Paving the way for poor women

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

A multimillion-rand project to pave the streets in the greater Letaba municipal area in Limpopo is set to benefit hundreds of township residents.

Work is already in progress on the project, which has created at least 100 jobs for the local unemployed women and youth in the townships of Kgapane and Senwamokgope.

Phase one of the project began in February and is poised to be completed next month.

Greater Letaba municipal mayor and provincial ANC Youth League chairman Joshua Matlau said the municipality had allocated R9million for phase one of the project in Kgapane, which had to date created 74 jobs, and R2,1million for Senwamokgope, which had created 32 jobs.

Matlau said R14million has been set aside for phase two of the project, which is scheduled to start in September.

A library was to be built in Modjadjiskloof, which would create about 50 jobs, and R2million had been allocated for a face-lift of the municipal building, Matlau said.

Though the project is not yet completed, residents are already jubilant about the development.

Lerato Rababalela of Los My Cherrie section was ecstatic about the move.

"We have been living in acutely disturbing conditions for many years.

"We even thought the municipality had forgotten about us.

"Our streets were like Makgobaskloof valleys, making it difficult for our cars to take us home," she said.

Ramatjie Letsoalo of Thamahase section, whose house was sinking, said: "Life was so unbearable here. We were named the 'ghost section' because of the roads, which were not user-friendly and the water crisis that marred our section."

Commenting on the project, district mayor Humphrey Mokgobi said: "Delivery of services is the middle name for all the municipalities in Limpopo."