The Executive Mayor of the Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo, Cllr Maleke Mokganyetji celebrated her 100 days in office since being sworn in.
Mokganyetji was elected as the new Mayor on 1 December 2022 following the resignation of Julia Mathebe. She was a member of the mayoral committee responsible for the budget and treasury before her election.
The former school teacher has over 16 years of experience in the local government sphere. She also served at Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality as a member of the executive committee and chairperson of community services. She was also chairperson of the local Aids council and a provincial executive committee for SALGA.
During a media briefing at the Sekhukhune District Municipality chambers on Friday, 17 March Mokganyetji highlighted some of her achievements as well as the challenges she has faced since taking charge.
“We recommitted to strengthen our campaign dubbed “Operation tlema tekkie, renwe meetsi”. Which is a call to government officials and members of the community to work together to realize the provision of clean drinkable water,” she said.
“As we present the successes of our 100 days in office, we remain focused on ensuring that the SIX MAYORAL PRIORITIES guide our implementation.
The SIX MAYORAL PRIORITIES are as follows.
- Provision of water and sanitation services in a sustainable manner,
- Local economic development, growth and job creation through agrarian reform, mining, tourism, and repositioning of SDA,
- Good governance and sound financial management,
- Sustainable land use management and spatial transformation,
- Community development, social cohesion, and nation building, and
- Public participation, stakeholder engagements and partnerships.
MALEKE MOKGANYETJI WANTS TO FIGHT CORRUPTION
“A municipality that has weak financial management is open to corruption and the misdirection of financial resources,” she said.
“This is a practice we should never allow. It is against this background that a credible and implementable revenue enhancement strategy is now well underway.”
“This will empower us to recover the millions of rands that households, businesses, and government departments currently owe us. But importantly, we want to recover debt owing to us, proactively and timeously, to avoid a costly accumulation.”
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MINING SECTOR
“The mines operating in Sekhukhune are the mainstay of not only our district but of the country’s economy. Their contributions are very important. But we are convinced that increased collaboration between the government, the mines, and communities, will attain even more achievements.
“This collaboration is also demonstrated by the 127-million-rand construction of the Ga-Malekana Steel Bridge. Which is a flagship project between all spheres of government and the private sector. This project will bring much needed economic activities to our district and will provide work opportunities to our SMMEs. A priority will also be given to women, youth, and people with disabilities.”
ON SMALL, MEDIUM AND MICRO ENTERPRISES (SMMEs).
“We have also kept our commitment to provide support to SMMEs and Co-operatives in our district. After we had called on eligible applicants to apply for the Inaugural SMMEs and Cooperatives Development Fund. We have since received 105 applications and 41 SMMEs and Cooperatives have been recommended for support.
“On this programme we have partnered with the Sekhukhune TVET College Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator, to provide financial and non-financial support to emerging entrepreneurs in our district.”
“We have invested R2 million in this empowerment programme and we will certainly continue with it in the next financial year.”
ON CHALLENGES FACED BY THE SEKHUKHUNE DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY
“Our governance challenges in the district municipality are a matter of public knowledge. We are working towards resolving all the issues that were raised by the Auditor-General, leading to the attainment of a Qualified Audit opinion for the past financial year.
“In our first 100 days in office, we have put in place the internal audit plan and the audit committee to ensure that improved internal controls are implemented without delay. We are also at an advanced stage in filling the Chief Audit Executive post to ensure that the internal Audit unit is properly led. All these will ultimately assist us to move away from the qualified audit opinion.”
MALEKE MOKGANYETJI ON WATER CHALLENGES
“A few weeks after our election, I led a team of my mayoral committee members to monitor progress on the Malekana water scheme, reticulation, and yard connections. We met with consultants, project managers and contractors after we were made aware that some business forums are disrupting our projects.
“I deliberately mention this to the media because these challenges are amongst many that impede our progress in spending our grants and completing our water projects in time.
The community unrests, disruptive business forums and disappearing contractors are some of the major reasons our projects stalls and that forces us to underspend and at times return money to treasury.
“But as leaders, we cannot bury our heads in the sand when we are required to provide leadership. In this case, I am proud to announce that the yard connection and reticulation projects at Ga-Malekana are progressing well after our intervention.”
Furthermore, allow me to give a progress report on the flagship Loskop Bulk Water Project. The water pipeline project starts at Loskop dam, Steve Tshwete Local Municipality passing through Moutse to Thembisile Hani Local Municipality.
This inter–provincial project between Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province under the stewardship of the Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu is at an advanced stage. The site is already established and the pipeline already being laid underground.
The bulk water pipeline will connect with the district’s Moutse Reticulation and yard connection scheme. A water treatment plant and a reservoir will be built. Which will provide 3 mega liters of water per day to the people of Moutse.
“This project once finalized will provide sustainable clean drinkable water to over eight villages in Moutse. On the 3rd of March 2022, the Minister of Water and Sanitation and his deputies were here in Moutse to monitor the implementation of the projects. I can report back to the people of Moutse that we are impressed with the progress of the project.