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In the Thaba Chweu Local Municipality (TCLM) Service Delivery and Budget Implementation Plan (SDBIP) for 2017-2018, Executive Mayor Cllr Selina Mashigo-Sekgobela said that TCLM is responding to the challenges set before them.
Challenges such as electricity, water, sanitation, roads, storm-water and housing backlogs are prioritised with the aim of reducing the backlogs.
According to the SDBIP, R 48 million will be allocated for road infrastructure, water supply projects in the northern areas and the upgrade of stadiums in Mashishing. Included in the development objectives is the refurbishment of 30.371 km of road network in Lydenburg/Mashishing Town, Sabie and Graskop by June 2022. Also the construction of 11.287 km of new road infrastructure and to patch 39540 m² of potholes in Lydenburg, Sabie and Graskop.
R13 million will be spent on electrification of households in Sabie (Nkanini) and other areas in Mashishing. This includes the installation of 17 000 split smart meters, the installation of 4500 energy saving bulbs, the electrification of 3534 households and to maintain 1400 streetlights.
The amount budgeted to spend on the water network infrastructure in Lydenburg, Sabie and Graskop is R51 million. Included in this budget is the refurbishment of the water pipeline networks, the provision of sustainable water supply in Matibidi, Moremela and Leroro. Also to provide basic water access to water in farm communities of TCLM and to obtain a water extraction licence for Blyde River Canyon by 2019.
Various other projects are also included in the SDBIP, and this amounts to R112 million that will be utilised to fund the capital projects. “TCLM is committed to improving service delivery, and subscribe to the notion that “success is realised when preparation and opportunity meet”. We are here to change the lives of our people and ensure effective performance and ultimately success in all corners of the municipality,” Executive Mayor Cllr Selina Mashigo-Sekgobela said.
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