Mayor’s Imbizo at farms

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Lentswe, Palmietfontein - Matlosana Mayor, Cllr Maetu Kgaile, MMCs, council management team and employees were part of an outreach programme at Palmietfontein Farm in ward 18 on Sunday 8 April.

Walking door-to-door the team checked the living conditions as there was a bad smell from an open sewerage tunnel running across one of houses.

According to Mayor Kgaile, the purpose of the meeting was to give feedback to the community after problems were raised with councillors.

The MMCs were also called to respond to their respective portfolios’ challenges already registered in the Mayoral Community Concern register.

Kgaile told the community that they are aware of the challenges they were faced with and the most painful one was that the new farmer (owner) does not want to accept and work with the community.

“He disconnected essential services like electricity and water. As the interim measure the councillors and management were in negotiations with this new owner to see if they can reach an amicable solution,” Mayor said.

Finance MMC Farouk Tagaree said paraffin stoves and paraffin will be given to the farm community from Wednesday 11 April.

Infrastructure MMC, Lefa Nthaba indicated that they were seriously concerned with the living conditions of the community. “These challenges of not having proper toilets, and instead using dangerous pit toilets, while some will have to relief themselves in the bushes. It means they are now exposed to the danger of being bitten by snakes.

“And the smell coming from the pigs den’s tunnel poses a health risk for the community to acquire water borne diseases. We will restore the dignity of the community by servicing the boreholes and water tankers will be supplied by the new farm owner,” Nthaba said.

Other challenges that they are experiencing were of the burial sites and cemeteries. The municipality said it will provide a fence for the burial sites, designate the dumping site and improve the condition of the Early Learning Centre (ELC).

The council said they will also facilitate that ELC through the department of Social Development. The municipality will further allocate the teaching aids and educational toys through the library to the ELC.

The farm community also complained about being isolated from information. In response, Macro City Planning MMC, Tshepo Khoza said the community will be helped to form cooperatives and assist SMMES with business plans so that they can compete for tendering processes like the supply of protective clothing.

Meanwhile, Kgaile promised to prioritize bursaries for the youth from the farms. Other MMCs who attended were Pogiso Mabedi, Irene Matetoane, Thembeka Vilakazi, and Sebenzile Daemane.