Mahikeng residents have all the reasons to be excited by developments in their city this weekend.
Their mayor, Councillor Gosiame Seatlholo will on Saturday receive the Mahikeng Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal Programme (MRRRP) on behalf of the people of Mahikeng from provincial Premier, Supra Mahumapelo and thereby set the pace for the much needed face-lift of the provincial capital and offering it the status of a real capital city.
And, the provincial government has budgeted a total of R232 million towards the RRR campaign launched earlier.
Premier Mahumapelo made an undertaking during the presentation of his state of the province address in Mogwase earlier this year to change the face of Mahikeng as a capital city. Mahumaplelo’s commitment has since been followed by an official launch of Mahikeng Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal recently. As part of the RRR programme, Mahumapelo will present a total of 23 projects aimed at improving the status of Mahikeng which local residents have been yearning for more than 25 years since the demise of the erstwhile Bophuthatswana regime.
Mahikeng has over the years lost its glitz and glamour as one of the best and cleanest cities in the country due to among others, uncontrolled and crowded hawking on the pavements of Mafikeng town, broken road surfaces, potholed roads and general unhealthy and filthy surroundings while the local municipality is battling to introduce by-laws to control hawkers in the city.
According to MLM spokesperson, Jerry Matebesi, the MRRRP is aimed at ensuring the implementation of the 23 strategic projects which will contribute towards improving infrastructure development and introducing new projects which never existed before.
“The implementation of MRRRP would also promote tourism economy since the construction of a new stadium and the reopening of Mahikeng airport and the train station will also enable tourists to travel to Mahikeng. Infrastructure development will also play an important role promoting domestic and foreign direct investment in the capital city. The residences of Mahikeng will benefit from a state of the art road infrastructure and the experience of having to watch professional soccer locally. The MRRRP is the brain child of Mahumapelo and already, some projects have been implemented.
While these developments will be continuing, we call on those responsible for the implementation of the by-laws to act on introducing them as a matter of urgency with the hope of taking forward the status and total development of Mahikeng as a true provincial city.
Comment by Bobby Saul of 13 Martin Street, Galleria Arcade, Mafikeng.