Donation welcomed

2015-09-09 06:00
MOEKETSI LEBESA, a member of the mayoral committee responsible for public safety, transport and protection services, Gwede Manthashe, the ANC secretary general, and Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, at t

MOEKETSI LEBESA, a member of the mayoral committee responsible for public safety, transport and protection services, Gwede Manthashe, the ANC secretary general, and Vusi Tshabalala, the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, at t

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BETHLEHEM. – “You should make sure that you take care of farmers because you always need them.”

These were the words of Gwede Manthashe, the ANC secretary general, during his speech in the Harrismith Town Hall on Saturday (05/09).

“You need a farmer three times a day and that is why you should take care of them. They will be able to produce food for us if we take good care of them. You need a farmer in the morning when you eat breakfast, in the afternoon for lunch and in the evening for supper,” he said.

Mantashe said this after Shadrack Mbele, the chairperson of the African Farmers Association of South Africa, put his request to the local municipality to recognise them as important in people’s everyday lives.

“We need the municipality to take care of us,” he pleaded.

Mantashe was in Harrismith to donate a fire-fighting unit to the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality through the Gwede Mantashe Foundation.

At the same time it was the launch of its partnership with Liberty Holdings and the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality.

He said he had come to the municipality to donate a fire-fighting unit in response to the devastation they had seen. He said it was not to campaign for the elections, and added that they would love to return to donate tractors so that there could be production within the municipality.

“Fire destroys the economy. It hurt to read about a family who had died in a fire in Harrismith. About 376 head of cattle and 1 200 head of sheep were also consumed by the fire.

“We are making this donation because we don’t want something like this happening again,” he said.

Moeketsi Lebesa, a member of the mayoral committee responsible for public safety, transport and protective services, said they were happy with the donation and added that a lack of resources had resulted in them failing to deliver services to the best of their ability.

“The donated fire-fighting unit will help us to respond in time when called out to a fire. Initially we had the challenge that we could not respond to two fires at the same time.

“We had to attend to one problem and finish it before going to another one, but with this donation we will be able to attend to both when called,” he said.

Lebesa, however, asked parents to warn their children about the danger of fire

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