People Should not wait for Imbizo to Raise Issues
"Community members of Makuya should be at the fore front for the development of their communities." This was said by the Acting Executive Mayor during the Public Participation programme held at Makuya, Domboni Village in Mutale local Municipality recently.
Community members raised various concerns regarding water shortage, electricity and others related service delivery issues.
Ravhambelani Mashudu of Domboni said that there's lack of electricity, water and they don't even have projects in their communities.
"Our streets are not graded, we don't have houses, no toilets, there's also lack of network for cell phones and radios, and really we are suffering". Highlighted Mashudu.
Other challenges raised by communities included the lack of monitoring and maintenance at Makuya TSC, teenage pregnancy, soccer field not fenced for almost five years and lack of funding for drop in centre.
In his response the Local Mayor of Mutale Municipality indicated that when it comes to grading of streets, per village the Municipality grade five streets and community members should identify such streets.
"We are also working well with the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional affairs, this year they have allocated 620 housing units for 2012/13 financial year. Those who wish to do business are requested to register their businesses with LIBSA and SEDA and there are also workshops that are held timorously.
Electricity is also allocated through ESKOM on an annual basis and the fund for soccer field comes from lottery". Mayor Matibe outlined.
The Acting Executive Mayor said that the government either local, provincial and national works as one unit.
"Water is a national challenge, enough budgets go to water and Nandoni dam is complete but there was a challenge of the erection of pipelines. We have built the TSC for people to receive serves closer to them and we shall further look at the challenge of cleaning and maintenance.
NHI programme will assist clinics and hospitals when it kicks start. I also caution our communities not to wait for public participation programmes for them to raise issues". the mayor explained