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Address by the Honourable Jeff Radebe, MP, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; at the Community Imbizo, Bantwane Sports Ground, Ntwane, Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, Sekhukhune District Municipality; Limpopo Province                                                      

13 OCTOBER 2017

 Thank you Programme Director, Cllr Aaron Machipa

Eminent MEC’s present here

Kgoshi Mohlamme II Mathebe and other traditional leaders present here

District Mayor, Cllr Stanley Ramaila

Ward Counsellor, Cllr Francinah Madisa

Councillors in attendance

Senior citizens and Residents of Sekhukhune

  Distinguished Guests

  Ladies and Gentlemen


      1.    INTRODUCTION

I am here visiting this region for the second time in less than two months. I was here on an unannounced visit on 25 August. I must say that I am enthralled by the warm welcome and the hospitality accorded to me by the people of Limpopo province during these two visits. Your positive spirit and sense of unity is highly inspirational. After all, this district is named after the heroic King Sekhukhune, who was the epitome of unity among the people.

During my last visit here, I had the privilege of meeting with both the traditional leadership and government leaders. We did site visits with a team that included the traditional authority in this village of Ntwane, Kgoshi Mathebe, the Acting Executive Mayor of Sekhukhune District Municipality, Councillor Mahlake, the Mayor of Elias Motsaledi Local Municipality, Councillor Julia Mathebe, and several other local leaders.

This visit was conducted under the auspices of the Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring (FSDM) programme of the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME).  The DPME is charged with the responsibility of assessing the quality of service delivery and get a sense of essential interventions where needed. We pay these visits without announcing so that we can evaluate the genuine state of facilities.

As the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, I am duty-bound to monitor and oversee the progress or lack of it in our communities across the nine provinces of South Africa. One of my core responsibilities is to play an oversight role in assessing service delivery across the different sectors of our society. We strive to ensure that basic facilities are accessible to the people and that services are rendered as speedily as it is humanly possible.

I have to ensure that the people receive basic services and that our endeavours are in line with the targets of the National Development Plan (NDP) as the overarching plan of the country. The objective of the engagements is to ensure that we collectively find solutions to pertinent challenges that confront our communities. This is another way in which government reinforces accountability and participatory democracy.

 The leaders of the community raised a number of concerns relating to a variety of issues ranging from land restitution, water shortage, health, education, unemployment, crime, and many other pertinent issues that must be addressed speedily. You would understand that much as it is my responsibility to play the oversight role from the perspective of planning, monitoring and evaluation, some of these responsibilities fall under the jurisdiction of other Ministries.

At times I am compelled to refer some of the concerns to relevant departments. I assigned officials to follow up on some of the issues that were raised by the local leaders. They paid follow up visits and compiled a report that forms the basis of my engagement today. I have also informed some of my cabinet colleagues about the issues that were raised. I am here today in this community Imbizo so that I can hear directly from the members of the public.

The izimbizo are also a vital tool to ensure that we collectively find solutions to central challenges that confront our communities. I am here with senior officials from my Department to ensure that they record and follow-up on each and every issue that is raised. While each area is unique, there are perennial challenges that confront us as the South African society. We have to join hands and fight the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.


I have received preliminary reports compiled by the officials from my Department who have been working tirelessly in close collaboration with the Office of the Premier as well as other local structures. They have brought to my attention wide-ranging issues raised by the residents and local leaders alike.

This area is economically depressed as job opportunities are found mainly in the industrial centres. This forms part of the challenges that we are facing as the nation, as the issue of economic development and job creation remain a priority for us as a nation. We need to transform our economy radically in order to improve the living conditions of our people.   One of the most vital elements towards transformation is the acquisition of land.

It is disheartening to learn that even those who manage to make land claims successfully, instead of retaining the land they opt for monetary reward. Kgoshi Mohlamme shared his concerns with me about the issue of community members who prefer to be compensated by money instead of taking back their land. This is a complete reversal of the transformed society that we espouse as a nation

To date, over 90% of claims are settled through financial compensation something that perpetuates dispossession. We are accelerating our land reform programme to erase the footprints of colonial rule and apartheid that are deeply entrenched in the contours of our society. We encourage land claimants to accept land instead of financial compensation.

 Other pressing issues included:

  • The shortage of water reticulation in the area envisaged by the community of Ntwane village whereas there’s  Loskop Dam which is 11Km away from their area however, it only supplies water to the nearby areas with the exclusion of Ntwane village.
  •  The chief also raised the issue of Crime in the village, and requested a Police Station to be built around this area as it is currently operating with only one Police Station and the village is very big.
  •  Philadelphia Hospital has only two feeder Clinics which are Marapong and Ntwane Clinics, their primary focus is to provide Primary Health Care however, people still prefer to go to the hospital due to the believe that they will get quality and proper service there. Primary Health Care facilities be extended to other neighbouring clinics such as Moteti and Mpheleng to reduce the influx at the hospital.
  •  The Executive Mayor highlighted the challenges they experience with regards to monitoring and evaluation of services within the municipality. On the issue of lack of water reticulation in the Municipality due to limited funds, she mentioned that the problem affects the operations of Schools around and the Hospital negatively in the area.
  •  The slow response of the police when called by the citizens to crime scenes was also raised as a matter of serious concern. The unfortunate thing is that the Community Policing forum is no longer active due to problems related to compensations and lack of resources. I instructed the area commissioner and station commander to see to   it that this important structure of our community is re-established. I will be getting progress report in this regard soon.


I want to challenge you as the members of this community not to wait for help to come from outside. As citizens, you must be actively involved in improving your living conditions through active involvement in structures such as the CPF. 

The success of the NDP and other government interventions is dependent largely on active citizenry and direct involvement of people from all sectors of society. Active citizenry is key to effective and efficient service delivery.

 We recently launched the NDP Youth Brand Ambassador programme as an intervention aimed at promoting youth entrepreneurship to boost economic growth, increase employment, and reduce poverty and inequality. We envisioned the programme as a significant contributor towards the attainment of the national imperatives of creating an inclusive and more dynamic economic landscape.

I am proud to say some of the ambassadors featured in this programme are descendants of Limpopo province. Ndivhuwo Prudence Mudau founded an NGO called Phenomenal Women South Africa. The NGO aims to advocate the rights of women and address challenges faced by young girls in particular. Ndivhuwo will be donating 400 sanitary towels.

We also have Promise Machimane, an award winning business person and motivational speaker. She is the founder and managing director of MIA Sanitary towel. She started MIA as a sanitary towel manufacturing company in 2012, and the company currently boasts of total of 8 products in its line. The company has created 87 jobs directly and indirectly. 

As we all know, sanitary towels are a necessity in the lives of women. They must be able to take care of themselves when that time of the month comes. Menstruation is a natural phenomenon and women should not feel ashamed when it happens. Lack of funds should not mean they can’t have access to sanitary towels. This is another way in which we restore dignity especially to young girls who cannot afford to buy sanitary towels.

As government, our doors are always open for engagement with the populace. Instruments such as the Presidential Hotline are established with the objective of assisting members of the public to raise their concerns regarding services rendered by government departments and associated agencies.

I am proud to say that one of the complaints that was raised by a citizen of this area has been addressed. Mr Walter Mutshabi, a visually impaired young adult who logged a query with the presidential Hotline. Following assiduous engagements with government officials from the various structures of Limpopo province, Mr Mutshabi’s matter was resolved, and now he is a proud owner of a decent home provided by the provincial government.

This is one of many cases that have been resolved through the Presidential Hotline. This also shows that our interventions are quite pragmatic, and are aimed at restoring human dignity and creating better living conditions for all our citizens. We must continue to foster cooperation between the three spheres of government so that we have many success stories like this one.

What I find disheartening is to learn that many learners in this area are not committed to their work, and that they capitalize on the QP (Qualified Progression) Programme. The programme only gives an opportunity to a learner to move to the next grade, if the learner has repeated the same grade for two years.

As many learners will be writing their final exams in the next few weeks, I want to urge their commitment towards their studies and for the support of their families and friends. It is through education that we can change our lives for the better.

Education underpins development in all sectors of society and is the key to success. Education and skills enhancement are paramount in any society seeking meaningful growth and development. Let us derive inspiration from the wise words of the late President Nelson Mandela, who once said:

“It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine,that the child of farm workers can become the president of the nation.”

The performance of learners tends to improve when parents are actively involved and take interest in their children’s education. All stakeholders should support the common goal of achieving good educational outcomes that are responsive to community needs and economic development.


I believe that you cannot resolve anything without the involvement of the people who are directly affected by the situation. That is why izimbizo are an essential tool to bridge the gap between government and members of the public.

At this stage I want to hand over to you, members of the public, so that you can share your views and voice your concerns. My visit today is about us as leaders listening to you so that we can collectively find ways of resolving our challenges in this municipality.

When we leave this room today, we must do so with a clear mandate to go out there and find answers to your questions and concerns. As I said, I have started engaging my cabinet colleagues on some of the matters that were raised by the local leaders. We now provide an opportunity to you as members of the community to voice your concerns.

Ke a leboga! Thank you! 

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