[04-05-2016] Following two successive meetings between residents, community leaders and government officials, there is an end in sight to the two-week long protest staged by residents of Boiketlong, a township in Sebokeng in the Emfuleni Local Municipality (Vaal, south of Jo’burg).
The community in the area has been protesting for housing, electricity and increased access to water. In an effort to resolve the impasse, the Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality, Mahole Simon Mofokeng intervened and called and held a meeting between the residents, their leaders and officials from Emfuleni, Sedibeng District Municipality and the Office of the Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements (CoGTA) on Thursday, 28th April, 2016, at the Emfuleni Mayor’s Parlor.
In that meeting, all stakeholders agreed that a Project Steering Committee (PSC) should be established. All parties also agreed that the PSC was a project structure necessary for facilitating the efficient running of the project. Residents then agreed to go back to Boiketlong to elect five representatives from the community to form part of the committee, together with officials from the two municipalities and Gauteng CoGTA.
Developer, Inkanyeli Developers also attended the meeting.
In a public meeting held on Sunday, 01st May 2016, at the entrance of Boiketlong, residents presented forward the five people they have elected to serve on the committee. The five community leaders are Malema Vilakazi, Doctor Xaba, Sipho Manganyi, Maleshwane Lefisa and Betty Plaatjie.
The Executive Mayor then announced in the meeting that Gauteng CoGTA MEC Paul Mashatile would arrive in Boiketlong on Thursday, the 05th of May 2016, to officially launch the Boiketlong Mega Project. The housing development is expected to be a turn-key project and that:
- 60 percent of the houses to be built in the area will be RDP houses given to qualifying beneficiaries for free,
- 30 percent will be FLISP (Government and banking institutions offer loans to applicants who also contribute an agreed portion in the agreement and,
- The remaining 10 percent will be CRUs (Community Rental Units).
Further details will be revealed by the MEC, together with members of the PSC. Emfuleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Mahole Simon Mofokeng hopes that these current developments in Boiketlong will end the prolonged protest by residents, leading to the opening of the arterial Waterdal Road, which has been closed for the duration of the protest and connects Sebokeng to the town of Vereeniging, among other industrial hubs in the region.
“Together with the MEC for Human Settlements and all other stakeholders, we have a difficult task of bringing a mega project in Boiketlong,” he said.
However, it must be noted that the Executive Mayor has always called and held consultative meetings with the residents of Boiketlong, even when he was not the bearer of good news and despite insults hurled at him by angry and frustrated residents; he has always done his best to facilitate the process of developing Boiketlong.
Gauteng CoGTA MEC Paul Mashatile is expected in Boiketlong on Thursday, the 05th of May 2016, to officially launch the Boiketlong Mega Project.
Emfuleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr. Mahole Mofokeng addresses residents of Boiketlong during a public meeting held in the area to make way for the visit of Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile
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