The Lesedi Local Municipality executive mayor has delivered the 2019 State of the Municipality Address in a packed hall at the Heidelberg Heritage Museum.
In her speech, Cllr Maloka spoke on the ‘dream speech’ of the President’s State of the Nation Address by Cyril Ramaphosa.
She said that even Lesedi has its own ambitious plans that are slowly becoming a reality.
On Employment : The mayor congratulated the ten female students that have been training at Vopak to become operators of the Jameson Park Terminal once its complete. The facility has created many employment opportunities in the area.
On Tourism: Mayor Maloka spoke of the Heidelberg Heritage Museum, launched on Freedom Day, is the Municipality’s flagship tourism destination.
On Service Delivery: About 96% of communities have access have access to water, electricity, refuse removal and sanitation services.
The Municipality has 4144 indigent residents that get free basic services and rebates on rates. Cllr Maloka said the numbers are expected to rise and resources will be made to accommodate the numbers.
On Housing: Lesedi currently has three Mega-Human Settlements projects in Ratanda, Devon and Vischkuil. The Obed Nkosi project in Ratanda will yield a total of over 6000 houses. This year, about 1700 mixed income houses will be developed. Other than RDP houses, serviced stands will be made available to residents who want land to build on their own.
On Governance: The mayor and Speaker, Mluleki Nkosi, spoke on the recently released Auditor General’s report all municipalities in the country. This year Lesedi achieved another Unqualified Audit opinion. The mayor hailed Midvaal Municipality’s fifth consecutive clean audit, saying Lesedi must learn from what their neighbors in the district. She also said that it must be Lesedi’s aim to get a clean audit in the coming years.
Budget: The total approved budget for Lesedi stands at R955 million for the 2019/2020 financial year.
Upcoming Projects: The executive mayor spoke on a few projects to be delivered by the Municipality and its partners over the coming year.
* A Skills Development Centre will be built in partnership with the Services SETA.
* Construction of an Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Impumelelo be completed.
* A Biogas fuel development project is coming soon. This is one of the dream projects for the Municipality according to the mayor.
* Combi-courts across the townships of Lesedi will be constructed.
The mayor kept this year’s address very brief.
This was explained by the speaker that the council had held a special council meeting to iron out all the issues that have troubled the local government in the past few weeks. These issues include the protest by local businesses that resulted in closure of the Municipality offices and suspension of development.