Residents of Magogoe village in Mahikeng in the North West have expressed happiness after government assured them that they will be included in the second phase of multimillion Rand renovations of Lotlamoreng Dam.
The residents on Wednesday held a meeting with Mahikeng Local Municipality Mayor, Betty Diakanyo, and Ngaka Modiri Molema Disctrict Mayor, Justice Makolomakwa, to resolve the standoff.
Community leader, Olebogeng Ramakwati, said the R25-million phase one of the renovations is almost complete.
“Almost 60% of phase one of the project is already done, meaning that phase one is almost complete. So in phase two we expect that starting from the main contractor it will be allocated to someone from Mahikeng, someone from Magogoe. As for the 20% of the phase we expect it to be shared according to the sub-contractors that are here. We want full participation from phase two going forward,” he said.
Makolomakwa said residents need more training to understand business policies.
“Our residents need more training especially about business procurement and supply chain processes, including their policies. But we would also like to call on contractors to really include local businesses in the 20% of the project".
The community will next week hold a follow-up meeting with Mahikeng mayor and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.