Municipality hands over projects

2015-04-30 16:59

THE Matjhabeng Local Municipality has handed over two complete development projects, fast-tracking the development of new residences in Extension 15 in Bronville.

Much to the delight of residents, Sebenzile Ngangelizwe, mayor of the Matjhabeng Local Municipality, officially handed over the two projects last Thursday (19/03).

The projects include a cemetery and a paved road stretching 2,55km. The municipality reportedly forked out R2 999 299,77 and R10 536 684,84 respectively for these projects.

The development projects in Bronville, Ward 11 of the Matjhabeng Municipality, are part of other projects the municipality had budgeted for in the previous financial year. Other completed projects X two cemeteries X are yet to be handed over in Meloding, Virginia. These projects were all launched last year and are in line with the Matjhabeng council’s mandate to improve the lives of its residents.

Ngangelizwe said the projects were significant in that they have had some economic spinoffs for the locals, by creating temporary employment for both men and women during the duration of the construction as well as opportunities for skills development.

He emphasized that more significant development projects would be unveiled to further advance the development of the area and improve the lives of the people in and around Extension 15.

Although appreciative of the progress made, residents want the council to speed up delivery. Due to the non-existence of a sewerage system, residents in the new settlement still have to use unhygienic pit toilets to relieve themselves.

The Matjhabeng council has yet to lay out a sewerage system. The residents have improvised by creating pit toilets themselves, using their own corrugated iron sheets. Many raised concerns about the pit toilets, pointing out that they are hazardous as they cannot escape disease-causing germs.

They further pointed out that illnesses such as tuberculosis were caused by pit toilets. The residents told Express Goldfields andamp; NFS they had been using pit toilets instead of bucket toilets for more than ten years since the establishment of the residential settlement.

Those that can afford it, use chemicals to control the bad-smelling odours and minimise the health risk

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