The Steve Tshwete municipality is working overtime to change the perception and the notion in the minds of residents within the community of kwaZamokuhle in Hendrina, a perception that states that Hendrina is treated like a step child of the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality Mayor Bagudi Tolo this past Wednesday officially opened a mayoral office in Hendrina, this space will see the mayor and his team working from the office on several occasions across the month.
Amongst the numerous reasons for setting up the mayor’s office in Hendrina the fundamental ones are to ensure an informed and hands on approach by the mayor within the Hendrina community whilst also to dealing with service delivery challenges directly. The STLM Mayor stated that “As we endeavour to make the lives of people of Hendrina better by addressing the service delivery backlog, we are inviting the people of KwaZamokuhle to help us resolve their challenges. That is the reason why we have decided to set up a mayoral office here”. The mayor pledged a continued support structure from his office advising that “the office will be staffed daily to allow the community to be able to table their views directly with my office and specifically with me”.
The opening of the office was the last stop in a day that witnessed the bulk of the executive mayor’s programs resonate around the Hendrina community. The program involved the official opening and handing over of other projects undertaken in the 2017/2018 financial year. The mayor and his entourage that included members of mayoral committee, councillors and heads of departments, flocked at extension 2 to unveil a 1.2-kilometer-long street (Mahlase) constructed at a value of R11.2 million. They then proceeded to extension 2 and 4 to unveil 7th street (240m) and 8th crescent (680m) which was constructed at a cost of R6 million. The end of the two road opening sessions took the mayor to an event that witnessed him cutting another ribbon following the installation of an electricity transformer that ensured power transmission to 100 houses in extension 8.
The Steve Tshwete municipality has been active in Hendrina, this evident also in other completed projects the mayor announced including the upgrading of waste transfer station and water networks at a cost of R171 000.00 and R1, 4 million respectively. “Indeed, a better for all is certain but it comes gradually,” the Mayor told KwaZamokuhle residents.
The mayor also pleaded with the community to refrain from destroying public property when there are community protests. “I want to ask you to stop the tendency of burning these public amenities if you are angry with government. If there are disagreements amongst us, let’s learn to sit down, listen to each other and talk. Destroying properties does not bring solutions,” he said.