promises of plenty
The new chief of the Valoyi tribe, Lwandlamuni Felia N'wamitwa-Shiluvhana, revealed her plans to fight poverty and unemployment in her communities after she is installed as chief later this year.
Her plans include a R75million construction of a tar road and a multi-million rand N'wamitwa Dam.
The projects would be labour intensive and are poised to provide much-needed jobs for the Valoyi clan in Tzaneen, Limpopo.
The chief said this at her rural house in N'wamitwa village in an exclusive interview with Sowetan on Tuesday.
She said she had already facilitated the tar road project, which is under way.
The 30km tar road, which will stretch from the N'wamitwa royal kraal to Dzumeri near Giyani, will create 150 jobs.
The road will be an alternative passage to Giyani, as opposed to the 67km route to Tzaneen.
"Plans are also afoot to construct the dam that will supply water to villages in N'wamitwa, Bolobedu, Giyani, and villages surrounding the Kruger National Park near Phalaborwa.
No less than 100 people will get jobs during the construction of the dam, and 10 full-time jobs will be created," she said with a broad smile.
Lwandlamuni said a shopping complex would also be built near the taxi rank in N'wamitwa.
She said the construction of a taxi rank would also create jobs.
"Youth and women from around the area will be given first preference depending on the availability of skills."
"We will work with local government and traditional leaders to bring services closer to our people," she said.
The plans were applauded by villagers who described her as the "messiah".
"We have had no chief for seven years," said Gracious Mkhari of N'watsaeni village.
"The rate of service delivery in our villages has been staggering with no one to give us a hearing.
"But now we believe our lives will change for the better, as long as Felia is installed as our chief," Mkhari said.
Acting chief for the N'wamitwa clan, Wilson Mbalati, said the tribe needs an educated and intelligent woman who can think on her feet like Felia. She has the interests of her subjects at heart.
"Under her leadership, we will go places and prosper," Mbalati said.