Enkan­gala ‘re­lo­cates’ to Gaut­eng

Com­mu­nity ju­bi­lant af­ter years of ‘ne­glect’

Pretoria News - - METRO - RAPULA MOATSHE rapula.moatshe@inl.co.za

THE an­nounce­ment by Pre­mier David Makhura this week that the com­mu­nity of Enkan­gala, pre­vi­ously in Mpumalanga, was now of­fi­cially part of Gaut­eng, sig­ni­fied the be­gin­ning of a bet­ter life.

This was the sen­ti­ment by com­mu­nity leader Bushy Mok­wena, who said the peo­ple were happy about the prospects of im­mi­nent de­vel­op­ments to the semi-ru­ral area.

He said that for decades res­i­dents in the area had felt ne­glected by the Mpumalanga gov­ern­ment, which seem­ingly did not pri­ori­tise them when it al­lo­cated a ser­vice de­liv­ery bud­get.

“The com­mu­nity was not happy with be­ing un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Mpumalanga be­cause the near­est busi­ness hub for them is Pre­to­ria, while the ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mpumalanga is in Nel­spruit. The dis­tance be­tween us and Nel­spruit af­fected ser­vice de­liv­ery,” Mok­wena said.

The road to be­come part of Gaut­eng, he said, was not easy. Peo­ple had to em­bark on nu­mer­ous protests to demon­strate griev­ances re­gard­ing their stay in Mpumalanga.

Mok­wena said: “The ser­vice de­liv­ery was very poor and we be­lieve that ◆ ◆ ◆ Gaut­eng will be bet­ter.”

He added that the de­mands for re­lo­ca­tion started when Mb­haz­ima Shilowa was pre­mier of Gaut­eng.

On Tues­day, when Makhura fi­nally broke the news that a deal was of­fi­cially sealed with Mpumalanga to move the place to Gaut­eng, they erupted in ju­bi­la­tion.

“The peo­ple got a clear mes­sage that they were now part of Gaut­eng af­ter they were ad­dressed by Makhura. It took us decades to get here, but peo­ple are very happy,” Mok­wena said.

He said peo­ple were al­ready up­beat about the prospects of hav­ing a shop­ping mall built in the area.

“There had been peo­ple who wanted to come and de­velop our land since 2007, but they could not put up the de­vel­op­ment be­cause of the land trans­fer is­sue,” he said.

De­spite their vic­tory, Mok­wena said peo­ple were dis­grun­tled that Enkan­gala In­dus­trial could not im­me­di­ately be trans­ferred to Gaut­eng be­cause the Mpumalanga Eco­nomic Growth Agency was re­luc­tant to re­lease the en­tity.

How­ever, he said Makhura had promised to en­gage in talks with his Mpumalanga coun­ter­part Re­filwe Mtsweni.

An­other project in the pipe­line would be the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a mixed hous­ing de­vel­op­ment. The project would in­clude the build­ing of RDP houses and han­dover of ser­vice stands to those who could af­ford to build houses.

Makhura said Enkan­gala was orig­i­nally part of the KwaNde­bele home­land. It was trans­ferred to Mpumalanga af­ter 1994.

“Due to the com­plex­ity of the area, all as­sets were then trans­ferred from Mpumalanga, in­clud­ing the land. That process was fi­nally con­cluded in April 2018.”

He said Gaut­eng could not use any of the land un­til a trans­fer process was un­der­taken and fi­nalised.

In 2016, Makhura and the then Mpumalanga pre­mier David Mabuza con­cluded the trans­fer process by sign­ing cer­tifi­cates of reg­is­tra­tion for the as­set trans­fer.

“In 2017, the doc­u­ments were lodged through the of­fice of the State At­tor­ney at the deeds of­fice to en­sure that the names on the ti­tle deeds re­flected the Gaut­eng prov­ince,” Makhura said.

JACQUES NAUDE African News Agency (ANA)

COM­MU­NITY leader Bushy Mok­wena in a por­tion of land in Enkan­gala, which has been trans­ferred from Mpumalanga to Gaut­eng. |

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