Residents demand services

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: : Angry Solomondale residents are accusing the Polokwane municipality of failing to fulfill its promise to deliver services like electricity to the area. Pic. ELIJAR MUSHIANA. 25/01/2010.; © Sowetan.

25 JANUARY 2010 MONDAY:
DEMAND: Angry Solomondale residents outside Polokwane in Limpopo are accusing the Polokwane Municipality for failing to fulfill the promise about service delivery water, roads and electricity, and removal of the ward councellor during the protest march to the Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo on Monday (yesterday). The chairperson of energy and head of infrustructure in Polokwane Municipality, Olga Mashakgomo said that the municipality has finalised the Solomondale problems and will be resolved soon PHOTO: ELIJAR MUSHIANA
POWER TO THE PEOPLE: : Angry Solomondale residents are accusing the Polokwane municipality of failing to fulfill its promise to deliver services like electricity to the area. Pic. ELIJAR MUSHIANA. 25/01/2010.; © Sowetan. 25 JANUARY 2010 MONDAY: DEMAND: Angry Solomondale residents outside Polokwane in Limpopo are accusing the Polokwane Municipality for failing to fulfill the promise about service delivery water, roads and electricity, and removal of the ward councellor during the protest march to the Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo on Monday (yesterday). The chairperson of energy and head of infrustructure in Polokwane Municipality, Olga Mashakgomo said that the municipality has finalised the Solomondale problems and will be resolved soon PHOTO: ELIJAR MUSHIANA

RESIDENTS of Sebayeng in Solomondale outside Polokwane have accused the local municipality of dragging its feet in delivering services.

They said the municipality had been promising to electrify their area since last year but to date nothing has happened.

The community yesterday embarked on a protest march to the Polokwane municipality to demand the immediate provision of services they have been promised for a long time.

They said each time they arranged meetings with municipal officials to find ways of addressing their problems the officials did not show up.

Among other problems cited were the shortage of water and lack of proper roads in the Mantheding and Sebayeng areas.

The villagers are also demanding sports grounds, a community hall and street lights in the area.

Frans Shobane, chairperson of Ward 32 in the Polokwane municipality, said they were also demanding the dismissal of a ward councillor who had allegedly failed to attend general meetings with the community.

"Our councillor has also been allocating RDP houses to unlawful beneficiaries," Shobane said.

The community has given the municipality seven working days to respond to their demands.

Polokwane local municipality spokesperson Simon Mokoatedi said yesterday that they would look into the demands and respond accordingly within seven working days.

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