5 things for Stan Mathabatha’s to-do list

2014-05-21 13:19

Stan Mathabatha was elected uncontested and retained his position as Limpopo premier during the first sitting of the provincial legislature, where members were also sworn in this morning. Poloko Tau takes a stab at suggesting items for the premier’s priority list.

Who is Stan Mathabatha?

Stanley Chupu Mathabatha (57) left the country when he was appointed South African ambassador to Ukraine in 2012. He was called back less than a year later and appointed Limpopo premier on July 18 2013.

This came shortly after Cassel Mathale was forced to resign amid widespread corruption and maladministration that had left the provincial administration on the verge of collapse.

Mathabatha was also elected chairperson of the ANC in Limpopo earlier this year. He emerged victorious after his challenger, Dickson Masemola, dropped out of the race at the 11th hour when it was clear that he did not have much support.

The ANC is believed to have decided to retain Mathabatha as premier to avoid two centres of power, having learnt from other provinces where challenges had arisen when different people occupied the position of ANC chairperson and premier.

Mathabatha’s stay in office has coincided with the presence of section 100 administrators who were sent in to rescue Limpopo from bankruptcy. He still has a long way to go in bringing total stability to the province, with administrators expected to leave soon.

Mathabatha’s to-do list

» Half of Limpopo’s government departments were placed under administration. Administrators are expected to leave Limpopo soon and the pressure will remain on Mathabatha to ensure clean governance and guard against the province’s finances going into the red once again.

» Limpopo is lagging behind in housing delivery since the cancellation of a R900 million housing tender amid irregularities.

Click here to see our interactive graphic on housing delivery over the past 20 years.

» Limpopo has been in the news over poor schools infrastructure, including water and sanitation. Six-year-old Michael Komape recently died after falling into a pit toilet. Promises were made about addressing infrastructure and now Mathabatha will be under pressure to deliver. He would also not want to see another textbook scandal affecting learning in the province.

» Two dams, Nandoni and De Hoop, were completed in Limpopo, yet some communities still don’t have water. Nandoni was completed years ago and a small fraction of the intended beneficiaries are drinking from it. Mathabatha will have to push other stakeholders, including the department of water affairs, to ensure that these dams address acute water shortages in his province.

» Poor roads in Limpopo have been largely blamed on poor workmanship. Mathabatha’s government will be expected to outline clear plans on how it is going to provide safer and improved roads.

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