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By unknown | Nov 06, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Michael Sakuneka

Michael Sakuneka

Greater Letaba, Limpopo, municipal mayor Joshua Matlou took time out of his busy schedule yesterday to drive a grader to level badly damaged streets in Ramaroka village in Bolobedu.

Matlou drove the grader as part of an initiative to take service delivery to the people. This came after the village community complained to the municipality that they were unable to access other parts of the village because of the poor condition of the roads.

Speaking to Sowetan Matlou said locals had phoned in to a talk show he hosted on a community radio station recently.

People complained about the poor condition of the roads in the area and demanded that something be done about them.

He said his driving the grader marked the official launch of a programme aimed at upgrading all roads in the villages in the municipality.

The mayor arrived at work in his work suit to find that two graders had been parked for him and that he could decide which he wanted to use.

"We are quite sure that by doing this we will be responding to some of the complaints raised by the people we serve as local government," Matlou said.

"We also want to make sure many villages are accessible to the Independent Electoral Commission."

Meanwhile, residents told Sowetanthey were happy about the way the mayor attended to their complaints. They said they wished local councillors in other parts of the municipality would respond as quickly to provide the services they are so desperately in need of.


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