Residents of Moutse in Limpopo last week appealed to the Sekhukhune district municipality to invest more money in water supply, tarring of roads and to address the alarming crime rate in the area.
This emerged during a mayoral outreach programme at the Philadelphia Hospital in Dennilton, in which district mayor Dickson Masemola consulted with communities.
He listened as they stated their needs for the current municipal financial year. The outreach programme is aimed at encouraging communities to have a say in the budgetary allocation process.
One of the residents, Vusi Masilela, an ex-convict, appealed to the council for more money to fight crime in the area.
"As a former prisoner, I know that unemployment and poverty lead to crime.
"It will be wise to invest more money in youth development projects to alleviate the problem of crime, which is rife in the area," said Masilela.
The residents were also concerned about the Philadelphia H ospital's failure to appoint enough competent staff to avoid delays when attending to patients.
The municipality is now conducting public hearings with communities in Sekhukhune on the R469 million estimated budget for the current financial year.
Municipal spokesman, Selby Makgotho said: "We will consolidate all the issues and concerns raised by residents to make sure they are reflected in the budget, to be passed at the month end."