Tatane project: Mawa Block 9

2011-05-21 19:04

At face value, Mawa Block 9 village in ­Bolobedu outside Tzaneen, Limpopo, looks like any other rural area.

It is dry and dusty, lacks basic facilities, and the atmosphere of rampant poverty and unemployment can be sensed from a distance.

But the reality is even worse than it seems.

Situated about 200km east of Polokwane in the province’s Mopani district, the village is among the most underserviced and neglected in the country.

Basic services such as RDP houses, electricity, water and even a high school are in short supply for the 4 000 residents, 17 years into the new dispensation.

The government electrified part of the village in the early 1990s and recently solved a ­long-standing water crisis by drilling two ­additional boreholes.

But most locals say they have been waiting for the promised electricity for 20 years and still do not have water.

Not a single new RDP house or toilet has been built for its 493 households, they say.

The few families who benefited from upgrades got them for one reason: they were victims of the 2000 floods that swept away their houses and wreaked havoc across Limpopo.

Roads are inaccessible, public transport scarce and children have to walk 5km to the nearest high school, Khesethwane.

These are just some of the challenges the Greater Tzaneen municipality will face over the next five years.

With the municipality’s 2011/2012 expenditure budget having increased by R111 million to R753?million – including R123?million set aside to purchase bulk water and electricity, R79?million for road expenditure and R26?million for electricity projects – service delivery expectations can only improve in villages like Mawa.

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