Poorly built R11 Million road project chases away investors in Thabazimbi

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

An R11 million road project meant to repair the road leading to the entrance to Northam on the R510 has collapsed, a DA oversight visit has found. Our consultations with residents revealed that the road is so bad that businesses in that area are being affected as many clients are reluctant to use the road. Businesses are facing closure due to the condition of the road. The collapse of this main road has taken place in the context of widespread infrastructure deterioration in the municipality. A lack of water infrastructure has led to many residents digging their own boreholes. The municipality has also requested residents to register their own boreholes with the municipality at a cost that ranges from R932 to R2800. The residents are now being fined should they use the water for household purposes. When they refuse to do that, their electricity gets cut and they have to travel over 60km to Thabizimbi to get water.

This is a clear indication that the municipality is transgressing various sets of legislations such as the Municipal Financial Management Act (MFMA) and Municipal Systems Act on a daily basis. The DA will be posing questions in the Legislature to Cooperative Governance MEC Clifford Motsepe regarding these issues and demanding his immediate intervention.

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