Min­tirho Ya Vulavula

Mmileng - - Contents -

Mmileng was in the Sekhukhune Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­cently ahead of yet an­other open­ing for com­pleted road pro­ject by Roads Agency Limpopo. The road will link the vil­lages of GaMalekane, Ga-Mam­puru, Ga-Phasha, Tukak­gomo and Ga-Mahlak­wena. Res­i­dents of these ben­e­fit­ing vil­lages had a few words of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for RAL. Story on page 32.

“Since this road was up­graded from gravel to tar, we have seen our busi­ness grow. We now have more cus­tomers than be­fore, thanks to the es­tab­lish­ment of a taxi rank nearby. We are even think­ing of con­vert­ing this shop to a sit-in Tshisa Nyama.”

Kgao­gelo Eve­lyn Mathi, Small Busi­ness Co-owner – Nyake­lang Spaza Shop, from Ga-Mam­puru “I iden­ti­fied the op­por­tu­nity for a car wash along­side the main road (D1392), and launched my busi­ness on 3 Fe­bru­ary 2016. By then the up­grades to tar had al­ready started but had not yet reached my vil­lage. Since the road was com­pletely tarred, I’m get­ting more cus­tomers than be­fore and I am mak­ing a liv­ing.”

Katlego Mokobane, Small Busi­ness Owner – The Sharks Car Wash, from Ga-Phasha “As a lo­cal work­ing on the pro­ject, I was trained on the busi­ness en­ter­prise side of things and learned a lot of skills like com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. I was able to help the con­trac­tor get labour­ers eq­ui­tably across the af­fected vil­lages ev­ery time there was a re­cruit­ment drive.”

Sa­muel Kgaria, Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer (CLO) – Road D1392 Up­grad­ing Pro­ject, from Tukak­gomo “I have lived in this com­mu­nity since 1977. Be­sides see­ing de­vel­op­ments over the years and ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits of this road, we par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ate the do­na­tion of trees to lo­cal schools. The shades of these trees will pro­vide kids with places to rest un­der when sun tem­per­a­tures gets high.”

School

Patrick Kgopane, Govern­ing Body (SGB) Chair­per­son – Kgob­oko Pri­mary School, from Ga-Phasha “When we started run­ning this busi­ness we were selling only chips (deep-fried po­ta­toes). The road was not tarred and the dust was prob­lem­atic for busi­nesses by the side of this road. I am happy with how this road has turned out. I am now selling more items in the shop, and I’m ap­pre­cia­tive of the changes com­ing to Ga-Mam­puru be­cause of this beau­ti­ful tar road.”

Richard Tshehla, Small Busi­ness Co-owner – Nyake­lang Spaza Shop, from Ga-Mam­puru

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