Or is that Tlokwe?

North West mayor Maphetle Maphetle. © Unknown.
North West mayor Maphetle Maphetle. © Unknown.

Boitumelo Tshehle

The struggle to change the name of Potchefstroom to Tlokwe continues.

This emerged during the presentation of the state-of-the-city speech by Potchefstroom, North West, mayor Maphetle Maphetle, pictured, on Tuesday.

"We experienced a number of marches as a result of the unfortunate perception that there is no or poor delivery of services. Others were related to the proposal from council to change the name of the city from Potchefstroom to Tlokwe," he said.

Maphetle announced that an amount of R59,4million has been allocated to the municipality this financial year. He said various development projects that will create jobs will be undertaken.

"Investment in the Mooi River Mall will provide 1 400 [full-time] and more than 600 part-time jobs," Maphetle said.

He said the project will not only focus on jobs but also on share-holding.

"A total of 10percent of the shares will be made available to the previously disadvantaged communities of Potchefstroom. These shares will be accessed at an amount of R50 a share or less," Maphetle said.

He said among other projects will be the construction of Highveld National Park that will create about 120 jobs. He added that the opening of a Chubby Chick Chicken firm will also create about 1000 jobs.

"On ensuring that we play a part in the national government's agenda of halving the unemployment figure by 2014, as a municipality we will work hard to create jobs for our people.

"We will continue to restore the dignity and humanity of our people by providing a better life and making local government work better for our people," Maphetle said.

The mayor said a project that will engage school teachers to identify talented youth in all sporting codes and music has been allocated an amount of R120000.

The project will focus on schools within Potchefstroom.

"We shouldn't fool ourselves that the journey so far has been good because we encountered many challenges. However, we managed to go on despite these difficulties.

"We have set our sights firmly on the goal of ensuring that come the end of our term of office, our people's best hope for a better life shall not be disappointed. Success in this regard depends especially on the successful performance of our duties as public representatives in the council and administration," said Maphetle.