Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The Limpopo provincial budget vote tabling of the MEC of Agriculture, Mme Joy Matshoge, prompted the DA to conduct an over sight visit to the multi- billion rand Presidential Pilot project in Muyexe village, outside Giyani.
The provincial DA research team led by party leader Jacques Smalle, spent nearly a full day in Muyexe to establish whether the MEC’s claims were true.
The MEC, boasted that their comprehensive rural development programme would meet the basic needs of people as well as push land reform and flourish rural enterprise. This means that the department of agriculture would ensure that local markets and economic infrastructure would be supported. However, evidence on the ground proved otherwise.
The Poultry project is where the DA found that only two women worked on the project instead of six as promised. Water infrastructure stands empty while some installations of water pipes only done recently to impress the NCOP visit. Access to water seemed to be a crisis as there stands only one incomplete borehole.
The Women’s community bead-work project has never received any funding except a private donor that they sought assistance from. They claim that government officials always come and promise to assist but they just come and go.
Most of the fences which were setup for security and grazing purposes were tree stumps with rusted barbed wire.
The Provincial government’s report to the portfolio committee, bragged about the establishment of a satellite police station with three policemen on duty day and night. Yet, the DA only found two on duty who were forced to work without any running water, hence the often shut down of the station inside an RDP house
The 300 backyard vegetable garden projects are but a distant dream due to dry communal taps. Again government has done almost nothing to sustain the green project. Women working on this one also claim to use their own share to fund the green garden.