By Benson Ntlemo
Limpopo MEC for cooperative governance, housing and traditional affairs Jerry Ndou has encouraged giving to the poor and the less fortunate as a way of helping improve the lives of people/
Speaking at Maphophe during the launch of the 100 days of activism against children and women abuse, Ndou handed a house to an umeployed MS Bungeni who takes care of two elderly citizens, Mthavini Shalati Chauke, 70 and Tsatsawani Mabasa, 88.
It was a family of seven sharing two rondavels.
I the evet, Ndou was working with the First Lady Trust led by Limpopo First :ady Margaret Mathabatha.
“We appreciate the hand that gives for the development our society,” he said.
“This gift comes at the right time when we are face with the season of rain and thunderstorms. We are proud of the work that is being done by government and the First Lady Trust, in ensuring that our people are taken good care of. The season of giving is here, and let all of us join hands and improve on the quality of life for our people,” said Ndou.
He said one of the major programmes of a democratic dispensation has been to provide human settlements for our people.
“Government is talking about upgrading of the human settlements. And for this to be successful, we need an infrastructure that supports human settlements; like housing, water, sanitation, roads, parks, and etc. That is why co-operative governance is prudent for the people to emancipate themselves from poverty and inequality through collaborations between the Municipality and Traditional Leadership.
As we move on the great race of ensuring our people get better services, we have to talk about the issue of the servicing sites within the municipalities, especially those that are closer to the traditional leadership, or where the land belongs to the Senior Traditional leadership.”
What unites us as a community, is the love we have for our people. And the love we have for these people has to be translated into the deeds that will improve on the economy and sustainability of the municipality to deliver services to our people. Limpopo currently has a limited scope on the current urban set up. That is the reason why it is important that, the love we have for our people has to mean that Traditional leaders and Municipalities have to collaborate to urbanize and develop some rural areas.”