SA urged to register to vote

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ga-Seleka - Acting Communications Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has urged eligible citizens not to miss the second and final voter registration drive for the upcoming Municipal Elections.

“… This is an opportunity for you as voters to have a say in how local government is run. We are urging all those eligible voters, who have not yet registered, to go out in their numbers this coming weekend to visit their voting stations to register,” Minister Zwane said.

He was addressing residents of Ga-Seleka, outside Lephalale in Limpopo, where he launched the 4th National Imbizo Focus Week on Monday.  

The second and final registration weekend for the 2016 Municipal Elections is on 9 and 10 April 2016. Voting stations will be open nationwide for registration from 8am to 5pm both days.

Earlier in the day, Minister Zwane launched the electrification project in Ga-Seleka extension, which benefits 732 households.  He also officially opened the 1.2km tar road with a paved sidewalk to serve both the Ga-Seleka Tribal Council and the local clinic. The upgraded road created job opportunities for 33 locals.

The Minister also checked on progress at the building site of three houses that are being built for three poor households. Minister Zwane used the platform to encourage community members to start vegetable gardens.

“If you start your vegetable gardens, government will approach the local mining companies to come and buy from you,” he said.  

Lephalale Mayor Jack Maeko said: “When we came to the area last year, we identified a few poor households and made a commitment to build them houses within six months. Four months after our visit, I am excited that the construction of three houses is near completion --a clear indication that as a municipality, we care about our people.

“We are doing very well in terms of improving the lives of our people in Lephalale.”

The acting Premier and MEC for Public Works, Jerry Ndou, said: “As the province, we are committed to roll out RDP houses to our people who are less fortunate… Together with the private sector, we are taking service delivery to another level in this area.”

One of the beneficiaries of the houses, Martha Buna, 41, used to live in a two-roomed mud house with four family members. Buna on Monday said: “I have no words to thank government for building us this decent house. I’m so happy that this house will bring back our dignity in this community.”

The Imbizo Week is a forum for government to interact with the people. It enables Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Premiers and Members of Executive Councils to interact closely with communities in different parts of the country.

It is an opportunity for government to communicate its Programme of Action (PoA) and give an update on the progress made.

The 4th National Imbizo Focus Week is being held under the theme ‘Together we move South Africa Forward’. It will conclude on 10 April and coincides with the Parliamentary Constituency Week and the commemoration of Freedom Month. -