Kolong– Five families in Taung Local Municipality are now going to relocate to their new homes at the end of July this year.This, after the Premier of the North West, Supra Mahumapelo performed a sod turning ceremony for the immediate construction of five houses in Kolong village.
The families agreed to relocate to make way for the construction of the long-awaited R81 million bridge project in Kolong village.
One of the beneficiaries of the houses, Agnes Mokgosi said they were excited about the building of the new houses.
“I am pleased that the houses are finally going to be built for us by government. I wanted to be sure that government will build a house for me, and now I can see with my own eyes that the work has begun,” she said.
Another beneficiary, Kedibone Kgopodimetsi thanked the Premier for ensuring that the houses are going to be built and be completed as soon as possible.
“We thank our Premier for the excellent leadership that he is providing in my community especially in ensuring that the whole process of relocating us is handled properly.
“This is the type of leadership we expect especially if we do not understand some decisions from our government,” she said.
Premier Mahumapelo intervened after receiving many complains from Motsweding FM listeners in Taung during his interviews about the bridge project.
The Premier found that the project had stopped due to the families’ challenges to relocate from the area where the bridge was supposed to be built.
He explained that they have reached an agreement with residents to be relocated so that the bridge can be completed.
“I had a meeting with the families and other relevant stakeholders and resolved the challenges they have raised regarding the relocation. We agreed that the houses will be built and they will relocate as soon as they are completed,” he said.
The Premier also reassured the families that his administration will always be on the ground to resolve any challenges faced by the community.
Public Works MEC Madoda Sambatha confirmed that the housing project for three beneficiaries will be completed in July.
“We want to complete this project as soon as we can. We have identified the site and the work is beginning today,” he said.
Baga-Phuduhucwana Tribal Authority paramount chief, Aobakwe Mankuroane expressed his satisfaction on the developments regarding the bridge.
“I am happy about the progress on the bridge issue because our people have died trying to cross here, especially our children who are supposed to go to school,” he said.