Libertas and Riviera Park. Furthermore, the electrical team has been repairing old connections and replacing bulbs in street lights as well as apollo lights while water and sanitation unit worked on blocked sewer pipes and drains in the focus areas for this week.
“Through this program we hope to make an impact in the lives of our communities by providing an efficient service delivery and would want to start on a high note so that by the end of this program a remarkable difference will be seen in our town. The municipality however cannot do it alone, we need the community to work hand in hand with us by helping to keep our empty stands clean and not dumping illegally as the municipality provides skips which are regularly emptied. We also appeal to
everyone to exercise patience as this program will unfold in phases and we will eventually get to address all service delivery concerns. In the coming week, the municipality will take services to Montshioa as a whole where Thuma Mina will be implemented by the employees of the municipality with the support of Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) workers” said the Municipal Manager, Mr Thabo Mokwena.
By: Yoliswa Tiro