MEC Makamu welcomes DBSA programme for Vhembe

The initiative will absorb 100 graduates and help skill 50 SMMes

The Village Voice

LIMPOPO MEC for Cooperative Governance, Housing and Traditional Affairs Basikopo Makamu has hailed the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s multibillion “Partner a district” Programme set to be implemented in eight districts across the country. The Vhembe District Municipality has been chosen for this partnership.

Limpopo MEC Basikopo Makamu and DBSA’s Chuncheka Ben Mhlongo during after their meeting in Polokwane on Thursday.

DBSA’s head of Local Government Chuncheka Ben Mhlongo on Thursday met with Makamu to present the bank’s financial and non-financials support programme. Vhembe District Municipality mayor Dowelani Nenguda and mayors of local municipalities in Vhembe joined MEC Makamu in the event, According to Mhlongo, the DBSA team will work with the COGHSTA and the municipalities to come out with an Execution Plan informed by the diagnosis of the challenges in the area.

This Execution Plan will derive direct financial support towards infrastructure development. Broad Integrated Development support and institutional capacity building will be made available to the district in partnership with public and private stakeholders.

MEC Basikopo Makamu addressing the meeting between his department and DBSA on Thursday

This initiative will yield jobs and 100 unemployed graduates are expected to be absorbed. Fifty SMMES are also expected to receive digital skills training.

From left to right: Vhembe District Municipality Executive mayor Dowelani Nenguda, MEC Basikopo Makamu and DBSA’s head of local government Chuncheka Mhlongo

Makamu said he embraced the initiative. “We are proud for the district of Vhembe to be considered for the initiative. It is an important initiative that will change Vhembe and improve lives, “said Makamu.

MEC Makamu, third from left and DBSA’s Chuncheka Mhlongo with mayors in Vhembe during the meeting between Makamu and Mhlongo. All Pics supplied.

He urged mayors and managers to welcome the DBSA team when they come to their areas.

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