Capricorn District Municipality joined the President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Honourable Jacob Zuma to officially open the N1 Botlokwa Bridge in Molemole Municipality. The opening of this remarkable architectural structure of its kind built within a rural community was blessed by the presence of the St. Engenas ZCC Brass Band. Speaking during the event President Zuma said “This is a multimillion rand project worth of investment, i appeal to the community to protect and safeguard this vital infrastructure as it belongs to you. I urge you to work with SAPS, SANRAL and other authorities to report any act of criminality or any act of vandalism to this project” the President said. We have opened this road and bridge during the month of October which is transport month. This community will enjoy greater mobility as a result of this project”.
The officiation the multimillion project under Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi was witnessed by Kgoshi Machaka and his Traditional Council, Premier of Limpopo Chupu Mathabatha, Members of his Executive Committee, Speaker of Parliament Polly Boshielo and MPLs, Executive Mayor of Capricorn District Municipality Cllr John Mpe, Members of his Mayoral Committee and Council, Mayor of Molemole Local Municipality Cllr Edward Paya, his Executive Committee and Council, Executive Mayors and Mayors from other District and Local municipalities, Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale and his Council, all councillors, officials and members of the community.
The Executive Mayor, Cllr John Mpe acknowledged and thanked President Jacob Zuma for honouring this invitation and for the empowering speech.”Indeed, infrastructure is vital for the achievement of economic growth and social development objectives of our nation, effective infrastructure delivery has got strong association with the availability of investment and economic growth”, the Executive Mayor said.
Roads infrastructure development in particular, is not a socially neutral activity: what we plan, how we plan, where we plan, and how we implement those plans will by all means – have far-reaching effects on local communities that we cannot ignore. This we all know is because infrastructure development is in itself very necessary for growth and development of communities in that inadequate infrastructure poses a major barrier to socio-economic growth and poverty reduction.