MAFIKENG MAIL -MAHIKENG: The owners of the newly opened shopping complex in Mmabatho have assured the North West provincial government that they were ready and willing to work with Premier Bushy Maape’s provincial administration to rebuild local infrastructure which had been neglected for years following its construction by the former Bophuthatswana regime.
Addressing Premier Maape, local mayors of Mahikeng Local and Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipalities (Khumalo Molefe and Tshepiso Mphehlo) Kgosi Jeff Montshioa of the Barolong nation, senior government officials as well as business leaders, Dr Mike Nkuna, chairperson of Masingita Group of Companies invited the provincial government to allow his company access to the province to for them to be part of the development of the region.
Dr Nkuna remembered the role the former Bop administration had played in the development of the homeland which had resulted in a massive infrastructure growth which process unfortunately was neglected by the new administration.
He further invited the North West government to open up investment opportunities by among others, making available tax incentives by offering tax holidays to would be investors which would attract investors to the province.
Throwing the gauntlet at the North West government, Dr Nkuna told Premier Maape that his company was “very interested in the Mahikeng Airport which had been neglected over the years, adding that he admired the vision of the leadership of Bophuthatswana (Lucas Mangope) government for the role they played in the development of Bophuthatswana. “We are interested in the Mahikeng Airport. We will and want to work with you and want to partner with you in the reconstruction of the airport. We would like to play a meaningful role and also play part in rebuilding and redeveloping Mahikeng Airport. We will avail ourselves to such an initiative or project”, he said to a loud applause.
In his response, Premier Maape welcomed Dr Nkune’s challenge on the Mahikeng airport and “threw the gauntlet back to Dr Nkuna” adding that “we are happy for the offer to work with us. We are also happy that you have joined our chorus.
“We are impressed by your simplicity and humbleness. We are happy to collaborate with you in a journey to create something bigger and make our dreams a reality.
He welcomed the opening of the mall which he said helped the provincial government’s initiative of job creation.
The Mahikeng airport debacle, Maape said would take a long time to be resolved as the process was still entangled in a legal battle.
Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality executive mayor, Khumalo Molefe praised Dr Nkuna for “his simplicity and being an inspiration” adding that the project would address the worrying unemployment rate in the district.