19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Mahikeng Local Municipality employees get the town clean

by: Yoliswa Tiro   date: 29 june 2018

Last week employees of Mahikeng Local Municipality exchanged their office attire for overalls during the “Thuma Mina” programme, which kicked off on Monday, 18 June 2018. 
 
The name “Thuma Mina” comes from the popular song by veteran Jazz musician Hugh Masikela, who President Cyril Ramaphosa quoted during his State of the Nation Address in Cape Town in February, indicating a call for service to the people.
 
"Now is the time to lend a hand. Now is the time for each of us to say ‘send me’. Now is the time for all of us to work together, in honour of Nelson Mandela, to build a new, better South Africa for all," said Ramaphosa at the time. 
 
The call became the order of the week as dedicated men and women of the municipality got their hands dirty to ensure they render services to the people of Mahikeng. 
 
The driving force behind the implementation and success of the programme was Executive Mayor, Betty Diakanyo, accompanied by Members of the Mayoral Council (MMCs). The municipality is determined to continue providing free basic water services in rural areas on behalf of Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality to make sure residents do not stay without water.
 
“The Mahikeng Local Municipality’s Thuma Mina programme is intended to increase the speed with which services are rendered to our people. It is an integrated service delivery model in which various municipal directorates work in an area providing services at the same time,” said Mayor Diakanyo, explaining the purpose of the programme.

The municipality has drawn up weekly schedules for areas they will be focusing on as the programme moves between various identified hotspots. The focus areas for last week was Riviera Park, Golf View, Libertas, CBD, Extension 38 and Imperial Reserve.
 
Illegal dumping sites such as the area behind the Protea Hotel and the one opposite Rowland Estate were cleared of refuse placed there. The patching of potholes was also done extensively on main roads of Riviera Park and Mahikeng CBD, while tree trimming and grass cutting was on-going in Libertas and Riviera Park. 

Furthermore, the electricity team was busy repairing old connections and replacing bulbs on street lights as well as high mast lights while water and sanitation unit worked on blocked sewer pipes and drains in focus areas.

“Through this programme, we hope to make an impact in the lives of our community by providing efficient services, and would want to start on a high note so that by the end of this programme, a remarkable difference is noticeable in our town. The municipality, however, cannot do it alone. We need the community to work hand in hand with us by helping to keep our empty stands clean and not dump refuse anywhere as the municipality provides skips which are regularly emptied. 

“We appeal to everyone to exercise patience as this programme will unfold in phases and we will eventually get to address all service delivery backlogs. In the coming week, the municipality will take services to Montshioa where Thuma Mina will be carried out by employees of the municipality with the support of the Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) workers,” said the Municipal Manager, Thabo Mokwena.