Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has sent condolences to the families of the Mmamatlakala bus accident victims. The accident occurred on the Mmamatlakala Bridge, on the R518 road between Marken and Mokopane in the Waterberg District on 28 March 2024.

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The accident claimed the lives of 45 individuals, mostly worshippers. Only one person, an 8-year-old girl survived.

CONDOLENCES BY PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA FOLLOWING THE  MMAMATLAKALA BUS ACCIDENT

“It is with deep sorrow and heavy heart that the Premier of Limpopo Mr Chupu Stanley Mathabatha received the tragic news of the bus accident that occurred on the Mmamatlakala Bridge,” said the Premier’s office in a statement.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the victims.  Both in Botswana and South Africa, as they navigate through this unimaginable loss and grief.

“I extend my deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to all those affected by this tragedy. May they find strength, comfort, and solace in this difficult time,” said Premier Mathabatha.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha send condolences to the Mmamatlakala bus accident
Mmamatlakala bus accident wreckage

The Premier has also urged all drivers to remain vigilant and exercise caution. Especially when navigating challenging road conditions.

“Let us prioritise safety and responsible driving practices to prevent such devastating accidents from occurring in the future. Limpopo’s scenic routes should be pathways of joy and connection, not sites of tragedy and loss,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Premier had dispatched the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Ms Florence Radzilani, to the scene of the accident to conduct a thorough investigation. To also determine the circumstances that led to the tragic incident.

MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, has also been dispatched to assist the only surviving passenger whilst the Department of Social Development will provide necessary psycho-social support.

 The Premier has also acknowledged the support given by the Minister of Transport, Sindisiwe Chikunga, who was at the accident scene with MEC Radzilani.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation are facilitating necessary interventions with the Botswana government to assist the families of the deceased with the processes of repatriation of the dead.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has sent out his Easter message to the residents of the province ahead of the holiday weekend. The province celebrates the Easter weekend in a sombre mood following a horrific accident on the R518 near Mamatlakala. Only one person, an 8-year-old girl survived, while 45 perished.

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The Province is currently working with the Botswana government and DRICO to assist the affected families.

PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA SENDS EASTER MESSAGE TO THE RESIDENTS OF LIMPOPO

I am filled with immense joy and gratitude as I extend my heartfelt wishes to the residents of our beautiful province for a blessed and serene Easter holiday. This time of year holds a profound significance in the Christian calendar, symbolising hope, renewal, and the triumphant victory of life over death through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I also wish to extend a warm and hearty welcome to all visitors coming from various corners of our nation and beyond. Your presence in Limpopo during this sacred season adds to the richness and diversity of our celebrations. As we gather with family and friends, let us cherish these moments of togetherness and reflect on the deeper meanings of Easter.

Easter Weekend message from Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha
Road users in Limpopo during the Easter Weekend

During this period, we anticipate the arrival of thousands from Christian faith-based denominations, embarking on journeys to churches and sacred sites for spiritual renewal. Among these, the renowned ZCC (St.Engenas) Pilgrimage in Moria stands out as a beacon of faith for many.

I urge all travellers to our province to prioritise safety by adhering to road regulations, practising patience, and refraining from drinking and driving. Let us ensure that our pilgrimage to spiritual enlightenment is marked by caution and care for one another.

May this Easter holiday be a source of immense joy, spiritual renewal, and reflection for you and your loved ones. Let us all strive to “arrive alive” as we partake in the celebrations and observances of this holy season.

Thank you!!

Premier Stanley Mathabatha delivered a keynote address during the Limpopo Human Rights Day Celebration at Mapodile Stadium, Fetakgomo-Tubatse Municipality in Sekhukhune.

This year’s commemoration was held under the theme “Three Decades of Respect for Promotion of Human Rights”.
 It pays tribute to the 30th anniversary of freedom and democracy in South Africa.

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It is being used to reflect on the achievements, milestones, and huge strides by the Provincial Government. In promoting human rights and restoring human dignity in line with the Bill of Rights.

“We are therefore called upon as South Africans to use the whole month, to reflect on our achievements,” said Mathabatha. “To promote respect for basic human rights, and restore human dignity in line with the Bill of Rights.

“Before the April 1994 democratic breakthrough, less than 30 per cent of rural households had access to electricity. Today, we have electrified at least 94.6 per cent of rural households in Limpopo.”

Premier Stanley Mathabatha delivered a keynote address during the Limpopo Human Rights Day Celebration on Thursday.
Human Rights Day Celebrations

PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA LEADS LIMPOPO HUMAN RIGHTS DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SEKHUKHUNE

“We have built 476 clinics in Limpopo and 216 of those operate 24 hours. The construction of the Limpopo Central Academic Hospitals is well underway.

“In 2010, we reached 80 per cent access to water, reaching more communities, because of various countervailing factors, we have experienced a decline to 69.1 per cent. We are worried about this.”

“Regarding our tarred road network, we have covered more than 6 thousand kilometres since April 1994. Almost all rural areas in Limpopo are now having tarred road.”

There were also messages of support from the Commission for Gender Equality and the IEC. The history of Human Rights Day is grounded in the Sharpeville Massacre. The dreadful day took place on the 21st of March 1960. This is after the apartheid police shot and killed 69 people during a peaceful protest march.

Premier of Limpopo Stanley Mathabatha delivered his last State of the Province Address [SOPA] at Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane on Thursday. The Premier is serving his last term in office and will not be back in office after the national and provincial elections to be held in May.

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The SOPA was attended by members of the Executive Council. Members of Parliament, Members of the Judiciary, Executive Mayors, Local Mayors and many other guests.

Mathabatha spent the better part of his speech highlighting the progress made in addressing the legacy of colonialism and apartheid. He also acknowledged that there is still a lot of work to be done, including strengthening programmes to address youth unemployment.

PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA DELIVERS HIS LAST STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS

“As I stand before you today, on this significant occasion of delivering my last annual State of the Province Address, I am filled with a profound sense of gratitude and reflection. It has been an honour to serve as the Limpopo Premier since 2013, leading our fifth and sixth administrations through their journeys of transformation and renewal,” he said.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha delivered his last State of the Province Address
Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha delivers his last SOPA

“When we achieved our April 1994 democratic breakthrough, less than 30 per cent of rural households had access to electricity. Today, we have electrified at least 94.6 per cent of rural households in Limpopo. Marking a significant improvement in access to electricity.

“People in rural areas overwhelmingly dependent on firewood to cook, using three-leg pots. There was deforestation, impacting trees and other plants, an important source of oxygen supply for human life, and a key resource of environmental conservation. Forests have risen in various areas that were affected, thanks to our massive household electrification programme,” he said.  

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“In healthcare, it is pleasing that we currently have 476 clinics in Limpopo. Two hundred and sixteen of our healthcare centres, that is 45 per cent, operate 24 hours a day.

In 2010, we reached 80 per cent of access to water, reaching more communities and improving public health outcomes. However, because of various countervailing factors, we have experienced a decline to 69.1 per cent. We are worried about this, and we are hard at work with authorities in the water provision space to improve the situation.”

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha delivered his last State of the Province Address
Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha signing the national anthem 

“It is important to note that we have improved access to sanitation, to 63.1 per cent, up from 26.9 per cent in 2002, and up from a far lower baseline in 1994.

“Our tarred road network has significantly expanded since April 1994. It is now covering rural areas that were neglected before. Through this progress, we have enhanced connectivity and improved transportation efficiency, facilitating economic development in Limpopo. At present, our target is to surface 13,800 kilometres from gravel to tar.”

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“We have worked very hard in education. Our efforts are now visible in improved matric results. We have improved from a 38 per cent matric pass rate in 1996. At 79.5 per cent in 2024, our matric pass rate now approximates our 80 per cent target.”

“From just over 911 thousand households in 1996, we have increased to over 1.8 million households in 2022. This substantial growth in households highlights Limpopo’s growing population. We have now reached over 6 million people, according to the latest census.”

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha led a sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the provincial theatre in Polokwane on Thursday. The event took place at Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum on the R37, Chuenespoort Road in the Capricorn District.

Mathabatha made a pronouncement during his previous State of the Province Address [SOPA] about the much-anticipated theatre.

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The project is aimed at strengthening inter-governmental relations. It will see the collaboration of the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, Capricorn and Polokwane Municipalities working together.

LIMPOPO PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA LED PROVINCIAL THEATRE SOD-TURNING IN POLOKWANE 

“The construction of the state theatre is not just a promise kept. It is a commitment to fostering the growth and development of the arts in our province,” said Premier Mathabatha.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha led a sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the provincial theatre
How the Limpopo provincial theatre will look like

“This project represents a significant investment in our cultural heritage and a platform for artists to showcase their talents.”

Chairperson of the Limpopo Provincial House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, Kgoshi Masemola also shared a message of support. She also noted the theatre’s anticipated positive contribution to arts and culture.

“The development of the Limpopo Provincial Theatre will assist in ensuring that dramas and shows written in vernacular are played here. Showcasing the unique talents of our people,” she stated.

Mmabulepu Kekana from the Limpopo Arts and Cultural Council also praised the groundbreaking as a barrier-breaking event.

“We are not just breaking ground; we are breaking barriers, creating a space where the arts can flourish and resonate with the diverse voices of our community,” Kekana said.

She also extended gratitude to Premier Mathabatha for his unwavering support and vision for the arts in Limpopo. The project 800 seat theatre, worth R300 million, is expected to be completed in 24 months.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha highlighted the need for serious investment in economic development in municipalities during the recent EXCO Lekgotla. Premier was speaking his last Lekgotla as Premier, held in Meropa Entertainment World, Polokwane on 20 February 2024.

Mathabatha has encouraged municipalities to decentralise economic activities to brown areas and identify competitive areas for economic development.

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“I am delighted by the consistency of administration that has seen me at the helm of the provincial government for more than 10 years. What is more pleasing is the change we have brought to the outlook and socio-economic status of people of Limpopo, effective governance and professional administration,” he said.

Meanwhile, the EXCO Lekgotla also considered and noted presentations on various key areas. This includes the Limpopo Draft 30-Year Performance Report and Limpopo Budget MTEF for the 2024/25 financial year. The 2023 Grade 12 Performance Report, and State of Readiness for the National and Provincial Elections in 2024.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha has delivered EXCO Lekgotla.
MEC Rodgers Monama at the EXCO Lekgotla

The session recognised significant progress in socio-economic transformation over the past 30 years, including the consolidation of democratic values, economic development, and improved access to basic services. However, challenges such as high levels of unemployment, poverty, and income inequality persist in the province.

LIMPOPO PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA DELIVERS HIS LAST EXCO LEKGOTLA

The Premier highlighted the recent ruling party Lekgotla, where progress was reported on implementing manifesto priorities and government accountability. The PEC Lekgotla assessed performance and challenges faced in service delivery, emphasising the need to fulfil priorities for the people of Limpopo as agents of service delivery.

Acknowledging challenges such as budget constraints, the COVID-19 pandemic, and energy crises, the Premier outlined key priorities for economic reconstruction, job creation, basic service provision, combating Gender-Based Violence and Femicide, resolving the energy crisis, and strengthening the fight against crime.

The EXCO endorsed the draft 2024/25 MTEF Provincial Budget Framework and Infrastructure Service Delivery Programme, focusing on strategic infrastructure management interventions, inclusive growth, job creation, service delivery, provincial fiscus stability, and quality provision of water, health, and education.

The Executive Council was preparing for a smooth transition to the forthcoming 7th Term of Administration, finalising the 30-year Performance Report, review development plans and sector plans, and prioritise youth development and gender transformation programmes.

Additionally, the EXCO Lekgotla approved the Draft Provincial Adjustment Budget for the 2023/24 financial year and the Draft Provincial 2024/25 MTEF Budget. A post-Elections EXCO Lekgotla will be convened to focus on Medium Term Strategic Priorities for the 7th Term of Administration.

The Premier is expected to expand further on these matters in his State of the Province Address to be held on 29 February 2024 at the Jack Botes Hall, Polokwane.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha is today handing over 57 vehicles to Senior Traditional leaders. This is part of the government’s provision of tools for trade to deserving traditional leaders.

During his 2023/24 Departmental Budget Vote, MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Mr Basikopo Makamu announced that a total of 102 vehicles would be procured for Senior Traditional Leaders by the end of the current financial year.

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The South African Legislation directs that the Department of CoGHSTA provides enabling resources to ensure that traditional leaders can effectively deliver on the responsibilities tied to their positions.

While all 102 vehicles have been purchased, only 57 will be handed over. The department said they would be ready to deliver the balance to traditional leaders. As soon as the vehicles have been delivered.

Limpopo Premier Mathabatha hands over new vehicles to Limpopo Traditional leaders
Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha arrives in Seshego

NEW VEHICLES FOR LIMPOPO TRADITIONAL LEADERS FROM PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA

The event is taking place at Ngoako Ramathlodi Sports Complex, Seshego within the Polokwane Local Municipality.

Executive Mayor of Capricorn District Municipality, Mamedupi Teffo and the executive leaders of the Limpopo House of Traditional and Khoi San Leaders – led by Hosi Ngove have also honoured the event.

The 3rd Limpopo Investment Conference has just commenced at the Ranch Hotel, outside Polokwane. The Conference is part of the Limpopo government’s investment drive to attract foreign and local direct investment into the Province.

The two-day event is also aimed at showcasing the province’s economic potential. Some of the issues on the table will be the attraction of the province’s natural resources and other investment opportunities offered by the province.

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Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha gave a keynote address at the opening of the conference. 

“This third instalment of the Limpopo Investment Conference focuses on both the extractive industry and beneficiation of the primary resources,” said Mathabatha. 

“We have a vision of Limpopo that has total employment, with a strong economy that focuses beyond the extractive industry and graduates into manufacturing and services.

“We are honoured by your presence, distinguished guests and business leaders, our friends from China, Russian Federation, Zimbabwe, Namibia and across the globe,” he said. 

Limpopo investment conference gets underway 
Premier Stanley Mathabatha giving a keynote address at the Investment Conference

“Limpopo is blessed with natural resources such as climatic conditions for agricultural produce, minerals, flora, fauna, and wildlife.

It is also strategically located as an access gate to the SADC market with over 300 million citizens. Over the next two days, this province will lay bare the investment opportunities to the world through various panel discussions. 

“It is in this context that our topics are well-researched and well-aligned. We hope to attract investment inflows into those latent untapped sectors of our economy. Similarly, the conference is also a networking opportunity to establish and build solid and long-lasting relationships across various industries,” he added. 

Ambassador Chen Xiaodong from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in South Africa also offered a message of support. 

PRESENTATIONS AT THE LIMPOPO INVESTMENT CONFERENCE 

Some of the presentations at the conference will also include;

  1. Agriculture, Agro-processing and Trade Challenges, Opportunities and Lessons Learnt to Accelerate Transformation. 
  2. Connecting South Africa to Africa: Limpopo the Gateway to Africa.
  3. Opportunities in the Automotive Component Manufacturing Sector.
  4. Limpopo’s mineral wealth: The untapped mineral resources and Limpopo‘s future.
  5. Integration of Renewable Energy Sources in South Africa’s Energy mix” – Hydrogen Energy.
  6. Leveraging the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to grow the Limpopo Tourism Investment.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha on Tuesday donated more than 300 literature books to Groblersdal Library. Mathabatha says the initiative is to promote reading and literacy in schools. The government is investing lots of resources in the Early Childhood Development Centres.

The Premier has also revealed that some of the books are his collection while he was still in exile, and when he came out of exile, he continued to read more about struggle and liberation.

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“These are history, mathematics, economics, social and developmental books I acquired since 1976 when I became actively involved in the struggle for the liberation of our country,” he said.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha on Tuesday donated more than 300 literature books to Groblersdal Library.
Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha

LIMPOPO PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA

“My sincere wish is to positively influence the character of our youth towards development-oriented in any field. Economically, broader social transformation and culture of reading.

“According to the Department of Education, illiteracy levels are higher in females (10.7%) than men (9.3%). Females continue to miss out on opportunities to participate fully in society,” Premier Mathabatha said in Sekhukhune.

The Premier also revealed that he read the bible from the book of Genesis up to the book of Revelation during his struggle time while he was in jail.

Books donated by Premier Stanley Mathabatha

WHY THE GROBLERSDAL LIBRARY

Mathabatha also explained why he chose the Groblersdal Library specifically.

“Spontaneously, I just took a decision after visiting this library yesterday. I told myself that I didn’t see what I wanted to see in this library but I got what I wanted to see in my back room. I also believe there are so many people who would also want to see that in a library.

“Then I met the manager and we discussed. She was so friendly and open to me. We discussed and agreed that I am going to donate books here. The kind of books that I am donating are what you call heritage books of our struggle for liberation,” explained Mathabatha.

The funeral for the Late First Lady of Limpopo and wife of Premier Stanley Mathabatha, Mrs. Matlotlo Maggie, took place on Friday in Polokwane. Families, friends, and Politicians paid tribute to the First Lady and described her as a kind, humble and selfless person.

Mathabatha passed away on Wednesday, 28 June following a short illness.

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Mourners included acting President Paul Mashatile, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, various MECS and Mayors, and community members.

The funeral proceedings began at the Uniting reformed church of Southern Africa, Serala View. Tributes came from Family representatives, Friends, beneficiaries of the First Lady trust, her Husband [Premier Stanley Mathabatha] and her Children.

The funeral for the Late First Lady of Limpopo and wife of Premier Stanley Mathabatha, Maggie, took place on Friday
Funeral proceedings at the Uniting reformed church of Southern Africa, Serala View

Mrs Mathabatha became the patron of the First Lady Trust in 2013 when her husband Stan Mathabatha assumed the premier position.

Mathabatha’s daughter Refentse Mathabatha paid tribute on behalf of the children.

“If there is a gift that my mother left us and I trust that my brothers would say the same, it would be knowing that she loved us,” she said.

PREMIER STANELY MATHABATHA PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE WIFE MAGGIE AT HER FUNERAL

Premier Mathabatha described his late wife as a real paragon of human perfection. The Premier delivered his tribute through a family representative Calvin Makhene.

The funeral for the Late First Lady of Limpopo and wife of Premier Stanley Mathabatha, Maggie, took place on Friday
Premier Mathabatha and his children at the cemetery 

He said he knew the first time he met his wife that he was going to marry her, and his friends did not believe him when he told them that he was indeed going to marry her. Mathabatha says his wife was his pillar of strength and that he gave him unmatched joy. He says they went through many difficult circumstances as a couple and that his wife was the stronger one.

The funeral for the Late First Lady of Limpopo and wife of Premier Stanley Mathabatha, Maggie, took place on Friday
Premier Stanley Mathabatha paying his past respects


Mathabatha says Mme Maggie left him too soon, further adding that they still had ambitions together. “You left us astonished but what can we say? What happened is so sad but it is well, it is well with my soul.”

Acting President Paul Mashatile delivered the Eulogy.

MAGGIE MATHABATHA FUNERAL IN PICTURES:

CREDIT: Pictures courtesy of the Limpopo Office of the Premier.