Miga community will not disrupt elections

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mafikeng - Residents of the Miga village near Ramatlabama border post outside Mafikeng say they will no longer disrupt voting stations on Wednesday.

The residents had said they would blockade the road and railway line between South Africa and Botswana over concerns about service delivery, particular electrification.

A meeting was held, facilitated by officials of the Department of Developmental Local Government and Housing, to find an amicable solution to the impasse between the community, Eskom and Mafikeng Local Municipality and community representatives.

"The residents committed to suspending disruptive action in the light of assurances that the electrification project targeted for 168 households in the village commences in the next week," said the department.

Leader of the concerned group, Oupakie Legwase, said: "We will brief the community on the outcomes of the progressive meeting and assist in creating a conducive atmosphere for free and fair and ensure that no form of intimidation takes place."

A community meeting to outline the scope of the project, identify a site for the contractor and elect a Community Liaison Officer for the project is scheduled for Friday at 10am.

An amount of R1.6 million is budgeted for the extension of electrical connections in the village as part of Eskom's electrification project for the 2009/10 financial year.