The new mayor of Makhado Municipality, Cllr Shonisani Mildred Sinyosi.
Makhado’s newly elected mayor, Shonisani Mildred Sinyosi, has identified proper dialogue with all stakeholders as one of her priorities during her first 100 days in office. “It is important for the mayor to meet with members of the communities, as we want them to make input and we are not only going to meet with those who agree with us, but also with the opposition,” she said.
In an interview on Tuesday, she said that she wanted to lay out her plans of what she intended doing, instead of waiting for 100 days and then telling people what she had tried to do.
“We shall continue to strive for Makhado Municipality to become a preferred investment destination. We shall interact with local business organisations, traditional leaders and other social partners to develop and implement a comprehensive local economic development plan, as outlined in our IDP,” she said.
She urged the residents of Makhado to work with the municipality to develop the community. “Our communities still face disturbing levels of socio-economic inequalities. Our duty is to create a conducive environment, so that people can have increased access to better quality services and decent jobs. We also plan on strengthening community participation, so that we can build effective, accountable and clean local government. All these challenges need our collective efforts to resolve. I have no doubt that, with this dedicated team of councillors, officials and our stakeholders, we will be able to bring a better life to all our people,” she said.
Some of the projects highlighted by the mayor are the building of houses at Tshituni and the construction of roads at Chavani and Tshivhadzwaulu. She also intends focusing on the functionality of the council’s electrification programme, the provision of water and the construction of roads.
She added that it was the obligation of councillors and officials to serve their communities, irrespective of their political affiliation. “It is a fact that the communities we claim to represent and come from are our employers and have to be treated with respect and dignity,” she said. Sinyosi further said that one of her tasks would be to ensure that there was unity, saying that racism and tribalistic practices stank and needed to be curbed. “We must put aside our differences and become united in order for our communities to obtain the maximum benefits of democracy. This epidemic has proved to be more disastrous, more than any war ever fought on this planet,” she said.
When asked about her plans with regard to allegations of fraud, corruption and mismanagement of money, she said investigations would be launched and if anyone was to be found guilty, such persons would have to face the penalties, irrespective of their political affiliation or the position held.
Date:28 August 2016 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.