The Executive Mayor Cllr Mamedupi Teffo closed the two days Organisational Strategic Lekgotla held on 16-17 April 2024 at The Ranch Hotel outside Polokwane. The Executive Mayor emphasized on implementation of projects on time within the allocated budget and the need to source alternative funding for municipal infrastructures.

The municipalities shared strategies and projects for 2024/2025 financial year and presented plans on how they were going to augment the capacity of municipalities to deal with service delivery challenges.

The two-day session was packed with presentations from various municipal key stakeholders including Statistics South Africa (StatsSA)  the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the CDM Audit Committee, Corporative Governance, Human Settlement and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Auditor General South Africa (AGSA), Road Agency Limpopo (RAL) and all the municipalities in CDM ( Blouberg, Lepelle-Nkumpi, Polokwane and Molemole).

Based on the current population issued by STATSSA, the total population for the district is seating at 1 447 103 divided into four local municipalities. More than half of the population of CDM resides in the Polokwane Local Municipality (58%), followed by Lepelle-Nkumpi (20%), Blouberg (13%), and the least being Molemole Local Municipality (9%). This is the current information that was presented by Stats SA.

DWS presented projects that they will be implementing in the new financial year. These are bulk water projects in the area of Ga-Mphahlele, and also the Ebenezer bulk pipe maintenance. They are also assisting CDM to improve the Blue/Green Drop report.

CoGHSTA highlighted that they will be assisting in terms of strengthening the relationship with traditional leaders, assisting municipalities to finalise the valuation assessments, and improving their audit opinion.

The Chairperson of the Audit Committee congratulated municipalities such as Lepelle-Nkumpi and Molemole for improving their Audit opinions and also Polokwane and Blouberg for being able to complete their allocated budget. He emphasized that there should be one strategy that should guide the municipalities in Capricorn to all move to Unqualified Audit Opinions.

All municipalities made presentations on their 2024/2025 strategies, projects, and budgets. All these will be tabled during their ordinary council meetings that will be adopting the IDP/Budget for 2024/2025. Most municipalities will be adopting their IDPs by next week and the beginning of May.

The two-day session was chaired by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) responsible for Development Planning and Environmental Management Services (DPEMS) and Chief Whip of the Council, Dr. Cllr Chuene Malebana respectively.

The political parties in the council namely ABC, DOP and ANC also gave messages of support emphasizing peace and tolerance towards the national and provincial general elections.

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