Limpopo Premier Sello Moloto yesterday paid tribute to the people of Moutse for having ensured their children attend school despite tensions and demonstrations in the area.
Delivering his budget speech in the Lebowakgomo legislature, Moloto said parents understood that education was an important tool to secure one's future.
He said his government supported initiatives aimed at defending South Africa's fledgling democracy.
He said: "Our people are well educated to understand and detect any of the tendencies meant to destabilise their hard-won freedom and democracy."
Recently, Moutse has been characterised by sporadic acts of violence and demonstrations. Residents in the area do not want to belong to Limpopo. They want to remain in Mpumalanga.
Residents have barred government officials and politicians from coming into the area.
Moloto said government's doors remained open for discussions around cross-boundary municipalities.
"We invite the Moutse Demarcation Forum and the Moutse community to join us in our attempt to create conditions for a better life for all," he said.
Moloto said the province had improved its senior management level quota from just 32percent to 37percent.
However, he said the low representation of women managers, especially in municipalities, remained a concern.
The Limpopo executive council, according to Moloto, had confirmed the need to explore the establishment of a state law advice office to advise departments on legal matters.
The exercise, he said, would mean that cases in various stages of completion in departments would be monitored from a common point while the departments would have compliance officers to offer immediate support on a daily basis.
District municipalities had been assisted with a budget of R40million to do forward planning for capital projects to be implemented this year.
Mopani received R6,1million for water works and supply, while Sekhukhune received R19,5million for town planning services.
Capricorn district, on the other hand, had benefited to the value of R3million towards the augmentation and development of the Oliphant River water resource project.
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