Limpopo to complete abandoned RDP houses

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Giyani - Limpopo residents, whose RDP houses were never completed, have been urged to come forward and register their cases before the end of September.

Speaking in Govhu village outside Malamulele near Giyani on Tuesday, Limpopo MEC for Local Government and Housing, Soviet Lekganyane, said many housing projects had been abandoned by contractors.

"We want to start building and completing RDP houses in the province in April next and we don't want some villages to be left out. We are determined to change the life of poor people for better in our province by building them better homes," said Lekganyane.

He was joined by the mayor of the Thulamela Local Municipality, Thivhulawi Makumbane, and traditional leaders at an imbizo at the Govhu sportsground.

Lekganyane applauded local traditional leaders for mobilising rural communities to participate in imbizos, or public participation programmes.

He also urged municipal councillors to work hard to ensure government services reach everyone.

"We must make sure we accelerate water, sanitation and electricity delivery in our poor communities," he said.

Senior traditional leader in Govhu village, Evans Madosi, said he was grateful that his village was chosen as the venue for the imbizo.

"We are situated in rural communities where the provision of better services has been forgotten, but we are happy that the government has come here.

"We want better roads, water and some villages do not have electricity," said Madosi.

One Govhu villager, Rodgers Moyana, told the MEC that the village needs better roads because taxi and bus drivers refused to service the area.

"Bus and taxi operators are not willing to use our bad road. We struggle to get to work and our children travel more than 10km to and from school on foot. They could be raped or attacked by wild animals," said Moyana.