Mahikeng Starts Socio-Economic Partnership with America
Mahikeng Mail – Mahikeng – A meeting this week between Mahikeng Local Municipality (MLM) led by Executive Mayor, Gosiame Seatlholo and an American delegation under the leadership of Christopher Rowan, Consul General at the American Consulate in Johannesburg has set the pace for what promises to be a long-lasting socio-economic investment partnership between the two nations.
The meeting on Tuesday took place at a local hotel in Mahikeng and already the two delegations have agreed to involve Premier Supra Mahumapelo in their next get together to ensure that the process involves the highest office in the North West. The American group was in Mahikeng to explore the possibility of setting off investment opportunities, forming partnership for exchange programmes, capacity building programmes, partnering in agricultural growth programmes and participate in unemployment and poverty alleviation . “We are here to see for ourselves what are the political and socio-economic challenges facing Mahikeng. We would like to get to know this area and what are the challenges and achievements of Mahikeng and how those problems can be solved . We would like to learn more about what makes Mahikeng work. We have heard about the dynamics of the local economy and would like to know what can be made for the economy of Mahikeng”, Rowan said. Cllr Seatlholo who was accompanied by some of her Mayoral committee members and the municipal manager, Thabo Mokoena assured the American diplomats that the ANC-led government was doing its best to build the local economy and was working hard to address the needs of communities by providing social grants and free housing to poor households. “The ANC is trying hard to communicate with people to address these challenges”, she said. She said the municipality was working on various projects to ensure job creation, skills development, capacity building and different kinds of training through community-based programmes involving community-based organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), home-based care centres and early childhood development centres. The municipality was also looking for assistance around infrastructure development, using of tanks to deliver water in rural areas and to help farm-owners in cattle production. “As agriculture was the provincial government’s main driver for economic growth, Cllr Seatlholo said, it also featured on top of the municipality’s list in job creation and community empowerment in which an American investment can play a leading role through socio-economic partnership.
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