The residents of Lebaleng informal settlement
near Wolmaranstad are heaving a sigh of relief after receiving food parcels and
blankets from the authorities to help them cope with the impact
of torrential rains that have been pouring in the area for the past two
Most of the residents who stays in rusty shacks attributed their poor living conditions to lack of identity documents and unemployment.
Josphine Xaba, a mother of nine children and six grandchildren who had been living in the informal settlement for the past five years said life is unbearable without a job. Xaba said they depended on child support grant which was paid to her children for three months and it was terminated. Since then xaba said she had to look for odd jobs to feed her 16 families members who crammed in one roomed shack. Most of her children and including grandchildren have no ID documents to access government services.“This grocery hamper came at a crucial time to help me feed my family during this difficult period.
Most of her children and including grandchildren have no ID documents to access government services.“This grocery hamper came at a crucial time to help me feed my family during this difficult period. We thank the MEC from government to brave the rain to bring us this large quantity of food. We are unable to go out and look for piece jobs because of the rain. Water flowing continuously in yards. We fear for my grandchildren,” Xaba said.
On Wednesday, Social Development MEC Boitumelo Moiloa took her knock and drop food distribution drive Lebaleng informal settlement in Maquassi Hills. Moiloa was accompanied by social workers who have been conducting home circumstance of reports on 10 households which were affected by torrential rains.“We have activated our interventions in areas hit by torrential rains. Through our social relief of distress programme, we are on the right stead to provide food and basic necessities to needy families,” Moiloa said, adding that social workers will always be on the ground to provide services to needy families.
As she distributed food relief, Moiloa urged residents to stay at home, wash hands, keeping social distancing guidelines and wear face masks anytime when they are out in public in the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus.
Since January, Moiloa has been distributing social relief of distress in the form of food parcels and blankets to families who were left devastated by heavy rains in Bojanala, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati and Dr Kenneth Kaunda districts.
Ditsobotla municipality mayor' squabbles
Mayor of Ditsobatla local Municipality Cllr Daniel Buthelezi is steadfast in his position of leadership even after his counterparts within the municipality have tendered their resignation. The speaker and Chief Whip of the municipality paved the way for the mayor by tendering their resignation as requested by Interim Provincial committee (IPC) of the ANC only for Cllr Buthelezi to take the matter to North West High Court.
However The Ditsobotla local municipality noted with dismay a ruling with an order of the North West High Court, Mafikeng, that Cllr Tebogo Daniel Buthelezi be re-instated as Mayor of Ditsobotla local municipality effective, immediately from 31 December 2020.
The judgement of the High Court on the matter was brought before Council for noting, during a Special Council sitting held on 07 January 2021 and it was confirmed that he will continue with his tenure not the deployed Cllr Tsholofelo Moreo. This was also confirmed by the municipality communications manager Pius Batsile. Batsile declared that he cannot make public statement with regard to the issue as there might be new developments due another motion raised of which there is a possibility for the council to meet on Friday the 15th January 2021.The community of Ditsobotla experienced the turmoil within the ANC leadership as they were led by two African National Congress (ANC) mayors in one month. According to IPC spokesperson Kenny Morolong the instability within the leadership of the municipality is said to be the reason why IPC took such measures. Our aim is to “bring stability within Ditsobotla” noted. The troubled municipality which is under section 139 administration removed the previous appointed administrator
“due to lack of cooperation and infighting within the municipality leadership” said Morolong. ‘Our concern is about our ability as the ANC” and the confidence we want our community to have on us, he continued.
With regard to the claims of Factions’ battle and interest within the ruling party, Morolong explained that the municipality was already under turmoil with ongoing protests and lack of service delivery even before the current municipality mayor was sworn in.
There have been issues of “ maladministration, corruption and violent service delivery protest” before the IPC came, explained Morolong.
Speaking on behalf of the IPC Morolong declared no confidence in the current ANC leadership of Ditsobotla which is the reason they mandated their deployee to adhere to the decisions of the ruling party. Ditsobotla is one of the five municipalities of which their Speaker, Chief Whip and Mayor were ousted. Other municipalities includes Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district, Mahikeng, Maquassi Hills and Matlosana local municipalities.During the time of print we could not get hold of The Mayor of Ditsobotla Clr Daniel Buthelezi even after numerous efforts.