OFFICE OF THE PREMEIR BRINGS SETSOKOTSANE TO GANYESA
Premier Supra Mahumapelo of Bokone Bophirima Province launched the Setsokotsane Programme and also performed the “Sword Turning ceremony” for the construction of the new office building of Barolong boo Tlou le Tau Tribal Authority on the 12th November 2014 in Ganyesa. Valued at about R15 million, the construction of this tribal administration building is expected to be completed by the end of next year 2015.
Premier Mahumapelo was joined by his cabinet, the Mayor of Kagisano-Molopo Local Municipality Hon Kesenkamang Kekesi, Council and the traditional leadership. The dignitaries performed the sword turning ceremony as part of the service delivery oriented Setsokotsane Programme, which the Premier introduced to Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District.
Addressing about 4000 communities, amongst them were the Community Development Workers (CDW) and Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers, at Ganyesa Sports Ground, Premier Mahumapelo emphasised the need for communities to work together with government and the traditional leadership in improving their lives, saying the success of this action driven Setsokotsane Programme is reliant also on their support. “As we are in a mission to rebrand, reposition and renew our Province, we believe that the implementation of Setsokotsane Programme will enable us to achieve this goal, hence our call for everybody to travel this journey with us”, said Premier Mahumapelo.
Kgosi Thuso Letlhogile who expressed the traditional leadership and communities’ excitement about the intentions of Setsokotsane, said this programme’s emphasis and focus on alignment of the Provincial Departments’ Annual Performance Plans and the Municipalities’ Integrated Development Plans will go a long way in addressing the needs of the communities in the next five years, especially those in far flung rural areas of the Province.
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District is the second District in the Province to be reached through Setsokotsane programme, which as Premier Mahumapelo maintains, will reach every ward and village in the Province over the next five years. This programme’s objective is to bridge service delivery gaps, this in an effort to improve the lives of people in the Bokone Bophirima Province in line with the National Development Plan. The Premier promised the community of Ganyesa that they will extend the contracts of EPWP and CWP projects, and they will also take them for proper training.
The Premier spoke in harsh words as he mentioned that they will not tolerate lax behaviour in the officials of Government and will ensure that they step down and be replaced with those who can work. He also emphasised that youth should start to learn more and start their own businesses to sustain their lives and create jobs for the community.
During an interview the Premier said that the intention of the Setsokotsane Team is to respond immediately to the challenges that are faced by the community. He also made an example of Izimbizo that they repeat the same approach of the past 20 years. However with the Setsokotsane approach they send an advanced team to listen to the challenges around the areas of the North West Province for them to be able to only come with the solutions to issues such as Water, Electricity, Roads and other challenges which government is responsible for. “Government has already given the Tractors and Cattles to the Farmers” said the Premier.
“I encourage youth to start and become entrepreneurs because Government will introduce a revolutionary programme called (Y.E.S) Youth Entrepreneurship Services that will help and force youth to become entrepreneurs and employers. We will capture every young person according to wards in their database and also look at their skills and the capacity of every youth individually” said the Premier.
The youth will therefore be interviewed on their dreams and aspirations so that they can get help with training, resource allocations and mentoring from the government until they become business independent people. Government has engaged with NYDA, BANKS, CELLC, MTN, VODACOM and VIRGIN MOBILE to assist young entrepreneurs with funds.
Setsokotsane will continue until 2019 and will be held quarterly. Government will capture every home in their database and every Taxi rank. Villages will have a Government Contact Centre where people will a platform to raise their issues. They are also going to establish 19 Enterprise Development Centres to help and capture all the entrepreneurs around North West Province, such as Salon and Stalls to ensure they get assistance to sustain their businesses.
The Premier experienced that young people are rushing to sign up for RDP houses that cost R200 000 to R300 000. He proposed to government to come up with alternative methods by using the same amount of money to develop the youth in business rather than giving them RDP houses without any other solutions. The Premier also proposed that RDP houses should only be given to vulnerable people, old aged and disabled people but all those who can work and use their hands will be turned into entrepreneurs.