Mayor delivers on promises

2017-07-21 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoGreater Kokstad Mayor Bheki Mtolo.

Photo: siphelele nketoGreater Kokstad Mayor Bheki Mtolo.

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GREATER Kokstad mayor Bheki Mtolo has only been in office for 11 months, since the local government elections, but he is in top gear.

Mtolo kept his promise to make the lives of the people of Kokstad better by improving roads and electricity supply and curbing the high rate of unemployment.

He spoke to Fever about development saying more plans are on the cards.

“Just a few months ago I met with the Department of Energy to upgrade the capacity of electricity in Kokstad and they approved R86 million to build a substation. The department has already appointed a consultant for the project to go ahead.”

He said he believes the substation will bring industry to Kokstad.

“The only challenge we have is water­, but we are discussing with Harry Gwala District Municipality how to ensure they construct a new dam so that the people of Kokstad have enough water,” said Mtolo.

Another project on the cards is the N2 intersection because South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is proposing to upgrade the N2 intersection, which is three kilometres south-east of the Kokstad CBD.

The mayor said it will make it easy for visitors to get in and out of town about having to put up with people traffic congestion in the intersec- tion.

“As you know, Kokstad is an economic hub as we have people coming from Mthatha, Matatiele, Mount Fletcher, Bizana up to Lusikisiki. This project will cost about R400 million,” said Mtolo.

He said they are constructing and revamping Bhongweni roads and Extension 7.

Mtolo said they have allocated R8.6 million for youth internship and already many youths and women are working at the Bhongweni Centre site which will completed in March 2018.

“Although we still have the challenge of providing sustainable jobs, we are making a mark as we have more than 100 people from Kokstad employed on our projects.”

 

GREATER Kokstad mayor, Bheki Mtolo has only been in office for 11 months, since the local government elections, but he is in top gear.
Mtolo kept his promise to make the lives of the people of Kokstad better by improving roads and electricity supply and curbing the high rate of unemployment.

He spoke to Fever about development saying more plans are on the cards.

“Just a few months ago I met with the Department of Energy to upgrade the capacity of electricity in Kokstad and they approved R86 million to build a substation. The department has already appointed a consultant for the project to go ahead.”

He said he believes the substation will bring industry to Kokstad.

“The only challenge we have is water, but we are discussing with Harry Gwala District Municipality how to ensure they construct a new dam so that the people of Kokstad have enough water,” said Mtolo.

Another project on the cards is the N2 intersection because South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is proposing to upgrade the N2 intersection, which is three kilometres south-east of the Kokstad CBD.

The mayor said it will make it easy for visitors to get in and out of town about having to put up with people traffic congestion in the intersection.

“As you know, Kokstad is an economic hub as we have people coming from Mthatha, Matatiele, Mount Fletcher, Bizana up to Lusikisiki. This project will cost about R400 million,” said Mtolo.

He said they are constructing and revamping Bhongweni roads and Extension 7.

Mtolo said they have allocated R8.6 million for youth internship and already many youths and women are working at the Bhongweni Centre site which will completed in March 2018.

“Although we still have the challenge of providing sustainable jobs, we are making a mark as we have more than 100 people from Kokstad employed in our projects.”

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