Infrastructure delivery programme on track

Public Works Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko says government’s infrastructure delivery programme is on track.

The Minister on Thursday visited three projects done by the Limpopo Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure.

The Minister said the programme is on track to extend services to communities and create much needed jobs. 

“Though there were some delays in the delivery programme when the provincial government was placed under administration, we are satisfied that pockets of excellence are emerging and efforts are being made to heighten the pace of delivery,” said Minister Nhleko after visiting the Seshego Treatment Centre project.

The R16 million new substance abuse treatment facility to accommodate and treat 60 people was initiated by the Department of Social Development in response to the scourge of substance abuse currently gripping the province and the country.

“The facility alleviates the need for a substance abuse treatment centre because the province relied on other provinces since it didn’t have its own.”

The Minister also visited a new clinic and staff accommodation project construction site at Ga-Mothiba village, 26 kilometres outside Polokwane.

Project Manager at the site, Nomthandazo Sikhosana, said that the over R34 million project which commenced in January, has created 48 jobs for local youth. The project is targeted for completion in January 2018.

Minister Nhleko commended the provision of ramps for easy access for people with disabilities and environment friendly technologies for ablution facilities.

Pensioner Elizabeth Mabala said the clinic will bring health services closer to villagers. 

“This will be the third clinic in our area since the Makotopo and Nobody Mothiba clinics. The democratic government has reached the rural masses,” said the 69-year-old.

Meanwhile, 33-year old mother of one, Mmaphefo Motswi, said the 24 hours service that will be offered by the clinic will bring relief to villagers.

Minister Nhleko also visited the Ikageng Early Child Development Centre located in Moletjie.

Principal at the centre, Susan Matlou, said the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has empowered beneficiaries and opened up further training opportunities.

“In addition to the stipend we are receiving, the partnership with government has assisted us to acquire computer skills to use technological tools for the benefit of the learners at our centre,” she said.

The Minister was accompanied on the visits to the projects by Heads of Departments, Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers of entities, among others. - SAnews.gov.za