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MEC Makamu cracks the whip On underperforming Thabazimbi Local Municipality

Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu visited Thabazimbi Local Municipality where he met with Councillors in the Municipality on 29 April 2024. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and chart a way forward for challenges that the Mayor, Cllr. Tokkie Swanepoel and Councillors of different political affiliations are facing individually that hamper service delivery in the distressed Local Municipality.

CoGHSTA TODAY 05 of 2025

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MEC Makamu meets Mopani Local House of Traditional Leaders

Limpopo Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu met the Mopani Local House of Traditional Leaders and members from other stakeholders at the Mopani District Disaster Centre.The bone of contention was to discuss amongst others the challenges that the House is experiencing regarding the Constitution and Reconstitution of Traditional Councils in the District.

CoGHSTA TODAY 03 of 2025

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Learners overwhelmed by receiving school uniform's

Learners from Tirhani Primary School outside Giyani were delighted when the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) visited their school to donate school uniform's, schoolbags and other essentials on Friday, 26 April 2024. The MEC was accompanied by Hosi Nkuri, the CEO of Social Impact Consulting, Ms Jamela Maswanganyi (the Donor), representatives from the Municipalities and other Stakeholders.

CoGHSTA TODAY 04 of 2025

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MEC Makamu hands over 327 title deeds to beneficiaries in Dendron.

MEC for Limpopo Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA),Mr Basikopo Makamu with Molemole Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Edward Paya conducted a door-to door handover of title deeds to the rightful beneficiaries in Dendron Extension 4., Molemole Municipality.

This forms part of the MEC's commitment to speedily give beneficiaries full title ownership of their houses. A total of 327 title deeds were handed over to the residents in the area.

CoGHSTA TODAY 02 of 2025

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Performance review session sets the tone on planning & expenditure for 20 24/25 financial year.

In an effort to reflect on the overall performance of the Department for the 2023/24 Financial Year and fourth quarter, SMS members of the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance (CoGHSTA) together with the MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu attended the Departmental Performance Review Session.

The session further serves to set the tone for proper planning and expenditure for 2024/25 financial year in Human Settlements, Co-operative Governance, Traditional Affairs, Corporate Services and Financial Management.

CoGHSTA TODAY 01 of 2025

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UPGRADED SEWER PIPELINE HANDOVER: A relief for residents of Mookgophong

Sewer spillages will be an item of the past for residents of Mookgophong extension 05 & 06 as Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Parks Tau; Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, Mr David Mahlobo; MEC Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu; Waterberg District Executive Mayor, Cllr. Morris Mataboge; Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Aaron Sebolai and Local Traditional Leaders officially handed over a newly upgraded main sewer pipeline project in Mookgophong on 15 April 2024.The infrastructure handing over was pursued by a Public Participation in the Mookgophong Community Hall.

CoGHSTA TODAY 37 of 2024

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MEC Makamu hands over title deeds and Military Veteran houses in Polokwane Ext. 78

The 14th of March 2024 marked as a memorable day for residents of Polokwane Municipality Extension 78 as Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) MEC, Basikopo Makamu together with Capricorn District Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mamedupi Teffo embarked on a door-to-door to hand over of 2808 title deeds to beneficiaries and 15 houses to Military Veterans.

CoGHSTA TODAY 36 of 2024

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CoGHSTA MEC tables 2024/25 Budget Vote

Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu tabled the department's 2024/25 Budget Vote on the 28th March 2024 in the Polokwane Municipal Chambers.

CoGHSTA TODAY 35 of 2024.pdf

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COGHSTA ON A STAKEHOLDER SESSION TO UNLEASH HOUSING LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK AND POLICIES

CoGHSTA Head of Department Dr Modjadji Malahlela, ISHS Deputy Director-General, Ms Ivy Makamu and other housing stakeholders attended a consultative session on the Draft White Paper for Human Settlements.

inputs given during the session hosted by the National Department of Human Settlements will assist in improving the provision of sustainable human settlements as per the departmental mandate.

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COGHSTA HONOURS FALLEN OFFICIALS DURING PRAYER SESSION.

Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu led a prayer session together with officials on coping with grief and loss.
The session held on 28 February 2024 served as a platform for officials to collectively mourn the loss of seven (07) colleagues in the Department since the beginning of 2024.

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Polokwane makes history by being the first Municipality in the Province to be granted level 2 in Housing Accreditation

The MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu has congratulated Polokwane Municipality for being the first Municipality in the Province to be granted level 2 Housing Accreditation Implementation Protocol. The MEC was speaking during a Ceremony that was held at the Municipality's Chambers on Thursday, 01 February 2024.The signing of the Accreditation Implementation Protocol is an agreement between the two organizations that will henceforth strengthen and improve the implementation of some of the National Human Settlements Programmes. The agreement was signed by the Head of Department of CoGHSTA, Dr Modjadji Malahlela and the Municipal Manager of Polokwane Municipality, Ms Thuso Nemugumoni.

MEC Makamu said the accreditation is done in the quest by government to bring about accelerated quality service delivery and empowers the Municipality to undertake several roles and responsibilities in the human settlements value-chain such as beneficiary management, technical planning and delivery of specific housing programmes. "The torch of progress is now in the hands of the Polokwane Municipality. Yet, I stand here confident that this new undertaking is the catalyst for an unprecedented modernization of our human settlement's landscape. The Province has laid the groundwork through policy formulation and capacity building. Now, with the passing of the torch, execution and delivery become the prime focus".

He continued by saying that the accreditation is done in the spirit of the Freedom Charter which expresses that "There shall be Houses, Security and Comfort", the signing of this Implementation Protocol will provide propulsion for the delivery of speedy and quality services to the people of Limpopo. The Mayor of Polokwane, Cllr John Mpe applauded the MEC and his team for making the accreditation a reality. "Under the terms of protocol, we commit to reporting regularly to the MEC on the progress and the performance of our human settlements programmes. We understand the importance of transparency, accountability and effective governance and we pledge to uphold these principles in all our endeavours".

CoGHSTA TODAY 31 of 2024

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CoGHSTA provides tools of trade to senior traditional leaders.

With the aim of ensuring that Traditional Leaders effectively deliver on their responsibilities to their communities, Premier of Province, Mr Chupu Stanley Mathabatha and MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu handed over vehicles to Senior Traditional Leaders in Seshego on 27 November 2023.

This ceremony comes after MEC Makamu presented during CoGHSTA' s 2023/24 Budget Speech to procure 102 vehicles for Senior Traditional Leaders in two consecutive financial years.

Giving his message of support, MEC Makamu stated that Traditional Leaders play an important role in developing their communities and therefore there is a need for a provision of vehicles as tools of trade to assist Traditional Leaders to perform their duties optimally. "I would like to congratulate those that received their brand-new vehicles today and it remains a testament that government is committed to work with Traditional Leaders at all material times,".

Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Hosi Pheni Ngove thanked the Premier and MEC Makamu on behalf of all the Senior Traditional Leaders. "I would also like to advice all Senior Traditional Leaders to familiarise themselves with a policy guideline that made it possible for us to receive these vehicles so that we could take better care of them," he said

Kgoshi Maila who was first to receive the keys to his brand-new vehicle expressed his gratitude to both the Premier and CoGHSTA MEC. "We had been waiting with excitement for these vehicles as they would assist us in attending meetings, events and helping our communities. We are grateful that this day has finally come," said Kgoshi Maila.

CoGHSTA TODAY 30 of 2024

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Title deeds hand-over affords beneficiaries a full title ownership.

As part of MEC for Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) Mr Basikopo Makamu's call to speed up the process of issuing out title deeds to the rightful beneficiaries, was in Bela-Bela on 22 November 2023 to hand over title deeds to beneficiaries of low-cost houses residing in Alma, Bela-Bela Extension 9 and Vaal water in the Waterberg District Municipality.

With a total of 1177 title deeds being handed over to beneficiaries on the day, the department saw it fit to have the Housing Advisory Panel and Rental Housing Tribunal to educate the public on the services provided by both bodies to homeowners, landlords and tenants.

Delivering his keynote address, MEC Makamu expressed that the handing-over of title deeds gives beneficiaries full title ownership of their houses. "Having received title deeds today, I urge you not to not sell or rent out your houses since this remains a government service delivery gift to fulfil its mandate on providing shelter to deserving citizens," he pleaded with the community.

The title deeds handing over ceremony concluded with public participation where residents raised issues ranging from high municipal rates & taxes, water and sanitation challenges etc.

Title deeds hand-over affords beneficiaries a full title ownership.

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MEC Makamu engages with CDM Traditional Leaders.

The MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu has recently met with members of the Capricorn House of Traditional Leaders. The purpose of the meeting that took place in Polokwane Municipality's Council Chamber was for the MEC to engage with Traditional Leaders on issues affecting the Institution of Traditional Leaders in the District. Some of the issues on the agenda included the recognition of traditional leaders, disputes of traditional leaders and the provision of the tools of trade.

Addressing the Traditional Leaders, MEC Makamu said: "Let me express my gratitude for being invited to be part of this important meeting. It is an open secret that the role played by traditional leaders in our communities cannot be downplayed. Traditional Leaders and government share a key responsibility of improving the lives of our people. As government we are aware of the challenges you face on a daily basis. We might not have solutions today, but I believe working together, we can come up with everlasting solutions".

The Chairperson of the Capricorn House, Kgoshi Kgabo Moloto thanked the MEC for making time to meet with the House. "Without fear of favour, we must put all our hands to the pump in confronting the challenges that continue to face traditional leaders. It is possible if all the key stakeholders join hands and work together. Let us sustain the relationship between government and traditional leaders and even elevate it to another level for the benefit of the people we all serve". He said.

CoGHSTA TODAY 24 of 2024

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Thovhele Nngwedzeni Alfred Mphaphuli laid to rest

The people of Ha-Tshikonelo and surrounding villages came in their numbers to pay their last respectto the late Thovhele Nngwedzeni Alfred Mphaphuli. The funeral service was attended by dignitaries to name a few, MEC for Health in the Province, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, the Executive Mayor of Vhembe District Municipality, Cllr Fridah Nkondo, the Mayor of Collins Chabane Local Municipality, Cllr Shadrack Maluleke, ANC Provincial Secretary who is also the late Thovheles brother, Mr Reuben Madadzhe and Traditional Leaders. Thovhele Mphaphuli (Madadzhe the 3rd ) (79) was born and bred at Tshikonelo village and is the great grandchild of Thovhele Vho-Makwarela Mphaphuli (Madadzhe the 1st ). He is the eldest son of Thovhele Stefanus Tshikonelo Madadzhe Mphaphuli (Madadzhe the 2nd ), who passed on in 1993 after he reigned close to six decades at Tshikonelo area. His mother was the late Vhakoma Vho-Thambatshira Takalani Tshivhase Madadzhe from the Tshivhase dynasty.

The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu delivered a eulogy and said: "We are gathered here today to bid farewell to an exceptional leader who never cowed in the face of challenges. The late Thovhele was a visionary leader who managed to build trusting relationships with relevant stakeholders including members of the community and that saw the success of many key projects in his area. As a Province, we are poorer without Thovhele Mphaphuli. Death has taken away from us a true friend and a gifted human being".

Thovhele Masia spoke on behalf of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders and said that Thovhele Maphaphuli was a leader par excellence who leaves behind a remarkable legacy.

CoGHSTA TODAY 24 of 2024

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DDM on track to improve infrastructure projects in Molemole Municipality

The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu visited Molemole Local Municipality on 17 October 2023 to inspect road construction projects in the area.

Together with Molemole Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Edward Paya, they visited projects in Ga-Sako, Ga-Mokgehle and Mogwadi as part of the District Development Model (DDM) initiative. The projects entail the re-gravelling of 1.7km, 1.5 km and 2.1 km of internal streets at Ga-Sako, Ga-Mokgehle and Mogwadi respectively.

"Having inspected the three projects, I am pleased that the project at Ga-Sako is almost complete and hope that the remaining projects which are at 40% and 70% completion stage will be done by the end of June 2024 as projected." he reported.

CoGHSTA TODAY 24 of 2024

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MEC Makamu delivers early Christmas offerings to destitute families

The Semono and Moela families at Tzaneen will for the first time in their lives spend this year's Christmas and many more in their brand-new houses. The two families were over the moon when they were visited by the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu paid a courtesy visit to the families of Mr Charles Semono (37) in Thapane Village and Philemon Moela (44) of Khujwana Village within the Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality to see their current living conditions and track progress of the construction of their housing units. MEC promised the families that their houses will be completed in November. The heart-wrenching situations of the two beneficiaries' living arrangements came to MEC Makamu's attention through local media coverage and community reports. As a result, the two beneficiaries' right to adequate housing will soon become a reality.

Mr Semono and his wife who are both visually impaired(blind), live with their 13-year-old who has a psychological disorder (schizophrenic) at his in laws' home while Mr Moela and his wife live with their two children aged 7 and 2 in a one roomed house.

Speaking during the visit, MEC Makamu thanked all the stakeholders for ensuring that the families' dignity is restored. "My special thanks go to all our key stakeholders in this case, the contractors who have partnered with us in providing shelter to our people. We have given our contractors a deadline of three weeks, and I believe that they will not disappoint us, they will meet the target. We also thank those who assisted us with identifying this families. This proves that we can achieve more when we work together. We are delivering an early Christmas presents to our people. Our determination to provide shelter to our people is still intact. It is only our collective leadership and effort that can see us building sustainable and beautiful houses to our impoverished communities".

In response, Mr Semono thanked government for giving him and his family a proper home to live.

CoGHSTA TODAY 23 of 2024

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MEC Makamu cracks the whip on Marapong Community Residential Unit' Completion.

As highlighted in the tabling of the 2023/24 Budget Vote, MEC for the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu is all out to ensure that all delayed construction projects are completed this financial year. The CoGHSTA MEC visited Marapong in Lephalale on 28 September 2023 to track the progress made on the construction of the Community's Residential Units (CRUs) that commenced since 27 March 2017. He further met with construction workers on site to understand challenges that workers are confronted with that impedes the completion of the project. To indicate a few, construction workers expressed that shortage of building material and non-payment of salaries by sub-contractors are some of the reasons the project is moving at a garden snail pace.

CoGHSTA TODAY 21 of 2024

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CoGHSTA offers support to gutted Mabalingwe Nature Reserve by fire

Following veld fires that affected 5000 hectares of Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in Bela-Bela, MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu accompanied by Bela-Bela Local Municipality Mayor, Cllr. Gloria Seleka visited the affected area to assess the extent of the damage on 27 September 2023. Giving his remarks before embarking on a drive around the nature reserve to assess the damage, MEC for CoGHSTA commended stakeholders for their undivided support to extinguish fire.

MEC Makamu alluded that a recovery plan will be developed to save jobs as the Nature Reserve is a tourist attraction and one of the popular economic hubs in the province. "I will further engage with MECs for the Limpopo Departments of Agriculture and Economic Development as they would have better assistance for the 50 households that were destroyed by fire and surviving game on the reserve".

CoGHSTA TODAY 20 of 2024

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Brand new Traditional Leader for Ga-Seloane

The Community of Ga-Seloane and surrounding villages welcomed the inauguration of their Senior Traditional Leader, Kgoshi Makgope Seloane. It was a joyous occasion characterized by traditional dancing and singing. Following Traditional Leadership throne, Kgoshi Seloanewears the leopard skin at tender age in the Province. Speaking during the event that was held on Friday, 29 September 2023 at Ga-Seloane, Lepelle Nkumpi Municipality, MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu who spoke on behalf of the Premier said that it was with great pride to officially inaugurate Kgoshi Seloane and award him his certificate in the presence of his elated community.

"The recognition and celebration of our Senior Traditional Leaders remains a very important part of the work we do. Our Traditional Leaders play a very important role in the development of our rural communities. As government, we are confident that Kgoshi Seloane will follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before him, to work with us in advancing the hopes and dreams of his people". The Deputy Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Rammupudu congratulated Kgoshi Seloane and wished him all best in his reign. In response, the newly installed Senior Traditional Leader Kgoshi Seloane said he is committed to work with all the key stakeholders to ensure that they move forward and build a community that they can all be proud of and be an example or envy of other villages.

CoGHSTA TODAY 19 of 2024

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Hosi Vusimuzi Nxumalo to lead Magona Dynasty.

MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu officially inaugurated Hosi Vusimuzi Nxumalo as the Acting Senior Traditional Leader of Magona community, Collins Chabane Municipality. The event took place on Friday, 01 September 2023 under the scorching heat which could not limit the energy the community who came in their numbers to witness the ceremony.

Nxumalo (37) whose inauguration coincided with his birthday follows his predecessor the late elder brother Hosi Busa Charles Nxumalo. Married to Ndlovukazi Ebenezer Nxumalo, Hosi Nxumalo has proven not to only be family oriented but also have his community's best interest at heart. The father of three has been active in inviting government entities such as NSFAS to educate students from local schools that he adopted about the opportunities available to those who do well in matric. The initiative went so well that it was later implemented throughout the Malamulele East Circuit.

The village of Gidjana also known as Magona faces challenges such as inadequate water supply, undeveloped access roads, and deterioration of infrastructure in local schools. Hosi Nxumalo hopes these challenges will be resolved under his leadership with support from government. Speaking during the inauguration the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu called for unity amongst members of the Royal Family. MEC Makamu urged the Acting Hosi to learn from his late brother, Hosi Busa Charles Nxumalo who he described was an extraordinary man, a leader par excellence. The Chairperson of the Vhembe Local House, Hosi Given Bungeni spoke on behalf of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, congratulated the Acting Hosi and urged him to be humble and listen to the advice from family and other key stakeholders.

In his response, Hosi Nxumalo has vowed to work hand in hand with key stakeholders to bring development to his village. "We all have a responsibility to unify the Magona Royal Family which is divided. A divided Royal Family will result in a divided community. If we all come together, join hands we can achieve a lot and develop our community. I am ready to serve and with your support we can build a united developed Magona community".

CoGHSTA TODAY 15 of 2024

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MEC COGHSTA AND THE FIRST LADY TRUST HONOR THE LATE FIRST LADY AT EISELEVEN VILLAGE

As part of Women's Month and a symbolic gesture to carry on the legacy of the late First Lady of the province, Mme Maggie Mathabatha, the Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) in collaboration with the First Lady Trust handed over three houses to deserving female beneficiaries at Eiseleven Village, Botlokwa in the Molemole Local Municipality recently.

Before cutting the ribbon to the houses, MEC Makamu urged beneficiaries to take good care of their new homes." We hope that in the years to come, we still find your houses intact," said the CoGHSTA MEC.

One of the beneficiaries, Mokgadi Chelele (42) could not contain her excitement as she was handed the keys to her brand-new house." My husband and I together with our children lived in a one room house and could not even have visitors due to limited space. This house has given me and my family dignity," said the mother of three.

Zorah Khan Developers which the Director is a woman donated furniture to the three households to make them more habitable and homely.

CoGHSTA TODAY 14 of 2024

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Musina Municipality clears Eskom debt to zero%

Musina Local Municipality has finally settled the long overdue Eskom debt. This announcement was made during a Stakeholder Engagement Session organized by Eskom held at Musina Municipality on Monday, 28 August 2023. While other municipalities across the country are still unable to pay their debt to the Power Utility, the Municipality has settled its historic overdue debt and is now paying the current account.

In 2017, the Eskom debt stood at One Hundred and Fifteen Million (R115 million) and the repayment plan was conceived by then. Speaking during the Session, the Mayor of the Municipality, Cllr. Godfrey Mawela said: "In articles published by the Power Technology, Engineering News, the SABC and the Business Day last week, our Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said South African municipalities now owe Eskom more than sixty three billion rand in combined debt, adding that this figure is continuing to rise exponentially - and also warning that the ongoing debt struggles for Eskom could result in even longer power cuts. But despite this gloomy picture, we are happy that as Musina Local Municipality, we managed to achieve what many municipalities are failing to achieve, not only in Limpopo, but country-wide."

Settling this Eskom debt simply means the municipality is subscribing towards the minimization of power cuts and contributing to community development as millions of Rands that were used to service the debt will now be redirected to other service delivery initiatives. Musina Local Municipality was owing Eskom sixty-six point nine million rand. A year later, it managed to reduce the debt by twenty million rand and the balance stood at forty-six point nine million rand. To date, it has settled the debt to zero and now paying the monthly bills.

Eskom's LimLanga Cluster General Manager, Mr Collin Reddy congratulated the Executive Management of the Municipality for a job well done and being a shining example. "The Municipality's budget will now be redirected to other service delivery initiatives to improve people's lives".

CoGHSTA TODAY 13 of 2024

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COGHSTA CONTINUES TO RESTORE DIGNITY TO DESTITUTE FAMILIES

The Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs'(CoGHSTA) mandate entails providing human settlements to deserving beneficiaries from young and old. This was the case at Mavandla and Xitlhelani Villages on Thursday, 17 August 2023 when MEC Basikopo Makamu officially handed over two houses to a youth Wilson Munyai (28) and a pensioner, Sabina Tembe (67).

Addressing stakeholders and members of community, MEC Makamu highlighted that the handing over ceremony also served to honour Women's Month as the newly built and fully furnished houses were donated by a female owned construction company, Somandla Trading 14.

"Our Department is well known for excelling in the national government's mandate to provide opportunities to our female contractors to thrive in this previously male led industry. Somandla Trading 14 not only built these houses, but made them homely by adding furniture, groceries and electricity," said CoGHSTA MEC. One of the beneficiaries, M.s Sabina Tembe shared how she had been living in a small and unsafe tinned house before receiving a house." I would like to thank CoGHSTA, Somandla Trading 14 and my neighbours for their support when I was in need," Tembe said.

CoGHSTA TODAY 12 of 2024

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"IT NEVER RAINED BUT POURS" AT COGHSTA MEN'S SEMINAR.

Men First: CoGHSTA male officials from all districts attended the Departmental Men's Seminar at Karibu Lodge, Tzaneen in the Mopani District.

The Chief of Staff, Dr Masilo Mokoena applauded the department for the initiative and thanked all the male officials for attending.

The Chief Director for Human Resource Management & Development, Mr Mahlatse Matlala thanked all the male officials for making time to attend the Seminar.

CoGHSTA TODAY 11 of 2024

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MEC Makamu serves 67 minutes on Mandela Day by donating laptops and paints to refurbish Calais High School.

The 2023 International Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated under the theme: "Climate, Food & Solidarity". The 18th of July is annually celebrated as International Mandela Day by the United Nations in honor of the first elected democratic President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

The Village of Calais outside Tzaneen in the Maruleng Local Municipality was a hive of activities on Tuesday, 18 July 2023. This is where the MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu spent his 67 minutes as a way of celebrating Mandela Day.

The MEC accompanied by the Mayor of Maruleng Local Municipality, Cllr Tsheko Musolwa and Kgoshi Sekororo handed over five laptops, a printer to the school and painted the walls of some of the classrooms. Calais High School was the lowest performing school in both Makhutswe and Lepelle circuits at 32.35% in the academic year 2022.

Motivating the learners, MEC Makamu said: "It is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. We are here today to celebrate the birthday of a great leader, Nelson Mandela who was the country's first black president who showed his heroism through selfless and dedicated acts by fighting to bring liberty and justice for his people and risking his life for equality of all. Mandela showed us the power of action, of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. Let's all learn from this icon, a revolutionary and a political leader who is known for leading the transition from apartheid to a multiracial democracy. I want to encourage you to never let where you come from prevent you from achieving your dreams. I urge you to never undermine the role played by education in the society." said Makamu

"It is through education, that doors of prosperity can be opened. I would like to thank the principal, the teachers, SGB members, the parents and all the key stakeholders for all the support you give to the learners", he concluded.
# MandelaDay2023 #LeaveNoOneBehind #LetsGrowLimpopoTogether

CoGHSTA TODAY 9 of 2024


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MEC for CoGHSTA continues delivering proper shelter to the needy.

CAs part of the District Development Model (DDM) Presidential Imbizo Build-up Programme, the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu handed over two houses to destitute families at Tukakgomo Village, Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipality in the Sekhukhune District Municipality.

The handing over ceremony which took place on Thursday, 13 July 2023 was part of the build-up programme towards the Presidential Imbizo at Motodi Village, Fetakgomo-Tubatse municipality. The Imbizo was attended by the President and leaders from all spheres of government under the theme: "LeaveNoOneBehind". Through the Imbizo, government interacted with residents on service delivery challenges experienced and set out plans for development in the area. The imbizo also created an important public participation platform that ensures that voices and perspectives of the community are heard. Speaking during the handing-over of the houses MEC Makamu acknowledged the contractor for the outstanding work and. "It is quite pleasing that we are gathered here to official deliver quality houses to these families. It is stated in the Freedom Charter that there shall be Houses, Security and Comfort for all. We have come a long way. When we started no one knew that we would build these modern houses roofed with tiles. Today we are witnessing the fruits of freedom and democracy. We are planning on installing burglars so that our beneficiaries can be safe. My humble appeal to the beneficiaries is that you take care of these houses." The MEC handed over the houses to a 99-year-old senior citizen Koko Ngwanakgopa Komane and the second beneficiary was 21-year-old Kgaogelo Magopa. Magopa was overwhelmed with joy and thanked government for restoring her family 's dignity with a decent shelter to stay.

#HousingTheNation
#LeaveNoOneBehind
#PresidentialImbizo.

CoGHSTA TODAY 8 of 2024

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"YOUTH BUILD"

CAPACITATES THE YOUTH OF KGOBAGODIMO VILLAGE. Just like a house being built from the foundation phase to the wall plate brick by brick, the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) in partnership with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) and DN Dludlu Construction capacitated youth at Kgobagodimo, Lephalale municipality in theoretical and practical construction skills development during the Youth Month. 100 young males and females were trained and benefitted on building and safety skills by NHBRC from 12th -22nd June 2023.

CoGHSTA MEC, Mr. Basikopo Makamu spent the day in Kgobagodimo Village observing the 100 trainees building low-cost houses and awarded them with certificates of attendance at the end of the day. "I'm more than encouraged by the fact that some of the beneficiaries' who participated in this programme not only benefited houses but building skills from the Youth Build Programme," said the MEC.

CoGHSTA TODAY 7 of 2024

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All "SYSTEMS GO" for the 2023 Initiation Schools Season

Polokwane - The Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) held a media briefing on its readiness for the 2023 Initiation Schools' Season.

The briefing was held at the Department's headquarters in Polokwane on Thursday, 15 June 2023. MEC Basikopo Makamu stressed on the good relationship and support the Department has with sister departments like Health, Education, SAPS, and the National Prosecuting Authority during the Initiation Season each year.

"This year the initiation school program will commence on the 16th of June and is scheduled to end on the 15th of July. The number of initiation school applications received has declined to a total of 644 as compared to last year's 680. From this grand total 587 have been approved, 328 of which are male and 259 are female initiation schools," he reported.

MEC Makamu further said that the department will spare no efforts in ensuring that the lives of initiates are protected. "We want to appeal to parents to authenticate the legitimacy of initiation schools they intend to send their children to, with their respective Traditional Authorities. There will be zero tolerance for people who want to take chances by running initiation schools without permits. As we have done in the past, we will be working with our law enforcement agencies to prevent any unnecessary loss of young lives and also to ensure that the rights of these young boys and girls are not violated," he said.

The Chairperson of the Provincial Initiation Coordinating Committee (PICC), Hosi Chauke said that the department will always work with the judiciary to ensure that those operating illegal initiation schools are brought to book. "I would like to not only urge parents to do their research and enrol their children in registered and legal initiation schools but also appeal to journalists to assist us with information regarding any illegal activities regarding initiation schools in villages," he voiced.

MEC Makamu thanked all members of the media for the impressive attendance and wished all relevant role players another successful initiation schools' season.

CoGHSTA TODAY 5 of 2024

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PDMAF vow to be responsive in Disaster Management

As the custodian of Disaster Management in the province, the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) MEC, Basikopo Makamu attended the Provincial Disaster Management Advisory Forum (PDMAF) Meeting at Bolivia Lodge.

Taking place on 15 June 2023, MEC Makamu was part of this first quarterly meeting for the 2023/24 Financial Year to ensure that members of the forum are a step ahead when faced with disaster.

The main objective of these quarterly meetings is for members of the advisory forum to consult one another and coordinate their actions on matters relating to disaster management in the province.

The meeting concluded by handing over appointment letters to members of the PDMAF.

CoGHSTA TODAY 6 of 2024

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CoGHSTA hopefull for a successful initiation school season

Having approved a total of 587 initiation schools across all districts, the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) together with its stakeholders held a workshop to access their readiness for the 2023 Initiation Schools' Season at Protea Ranch hotel on 7 June 2023 in Polokwane.

The workshop had stakeholders namely, the Limpopo Department of Health, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and South African Police Service (SAPS) outlining precautionary measures to Traditional Leaders, Traditional Surgeons, and Headmen when carrying out their respective duties this season running from 16 June 2023 to 15 July 2023.

The keynote address was given by the Limpopo Department of Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba standing in for MEC of CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu who expressed that her Department is readily available to deploy qualified medical doctors to assist inexperienced traditional surgeons in circumcising initiates to avoid amputations.

The Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders Chairperson, Hosi Pheni Ngove highlighted that Limpopo Province remains the best when coming to the practice and culture of initiation. He pleaded with principals of approved schools to ensure that parents/guardians of initiates sign consent forms prior to initiates being enrolled.

He further urged permit holders to be vigilant of vigilantes who want to tarnish this good practice by permitting intoxicating substances (alcohol and drugs) into the schools as this may be in negligence and result in mortalities.

Hosi Ngove reported that 57 initiation schools were not approved to operate, and these schools will be monitored closely by the SAPS not operate illegally.

CoGHSTA TODAY 3 of 2024

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MEC Makamu addresses contractors

With the goal of ensuring swift progress in constructing housing units to beneficiaries in the Province, MEC for Limpopo Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) Mr Basikopo Makamu engaged with contractors on the delivery of housing projects at Bolivia Lodge on 17 May 2023. During the engagement, it was presented to MEC Makamu that some units allocated to some contractors during the 2022/23 financial year were not yet completed. MEC Makamu warned contractors with rollover projects to ensure that such are completed by June 2023. "Contractors who fail to complete rollover will negatively affect future allocations for them as the department cannot tolerate persistent poor performance," he said.

As discussions took place between the MEC and Contractors, some cited reasons for the slow or no progress in completing projects as a result of protests and conflicts amongst community members. The MEC also encouraged contractors with new allocations to finish their projects on time. "I would like to commend all contractors who ensured that their projects are completed on time in the previous financial year. It is important to give credit where it is due as these contractors made sure that deserving households have access to adequate shelter as enshrined in the constitution," he applauded.

MEC Makamu concluded the meeting by advising departmental employees to terminate contractors who will fail to complete roll-over housing projects by 30 June 2023. He also added that units that have not been completed by none performing contractors should be allocated to those that completed their units on time.

CoGHSTA TODAY 3 of 2024

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Official opening of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders

The Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders hosted its 6th official opening of Co-operative Governance,Human at Moletjie Traditional Council on Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Mr Thursday, 4 May 2023.It was for the first time in our 29 years of democracy that this event is hosted by the Traditional Council with the Community in witness.

The event fit for royalty was led by Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders Chairperson, that the House has lined up for the 2023/2024 Hosi Pheni Ngove. This historic event was attended by Premier of the Province, Mr Chupu Stanley Mathabatha, MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance,Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Mr Basikopo Makamu and representatives from other Provincial Houses of Traditional Leaders.The official opening offered the House, Community in witness. Premier, the MEC and other key stakeholders an opportunity to outline some of the projects that the House has lined up for the 2023/2024

CoGHSTA TODAY 2 of 2024

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A Charismatic Senior Traditional Leader to lead the Sekoror Dynasty.

Rain could not dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who came in the numbers to witness the inauguration of Kgoshi Sekororo Matshengona Shane (32) as their Senior Traditional Leader on Friday, 31 March 2023, ga Sekororo, Maruleng Local Municipality. The inauguration was conducted during heavy rain, Pula! a character of peace and tranquility to the Sekororo dynasty.

Kgoshi Matshengona Shane Sekororo was born and bred at Moshira Village (Leruleng Section) within Tubatse Municipality. He is the firstborn son of Ms. Thobetjane Matladi Mavies and the late Kgoshi Sekororo Sekgalabjabana Seshego Solly. He is succeeding his late father, who died in 2020 after a short illness. In the year 2022, the Royal Family (Bakgoma ba Sekororo and the inner circle) of Moshate wa Ga-Sekororo agreed to install Kgoshi Sekororo Matshengona Shane as their Senior Traditional Leader.

His late father, Kgoshi Sekororo, affectionately known as "Triple S", in 1983, was the Chairperson of the Naphuno Council Authority, which was the Regional Traditional Authority at the time. In the same period, he was a Member of the former Lebowa Legislative Assembly, and Minister of Water Affairs under the Lebowa Government. He generously extended his contributions to the country's ANC-Led democratic era, as he was a member of the Limpopo Legislature between 1994 and 1999. It was during this period that he also served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Land Affairs and Environment. In 2002, the late Kgoshi was elected Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, he then Chaired Contralesa in 2009 and continued to serve, in one form or another, in these bodies throughout his leadership career.

Speaking during the Ceremony the MEC for Co- operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu said: "Our ANC-led government is never lost to the importance of our Senior Traditional leaders and the role they play in our communities. Your participation in the social cohesion and economic development of our communities is crucial. Itisforthisreasonthatweareconsistentin showing our open commitment to provincial traditional leadership matters by always reserving time to meet with you and your communities, especially in occasions where we celebrate ancient practices such as this". MEC Makamu urged the newly installed Kgoshi to learn from his late father, Kgoshi Sekororo. He described him as an extraordinary man, "You and your people today take this step into a future that is unfamiliar. But beyond change, we acknowledge that you take over this seat of authority from an extraordinary man, and the shoes you're filling are massive.

The late Kgoshi Seshego Sekororo led this community for 38 years, with absolute distinction. He was revered for his love for his people, a champion of development who engaged in important matters with high intellect and compassion". The Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Hosi Pheni Ngove congratulated Kgoshi and urged him to be humble and listen to the advice from family and other key stakeholders. Kgoshi Matshengoane Sekororo has vowed to work hand in hand with key stakeholders to bring development to his village.

Tools of trade for Senior Traditional Leaders

A brand-new set of wheels for Traditional Leaders.
The Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) will this financial year kick start the process of procuring vehicles for Senior Traditional Leaders. Speaking during the Inauguration of Kgosi Sekororo and during his Budget Speech, MEC Makamu said that as the Premier pronounced when delivering his State of the Province Address, government will indeed procure vehicles for Senior Traditional Leaders on a budget of R55 million for 2023/24 financial year. Another 100 will be procured in 2024/25 with a budget of R55 million.

"Our commitment to support the institution of traditional leadership would be without substance if Traditional Leaders are not assisted with tools of trade. Of cardinal importance, our covenant with Limpopo Traditional Leadership solidifies. The Department acknowledges and supports the critical role of traditional leadership institutions across the province and its contribution to the developmental agenda. The support to institutions of traditional leadership involves a wide range of activities as well as many other tools of trade which enable them to provide services to their communities".

CoGHSTA TODAY 30 of 2023

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Thovhele Makuya laid to Rest. A Leader par Excellence

The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu has handed over houses to two beneficiaries within the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, Ms Elsie Phaahla (63) and Ms Violet Phahlamohlaka (79). Life has not been easy for these two senior citizens as they did not have proper shelter to stay with their families. Their plight changed for the better recently when the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu handed them keys to their brand-new RDP houses. Both beneficiaries survive on social grant provided by government.

Makuya (61) was the only son of Vho-Mutshekwa and the late Thovhele Nngigideni Karel Makuya. During his reign he was focused in bringing development in the area.
The late Thovhele was a visionary leader who managed to build trusting relationships with relevant stakeholders including members of the community and that saw the success of many key projects in his area. The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu delivered a eulogy and said: "We are gathered here today to bid farewell to an exceptional leader who never cowed in the face of challenges. As a Province, we are poorer without Thovhele Makuya. Death has taken away from us a true friend and a gifted human being".

CoGHSTA TODAY 29 of 2023

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MEC Makamu never relaxes to deliver houses to the destitute

The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu has handed over houses to two beneficiaries within the Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, Ms Elsie Phaahla (63) and Ms Violet Phahlamohlaka (79). Life has not been easy for these two senior citizens as they did not have proper shelter to stay with their families. Their plight changed for the better recently when the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu handed them keys to their brand-new RDP houses. Both beneficiaries survive on social grant provided by government.

Speaking during the handing over, MEC Makamu said the Department continues to implement what is stated in the Freedom Charter which was adopted in 1955. It is stated in the Freedom Charter that "There Shall be Houses, Security and Comfort for All." He Said. He added that " As a nation we have come a long way since the attainment of our democracy, and we are not looking back. The Department will not rest until all deserving beneficiaries have proper shelter". In response, Ms. Phahlamohlaka was head over heels and thanked government for restoring her dignity.

CoGHSTA TODAY 27 of 2023

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Sensational! Traditional leaders on a strategic session

In support of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders (LHTL) and the role that Traditional Leaders play in uplifting rural communities, CoGHSTA MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu attended the House's 2022-2027 Term Strategic Planning Session at Forever Resorts Warmbaths Belabela.

From the 07-09 February 2023, members of the LHTL broke into commissions to engage in various sub-committees of the LHTL namely; Tradition, Culture and Customs; Rules and Constitutional Development; Social Development and Gender Equality; Planning and Cooperative Governance; Agriculture and Land; and Initiation School. Commissions not only identified key outcomes and activities during the session but further conducted a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis of the outlined sub-committees.

Addressing members of the House, MEC Makamu wished delegates well on their deliberations. "I would like to thank Traditional Leaders for making time and attend this strategic planning session. I am confident that the outcome of the session will be of greater good to communities in which you reign". In conclusion, Chairperson of the House, Hosi Pheni Ngove signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the House and stakeholders such as the Limpopo Department of Social Development, National Heritage Council to name a few.

CoGHSTA TODAY 28 of 2023

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Infrastructure Risk Mitigation- A way to bailout service delivery impediments in municipalities

With parts of Limpopo having been affected by floods recently, the Municipal Institutional Capacity Building (MICB) section within the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) in partnership with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) found it necessary and fundamental to host a workshop on Infrastructure Risk Mitigation.

The workshop took place at Bolivia Lodge on 10 February 2023 under the theme "Peer Learning". In attendance were Municipal Managers, Chief Financial Officers and Engineers in the built environment who outlined some of the challenges encountered in municipalities regarding disaster-threats and risks they pose to infrastructure. The engagement also aimed to mitigate the risks posed and establish ways to design infrastructure that is resilient to any disaster.

Speaking during the Media Tour, MEC Makamu said he is happy with the progress made thus far, "I am happy with the progress as we are fulfilling what is stated in the Freedom Charter that there should be houses, security and comfort". Ms Lucy Rakumako (62), a pensioner who lives in Ward 37 purchased the property in 1997, which was previously known as a dormitory for industrial employees. She lives with three children and eight grandchildren. "The hailstorm in 2020 worsened my situation when it damaged my roofing, but I am happy government came to our rescue".

Presenting on Disaster Intervention, Mr Freedom Mthetwa from Tzaneen Local Municipality indicated that warning systems should be put in place in cases where disasters such as floods are forecasted. "In the event of a potential disaster, the Disaster Management team will be dispatched to help evacuate residents in the affected areas that are at risk in advance." He further expressed the importance for Traditional Leaders to consult municipalities before allocating stands as most houses built in some areas are in flood lines.

Finally, a request was proposed for adequate budget to be allocated for municipalities to maintain infrastructure e.g., potholes, drainage systems that have either been damaged /blocked due to floods or heavy rain.

CoGHSTA TODAY 26 of 2023

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MEC Makamu declares Seshego an Asbestos-Free environment

The Department began exploring the initiative following the heavy rains and hailstorms that damaged some roofs of Seshego residents in 2020, further exacerbating the health risks attached to the roofing material. Asbestos is known to cause fatal diseases; it is a dangerous silent killer especially when a person is exposed to a strong concentration or moderate amounts on a regular basis for a long time. The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after initial exposure. South Africa banned the use, import and manufacturing of Asbestos in 2008 due to its health hazardous risks.

To mitigate this health risk emission from asbestos to an asbestos-risk-free environment, the Limpopo MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu joined by the Executive Mayor of Polokwane, Cllr. John Mpe visited the Seshego ward 17 and 37 as part of the quality assessment and oversight visit of the asbestos roofing removal and replacement project. The event took place on Tuesday, 14 February 2023 in Seshego, Polokwane. CoGHSTA has joined hands with the National Department of Human Settlements and the Housing Development Agency as the Implementing Agent to eradicate 1 500 asbestos roofs. It is estimated that the project will run for a period of 18 months.

In his address the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Makamu applauded Capricorn and Waterberg District Municipalities for attaining Clean Audits . MEC further urged municipalities to submit monthly reports to Limpopo Provincial Treasury timeously, failure to do so will continuously hinder Treasury from providing adequate support in reducing unwarranted expenditure in municipalities.

Speaking during the Media Tour, MEC Makamu said he is happy with the progress made thus far, "I am happy with the progress as we are fulfilling what is stated in the Freedom Charter that there should be houses, security and comfort". Ms Lucy Rakumako (62), a pensioner who lives in Ward 37 purchased the property in 1997, which was previously known as a dormitory for industrial employees. She lives with three children and eight grandchildren. "The hailstorm in 2020 worsened my situation when it damaged my roofing, but I am happy government came to our rescue". The Media Tour was concluded by a Media Briefing on site.

CoGHSTA TODAY 25 of 2023

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MUNMEC addresses service delivery issues within municipalities

Following some notable audit outcome improvements in some municipalities in the province, MEC for Limpopo Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu together with MEC for Provincial Treasury, Mr Seaparo Sekoati co-chaired a Municipal and Members of the Executive Council (MUNMEC) Meeting at Bolivia Lodge.

Attended by Executive Mayors and Mayors on the 2nd of February 2023, the meeting's agenda entailed among other things the tabling of Audit Reports, State of Municipal Finances, Provincial Social Stability, 2023/24 Human Settlements Delivery Programme and Councilor Welfare from the Auditor General, Provincial Treasury, Department of State Security, CoGHSTA and South African Local Government Association (SALGA) respectively.

In his address the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Makamu applauded Capricorn and Waterberg District Municipalities for attaining Clean Audits . MEC further urged municipalities to submit monthly reports to Limpopo Provincial Treasury timeously, failure to do so will continuously hinder Treasury from providing adequate support in reducing unwarranted expenditure in municipalities.

CoGHSTA TODAY 24 of 2023

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MEC Makamu welcomed staff and introduced the newly appointed HOD

Limpopo Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) first foyer was full to the brim when MEC Basikopo Makamu hosted a staff address to welcome officials back in 2023.

The staff address which was in conjunction with the official introduction of the newly appointed Head of Department (HOD), Dr. Modjadji Malahlela took place on Tuesday, 24 January 2023 at Hensa Towers.

In his address, Makamu touched on his quest to find out what the challenges do staff members encounter that hinders them to perform their daily duties optimally. "Having done door to door visits and interacting with some staff members in some of the offices in the department, I have realized that there is a shortage of basic working tools such as photocopiers and printers which can be frustrating to officials".

He further said that under his leadership and support of the newly appointed HOD and staff, he will continuously try to better the working conditions of employees to return the Department to its best preforming state. MEC concluded by officially welcoming HOD Malahlela and wished her the best in her new position.

CoGHSTA TODAY 23 of 2023

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COGHSTA Business EXPO

In an effort to ensure that customer service delivery is of high priority in the human settlements sector, the Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs' (CoGHSTA) hosted the National Human Settlements Public Liaison Officers' Forum at Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane.

The two-day Forum led by National Department of Human Settlements takes place quarterly. It grants Public Liaison Officers from all nine (09) provinces an opportunity to share challenges and best practices in providing customer service delivery, meeting customer expectations and improving the turnaround time of resolving complaints and enquiries received in the human settlements sector

CoGHSTA TODAY 21 of 2023

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Housing Consumer Education and Greening Initiative educates residents of Jasper

The Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) in collaboration with the National Department of Human Settlements held a Greening and Housing Consumer Education event for residents of Jasper Extension 13 in Modimolle.

As part of the Greening segment, the community members of Jasper were educated on how to better care for their houses by planting trees which will assist in lessening soil erosion, harsh winds and flooding which are prone to the area.

In support of the event, Modimolle- Mokgoopong Mayor, Cllr. Marlene Van Staden donated plants to beneficiaries and urged residents to report any issues regarding the unsatisfactory state of their houses to the municipality


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Brand new Dikgale Traditional Council office opens its doors

The community of Ga-Dikgale and surrounding villages descended in their numbers at Dikgale Royal Grounds to witness the handing over of the Dikgale Traditional Council Office. The handing over took place on Friday, 07 October 2022.

Speaking during the ceremony, the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu said: "We are here today to hand over this Office because we are a government that supports the institution of Traditional Leadership. Our government will always depend on your support in carrying out its mandate and obligations, especially in rural communities where the majority of our people come from.

. The role that Traditional Leaders play in rural communities can never be downplayed or overlooked. This is community property, and it must be accessible to all stakeholders. We also call upon community members to look after these offices as they will render much-needed service".

Addressing the Session, the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu said:"A Strategic Planning Session is not an act of ticking the box for compliance's sake. It accords us the opportunity to reflect at length on the challenges in our key programmes".



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Coghsta management join heads to take the department to the next level

Members of the Senior Management Services at the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) gathered at Euphoria Golf & Lifestyle Estate in Mookgopong to attend a Strategic Planning Session. The session took place from the 03-04th October 2022 and was aimed at reviewing how far the Department has come in terms of performance but also looking towards a brighter future.

Addressing the Session, the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu said:"A Strategic Planning Session is not an act of ticking the box for compliance's sake. It accords us the opportunity to reflect at length on the challenges in our key programmes".



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CoGHSTA celebrates Heritage Month

CoGHSTA Staff Members gathered at the Department's Headquarters in Polokwane to celebrate Heritage Month where the province's diverse cultures were in full display. The CoGHSTA family resembled the colours of the rainbow as they marked the occasion with beautiful traditional attire to commemorate and mark the end of Heritage Month.



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CoGHSTA staff commemorates colleagues who perished during to COVID-19 pandemic

Soothing hymns echoed the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs' Hensa Towers Foyer, as staff members gathered in remembrance of colleagues who passed on during the Covid-19 Pandemic. In a somber voice, MEC Makamu shared his memories of some of the late colleagues he knew. "It is unfortunate, that this dreadful virus took lives of our beloved colleagues who had skills, energy and determination to move this department forward. As we heartfully remember them, may their Soul Rest in Peace" he consoled.



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MEC Makamu meets with the Municipal Demarcation Board

The MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu met with the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) at the Department's Headquarters in Polokwane on Thursday, 21 July 2022. The aim of the meeting was to update the MEC on the progress regarding matters related to the 2022-2024 programme for the determination and re-determination of municipal boundaries; including: a. Section 22 (2) requests (previous cases) regarding municipal boundary amalgamations, as recorded by MDB. b. Current proposals and submissions received for minor and major boundary re - determinations which are on record for consideration. c. Boundary redetermination timelines. d. Envisaged role of the Province in the process.



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Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders elects Hosi Pheni Ngove as its new Chairperson

The 11th of July 2022 marked an auspicious day in the Traditional Leadership space as Local Houses of Traditional Leaders attended the 6th Reconstitution of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders elections. The event took place at Thulamela Local Municipality Chambers in Thohoyandou. In attendance were the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu and Limpopo High Court Judge President, Ephraim Makgoba who sworn in the newly elected executive members of the respective Houses of Traditional Leadership.

In the secret ballot elections coordinated by the Independent Electoral Commission, the Executive House was elected as follows: Chairperson: Hosi Cypriam Pheni Ngove Deputy Chairperson: Kgoshi Boleu Harry Rammupudu Executive Member: Kgoshigadi Mmakgatle Lydia Masemola Executive Member: Kgoshi Oliver Kibi Lebogo Executive Member:Hosi Shitlhangoma Errick Chauke Additionally, the following delegates were elected to represent the Limpopo House nationally which will be reconstituted in due course: Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale (Leader of the delegation),Hosi Mlungisi Ntsanwisi (Representative) and Thovhele Abhatendi Rambuda (Representative).



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Thovhele Mulatedzi Netshimbupfe reigns Tshimbupfe community

The Village of Tshimbupfe in the Collins Chabane Municipality was basked in a wave of jubilation as Thovhele Mulatedzi Netshimbupfe was officially inaugurated as their Senior Traditional Leader on Friday, 08 July 2022.

Community members came in large numbers as they gathered to witness the inauguration of their new Senior Traditional Leader.Standing in for the Limpopo Premier, Mr Chupu Mathabatha was the MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu who congratulated Thovhele Netshimbupfe "We are here to recognize you Thovhele Netshimbupfe as a Senior Traditional Leader of Tshimbupfe. We as government, led by Premier Mathabatha can only recognize what the family has decided

We have no powers to appoint a Senior Traditional Leader. This is why we do not encourage Royal families to go to courts to resolve divisions. As government, we want to preserve and protect our special culture. Help us by working together as royal families, discuss matters and remain united. There is still much to be done to help create an environment that will be conducive for economic growth and employment opportunities for your people". He said. In response, Thovhele Netshimbupfe has vowed to work hand in hand with key stakeholders to bring development to his village.



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MEC Makamu Inaugurates Thovhele Khakhu

Scores of people from Khakhu and surrounding villages attended the Inauguration Ceremony of Thovhele Nyaweleni Khakhu.

The Ceremony took place on Friday, 24 June 2022 at Khakhu Village, Thulamela Local Municipality. Speaking on behalf of the Premier, the MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu congratulated Thovhele Khakhu and called for unity and stability amongst members of the royal family.

"A divided royal family will divide the community. A community without a leader is like a flock of sheep without a shepherd. As government, our doors are open to assist". Makamu further said royal families should refrain from going to court whenever they are faced with disputes.



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Limpopo Rental Housing Tribunal-A champion for the rights of tenants and landlords

In an effort to protect tenants and landlords against unfair and unlawful housing rental practices, the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGSHTA) established the Limpopo Rental Housing Tribunal in terms of the Rental Housing Act no. 50 of 1999.

The statutory body's objectives also include promoting the resolution of disputes without recourse to courts while ensuring timeous and effective resolution of complaints lodged. It is through this body that tenants and landlords are educated regarding their rights and obligations.

The Limpopo Rental Housing Tribunal provides free services to tenants and landlords in the province that range from receiving and investigating complaints, the informal facilitation of agreements, resolving of disputes through mediation and hearing to provision of advice and information regarding lease agreements. The Rental Housing Tribunal consists of seven (07) members



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Meet New Members of the Housing Advisory Panel aders in the Province

The Housing Advisory Panel was established in terms of Limpopo Housing Act, 2006 (ACT 2 OF 2006). The Panel consists of five members who must have knowledge, qualifications or experience in the field of housing development.

The functions of the panel are: (a) to advise the MEC on the Provincial Housing Policy and Strategy and viability of all housing development plans; (b) to serve as a consultative forum for external role-players to be involved in the policy formulation process for the purpose of informed decision-making; (c) to conduct and manage investigations requested by the MEC for the purpose of informed decision-making; and (d) to perform any other function concerning housing matters which the MEC refers to the Panel.

A member of the Panel must have one or more of the following skills: (a) sufficient knowledge of the national and provincial housing legislation; policy; and strategy; (b) expertise in low income housing finance; (c) technical knowledge of residential township development and housing construction relating to standards and planning; (d) legal expertise regarding contracts and conveyancing aspects of housing development; (e) practical experience regarding project implementation, planning, township establishment, engineering services, provisioning and costing of housing products; (f) experience in community development and communication of the community's interest in housing development; and (g) expertise regarding housing development in support of agricultural activities or rural development.



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Deputy President engages with Traditional Leaders in the Province

The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr David Mabuza met with Traditional Leaders on Thursday, 03 March 2022 at Bolivia Lodge. Mabuza was meeting Magoshi in his capacity as a Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Task Team established to respond to issues raised by Traditional Leaders. The task team was established by President Cyril Ramaphosa to ensure that government is responsive to the concerns of Traditional Leaders as an integral part of the country's constitutional democracy. Speaking during the meeting, Mabuza said: "This is a continuation of the engagements we had with you in December 2021 and January 2022.

"I am happy you were able to take part in this engagement today as it is an indication that you are committed in working with government to find lasting solutions to issues that affect this key stakeholder. After meeting all the traditional leaders across the country, we will then come up with a clear plan of action that we will seek to address challenges that you are faced with. We will categorize all the issues and come up with deadlines. We will mobilize all the key stakeholders and we will keep our promise, we will not fail. All your challenges have reached the Office of the President and he has assigned me to see to it that we work together to find lasting solutions. The role that you play is very crucial and we want to you to continue working without undue hindrances. We are ready to provide you with the support you need in ensuring that you continue delivering quality services to our people".

"Premier Stan Mathabatha reassured Traditional Leaders that government acknowledges the pivotal role they play in developing communities. "I want to assure you that we take issues facing traditional leaders seriously. We discourage the politicizing of Traditional Leadership. We want Bogoshi to remain a respectable entity that is supposed to be a Custodian of our Culture and Tradition"

The MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu said: "I am happy we are able to sit down in this manner and tackle issues that you face as Traditional Leaders. Traditional leadership has been there since the beginning of time. Your role cannot be downplayed, it is an institution that is as old as tradition itself. Working together, we shall overcome all these challenges".

The Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale thanked government for the support and said all the challenges will be resolved if all the key stakeholders are on board.



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MEC'S MAKAMU AND BOSHIELO HAND-OVER TABLETS TO MATSAMBU CLASS OF 2021

During every educational journey, specific difficulties are bound to spring up, but it takes an inward drive fuelled by different motivational factors, to be able to overcome these difficulties. MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu accompanied by the MEC for Education, Ms. Polly Boshielo made a relief and handed over tablets on the 4th June 2021 to 76 Grade12 learners of Matsambu High School, Nkuri village in the Greater Giyani Municipality.

"It is joyous to experience the completion of a particular level of education, especially Grade 12. My memories a greatly revived to see educators who taught and gave me guidance until I receive grade12 in this school some years back. I'm personally overwhelmed today as I hand-over these gadgets as gesture of ploughing back and investing in the future learning career of Matsambu Class of 2021." said Makamu.

"Educators are highly crucial motivational and guiding tools. In fact, one can argue that they are at the front line of motivating you as learners to greater educational heights. They are not only required to have the ability to educate, but also the ability to motivate you every time they interact" said Boshielo

In addition to the tablets given, the school also received a borehole with a 20000 litres reservoir water tank which donated by Mapondo Tanks. In conclusion, the event was also graced by the Mayor of Greater Giyani Local Municipality, Cllr. B.A Shivhambu and Executive Management of Matsambu High School led by the Headmaster, Mr. B.M Baloyi



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LIMPOPO GOVERNMENT OFFERS A TRACTOR, FOUR (4) COWS AND A BULL TO TRADITIONAL LEADERS

As the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders officially opened for the 2021/22 financial year, Premier of the Province, Chupu Stanley Mathabatha highlighted the value that Traditional Leadership added to the development of communities in the Province.

"I cannot over stress the point that in Limpopo most of government's development programs and initiatives take place on a land that is under the jurisdiction of Traditional Leadership and I always interact with this House with the full awareness of the strategic role which Traditional Leaders occupy in our communities," said Premier Mathabatha.

Premier Mathabatha presented that there will be an allocation of R57 Million and R5 Million this financial year for the construction and refurbishment of traditional council offices and procurement of furniture for 21 traditional council Offices respectively.

The Premier of the Province further acknowledged that Traditional Leaders were the ones responsible for feeding the poor in their communities. "As the Premier of the province, I degree that, all Traditional Leaders to be appointed from now moving forward, will receive a brand new and fully equipped tractor for ploughing, added with four cows and one bull. This initiative is aimed at making sure that traditional councils revive their culture of feeding the poor in our communities." He concluded.

While welcoming the programs scheduled for the 2021/22 financial year, Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale expressed how some cultural practices that the House oversees such as the operation of Initiation Schools have been suspended due to the Coronavirus Pandemic this winter season.

"The Coronavirus Pandemic has not only hindered some cultural practices in communities but has also taken the lives of several Traditional Leaders. We would like to send our deepest condolences to all traditional councils, communities and families who lost their loved ones," he said sadly.



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AT LAST HOSI MUSA "KING STAPURA II" XIGALO WAS INAUGURATED

Hoyo hoyo! Homu homu! These were of Charlotte Maxeke. This celebration makes there ululations of a thrilled Xigalo us proud to be Africans" said MEC Makamu.H community when Musa Baldwin"

Amongst the dignitaries, Chairperson of the King Stapura II " Xigalo Maluleleke was Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, inaugurated by Hosi Shilungwa Mhinga and Kgoshi Malisela Dikgale pronounced that the handed a certificate of recognition on behalf Initiation Schools in the Province have been of the Premier Of Limpopo ,Mr Chupu postponed for this current winter season due Mathababa by the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr to Covid-19 pandemic and a short period of Basikopo Makamu on the 22 May 2021, at ka- school recess. Xigalo in the Collins Chabane Municipality. The event was graced by Executive Mayor of This event has been postponed several times Vhembe District, Cllr.

Dowelani Nenguda, a since March 2020 due to Covid-19. Giving a well renowned political analyst, Prof. Tinyiko keynote address "We are gathered here Maluleke, and Traditional Leaders across today as we celebrate and inaugurate Hosi Collins Chabane municipality. Generally, the Musa Baldwin Xigalo Maluleleke event was a success. "Mun'wanati" during the African Month. The year of Arts, Culture



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MEC Makamu applauds officials for a sterling work in supporting municipalities

Polokwane-The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements & Traditional Affairs(CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu had a meeting with Officials from the Directorate, Municipal Finance on Monday, 10 May 2021.

The meeting held at the Department's headquarters in Polokwane was aimed at congratulating the officials (both from Municipal Finance and Municipal Performance Monitoring & Evaluation) for the execution of a sterling work to support municipalities. Speaking during the meeting, MEC Makamu said: "I am the one who specifically requested the HOD's Office to organize this session because I have realized that it is important for us to meet so I can personally express my gratitude to you for the outstanding work you are doing in municipalities.

The Local Government sphere in our country is critical in our government's commitment to provide adequate services to our people. It is the mechanism that drives the improvement of social, economic and environmental viability and sustainability for our people. It brings me great pleasure today to congratulate you for the work that you have done in bringing our municipalities a giant leap closer to attaining all round healthy audit outcomes. It is on the basis of your hard work that we have witnessed a significant improvement of audit outcomes in municipalities, with only 1 adverse and no disclaimer in the Province. The number of unqualified audit outcomes has increased tremendously".

The HOD for the Department, Ms Ngaka Dumalisile also shared the MEC's sentiments and congratulated the team for the sterling work. "I am proud of you. The undivided commitment you give to your work is acknowledged and appreciated. You really are public servants of a special kind, a special breed of public servants who do not just do the ordinary, but are willing and prepared to go beyond the call of duty in discharging their work. We are here to say thank you, for carrying out your work in ways that demonstrate honesty, loyalty, creativity and innovativeness".

The session also offered the team and opportunity to interact with the MEC and share challenges they come across in their line of duty.

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MEC Makamu pays his last respect to Kgoshi Andries Malatji Makhushane III

Makhushane - Mourners sang mournfully as they paid their last respect to the late Kgoshi Makatikele Andries Malatji also known as Kgoshi Makhushane of the Ba-Phalaborwa Traditional Authority who passed on the 1st of May 2021.

Speaking during the funeral service, held at Ga-Makhushane, Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality on Saturday, 15 May 2021, Limpopo Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) MEC, Basikopo Makamu said the late Kgoshi Malatji was a leader of a special kind. He appealed to other Traditional Leaders to follow the admirable example set by the late Kgoshi with regard to bring development in the communities.

"We are here today to bid farewell to the late Kgoshi who was a leader of a rare breed and his death has robbed the community of Ga-Makhushane, Limpopo and South Africa of a great leader. Issues of community development were very close to his heart and he made sure that he involved all the stakeholders. The late Kgoshi reigned for over two decades, and during his tenure he was instrumental in the establishment of disability centres, creches, clinics, RDP houses and other social amenities. We really wish to appeal to members of the Royal Family to remain united, to follow in the late Kgoshi's footsteps because he believed in unity. You must always speak in one voice". said Makamu.

In conclusion, the Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale said the people of Ga-Makhushane have lost a One- of-a-Kind leader who always prioritized the needs of his community first. Dikgale also urged the Royal Family to be united. He saluted the late Chief for his involvement in Community Structures.

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MEC Makamu attends to service delivery challenges in Musina

The MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu attended to service delivery challenges raised by residents during a Public Participation Programme in Musina. The Public Participation that took place at Nancefield New Hall on Friday, 6 November 2020 had representatives from stakeholders such as Older Persons, Musina Council of Churches, Musina Farmers' Association, Persons Living with disabilities, Small Business, Youth and Arts & Culture Council voicing out their challenges to CoGHSTA MEC.

Residents pleaded with the MEC to intervene on issues of illegal occupation of immigrants in the majority of RDP's in Nancefield. The cutting-off of water and electricity remains a challenge in Extension 07 and 14. Mr Jeffery Makhura, a representative from the Musina Farmers' Association thanked the MEC for taking time from his schedule to hear what the challenges of the community of Nancefield are."As farmers in Musina, we plead that our requests for water and electricity to be connected not only in Nancefield but at our farms also be met," he said.

In response to the issues raised, MEC welcomed all the challenges raised and assured residents that with regard to illegal occupation of houses, a verification process of house owners will be done to determine if occupants of the houses are indeed owners of the houses. "With regards to the disconnection of water and electricity in Extensions 7 and 14, a contractor has already been appointed to reconnect water and electricity in two weeks' time on or before the 30th of November 2020." He assured residents. MEC Makamu ended the engagement with residents of Musina by promising to forward other issues recorded to sister departments.


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MEC vows to Matt. 22: 14 to floundering contractors

The Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs appointed 39 Contractors in March this year. MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr. Basikopo Makamu, in his opening address, quoted a Bible Verse in Mathews 22: 14 " Many are called ,but few are Chosen" He was referring to the appointed Contractors chosen to execute the departmental work ,but never delivered a single completed house to date. Makamu never minced his words when addressing Senior Officials of the Department and Contractors in a meeting which took place on the 09th November 2020 at Park Inn Hotel in Polokwane. Makamu was agitated by the outcome of the report from ISHS since the appointment of 39 Low-Cost Housing Contractors in March 2020 had a zero-service delivery. Notwithstanding the pandemic, the contractors took site almost three months ago.

To date, most of them are still languishing and recording zero in terms of progress on site. Challenges were raised, just to mention a few where most of them emanated from exorbitant "Lotsha Fee" imposed by various Senior Traditional Leaders in the Province which they demand R5000 for 02 units in an area. Lack building materials like cement and water is also contributing to the garden snail pace of completing 3401 housing units this financial year.

In the Midst, the HoD of the CoGHSTA, Ms. Ngaka Dumalisile introduced the new Deputy Director General (DDG) of Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements(ISHS), Mr. Freddy Tshivhengwa. An Engineer by Profession and Former Municipal Manager of Makhado Local Municipality. On her remarks, "We are here to take stock of what is happening on the ground. Your appointment was disturbed by Covid-19. This made us to be in the woods and we are still not yet out" She said. She indicated the withdrawal of 500 housing units to contribute to the Covid-19 pandemic. She was deeply concerned about the slow pace of construction. "Our challenges are your challenges, and your challengers are our challenges" She said. In closing, the newly appointed DDG, Mr Tshivhengwa also Cracked the Whip by making a call to Contractors to take their responsibilities very serious with diligence.


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COGHSTA MEC delivers an early Christmas present to the Sebulela family.

Having struggled for years living in a shack, Lucy Sebulela' s housing woes have been solved as CoGHSTA MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu in partnership with the First Lady Trust Ms. Maggie Mathabatha officially handed her a fully furnished house. Residing in Mahlakwena Village, Fetakgomo-Tubatse Local Municipality, Ms Lucy Sebulela who is living with a disability expressed her difficulty in making ends meet as she lives with her 15 dependants in a shack.

Giving his address during the handing over ceremony, MEC Makamu said it was his pleasure to provide the Sebulela Family a proper shelter as per the Freedom Charter "There Should Houses, Security and Comfort". "I would further like to thank the donor and First Lady Trust for joining hands with government to assist the Sebulela Family speedily as the cramped living conditions of this Family posed a high risk of them infecting each other with Covid-19," he said.

Offering her message of support on the day, the First Lady, Ms Mathabatha said she was thankful that Sebulela Family finally has a house she can be proud of. "Having a proper home gives anyone dignity. It is with happiness that we were able to afford the Sebulela Family a home they can live in with pride," she said.

The First Lady of the Province further expressed her confidence in MEC Makamu's leadership and thanked him for his efforts of taking care of the destitute families across the Province. Mme Sebulela could not contain her happiness as she finally entered her fully furnished 03 bedroomed house. "I thank all parties that were involved in making my dream house a reality enough. My children and I have suffered a great deal and it is very fulfilling to see government coming to our rescue," said Sebulela. The MEC also shared his Birthday Cake with the Sebulela Family and residents of Mahlakwena.


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MEC Makamu held a session with Community Development Workers.

Mogalakwena - As part of the Department's initiative to improve and reinforce its quality assurance on service delivery, MEC Makamu met with Community Development Workers (CDWs) in Waterberg District to close the gaps which hinders service delivery and to address ways and means which will enable service delivery to reach communities with ease. Speaking during the meeting held at Mokopane on Monday, 19 October 2020, MEC Makamu commended them for the hard work they display in serving communities even in the most difficult sensitive terrain. "You are indeed our foot soldiers who go all out to ensure that the communities you serve are provided services that government provides" he said.

The Acting District Coordinator, Ms. Thereza Lebese thanked the MEC for making time and prioritizing issues facing CDWs. She gave a report on the status of the District. Lebese indicated that she is happy that the Department is working with Municipalities and all Sector Departments to address some of the challenges they raised in previous meetings.

MEC Makamu also acknowledged the presented report and alluded that CDW's deserve to be working in an environment that is conducive at all material times. After the meeting, the MEC proceeded to Skilpad Village (ward 7) and Skrekfontein (ward 8) of Mogalakwena Municipality for an oversight visit as part of the Department's intervention on Human Settlements Projects across the Province.


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A Major Storm Disaster leaves one dead in Mopani District

Following major floods and storms that affected several villages within the Mopani District, MEC for Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Basikopo Makamu was paying homage and conveying a message of condolence to the Sebopetsa Family whom their child passed on due to the storm disaster over the weekend. In addition, he also visited the 11 affected villages to assess and mitigate the extent of damage.


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MEC Makamu publicly hand-over Rambuda Traditional Council Office

Traditional leadership is closest to the people and represents the first layer of governance. A state of art office was officially handed over by the MEC of CoGHSTA, Mr Basikopo Makamu accompanied by the MEC of Public Works, Roads & Infrastructure, Dr. Monicca Mochadi to Rambuda Traditional Council Office on Saturday, 14 March 2020. The brand-new Traditional Council Office has opened its doors of access to service delivery to ease community from travelling long distances.


service delivery to ease community from travelling long distances. Speaking during the event, on behalf of the Premier, MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr. Basikopo Makamu said the handing over of the Traditional Council Office is part of government's mission to support the institution of Traditional Leadership which represents over 80% of people in this province.
He continued by saying that the Office will benefit community, traditional council and different government stakeholders and other sister departments.
He said the Premier of the Province in his State of The Province Address, spoke about Government recognizing Traditional Royal Leadership. "We will continue to support our traditional councils by building nice offices like this." said Makamu. "Supporting this institution is therefore part of deepening participatory democracy and enhancing service delivery to rural communities". He added.


In conclusion MEC for CoGHSTA urged the community to take the precautions about the Corona Virus, and indicated that we must always wash hands with soap and water, no need to buy expensive sanitizers.
The official handing over of the new Rambuda Traditional Council was also graced by among others, His Majesty King Mphephu Ramabulana, Senior Traditional Leaders and the Indunas.


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LMF fortifies the Terms of Reference (TOR) and Statement of Commitment (SOC)

LMF fortifies the Terms of Reference (TOR) and Statement of Commitment (SOC) Polokwane - In an unremitting determination to ensure that there is cooperation and partnership between the Department and the Labour Unions, HOD
Ngaka Dumalisile solidified the Terms of Reference and the Statement of Commitment with the labour Unions on how the Labour Management Forum (LMF) should run. Speaking during the LMF held at the Department's headquarters on Wednesday, 26 February 2020, Dumalisile said: "I am happy we are


able to sit down with the Forum, agree, formalize and approve the Terms of Reference. Labour Management Forums are critical for bringing Labour Unions and Management together, to ensure that the interests of the employees are promoted and also enhance workplace efficiency. A forum of this nature ensures there is communication and participation in the decision-making process. For us to meet our targets, continue delivering quality services to
"Many are born of royal blood but only one can be a Senior Traditional Leader" he said. He urged him to serve his community with love and respect in order to maintain a good reputation for traditional leadership.
our people, we need employees that are well taken care of and we can only achieve that if we work together with all the relevant stakeholders including the Labour Management Forum.
We all have a responsibility to ensure that the Forum is well constituted".Finally the HoD, PSA and Nehawu finally signed the ToR and SoC.


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HA-Mutsha Community Elated Over the Inauguration of Vho-Thovhele Mugivhi

HA-Mutsha Community Elated Over the Inauguration of Vho-Thovhele Mugivhi Having had no Senior Traditional Leader for years, the Community of Ha-Mutsha, Thondoni and surrounding villages cheered and ululated the inauguration of Vho-Thovhele Joseph Mutheiwana Mugivhi.
Speaking during the event that was held on Friday, 14 February 2020, CoGHSTA MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu said that it was with great pride to officially inaugurate Vho-Thovhele Joseph Mutheiwana Mugivhi and award him his certificate in the presence of his elated community.


"The Department values the importance and role of traditional leaders in communities that is why I would like to commend the royal family to plump for the rightful heir to the throne and inaugurate him in a dignified manner, "he said.
The event was graced by the Vha-Venda King, His Majesty Toni Ramabulana who extend congratulatory remarks and message of support to 64 year old Joseph Mutheiwana Mugivhi.
"Many are born of royal blood but only one can be a Senior Traditional Leader" he said. He urged him to serve his community with love and respect in order to maintain a good reputation for traditional leadership.
The Vha-Venda King further added that he will be available to assist Vho-Thovhele Mugivhi where ever he comes across challenges in his reign.
The event concluded by Vho-Thovhele Joseph Mutheiwana Mugivhi parading on a Leopard skin to his community and all cheering with joy.


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MEC Makamu meets Community Development Workers

MEC Makamu meets Community Development Workers In an effort to come up with intervention strategies to deal with challenges faced by Community Development Workers (CDWs) in the Province, MEC Makamu had a meeting with them in Bolivia Lodge recently.


Speaking during the meeting, MEC said: "During my interaction with staff members, I once said that during my political tenure in the Department, I will ensure that it goes back to being a Multi-Award winning Department. This will only happen if all the branches that make up Team CoGHSTA are involved and capacitated. I hope and believe that it is during these type of meetings that we will be able to thresh out all challenges you face in your line of duty".


He commended CDWs for the hard work they put in serving communities under severe difficult conditions. "You are indeed foot soldiers who go all out to ensure that the communities you serve are exposed to services that government provides. You deserve to be applauded ," he said.


MEC Makamu also acknowledged that CDW's are operating and exposed to unconducive working conditions to an extent that they don't have office space to conduct their duties. Many issues were raised to be addressed with speed are amongst others; 174 vacant posts to be filled, lack of office space to conduct meetings and processing their work, lack of stationery , printers , photocopiers and laptops, provision of transport etc. In response to the challenges raised, Vhembe District Municipality Speaker, Cllr.Nkondo said that all the challenges raised will be escalated to the District and Provincial Speakers' Forum. "It is important that Community Development Workers and municipalities work hand in glove to move this Community Development Programme forward," she said.


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Nkomo residents welcome Hosi Mahumani as their Senior Traditional Leader

Premier Stanley Mathabatha, Hosi Mahumani and CoGHSTA MEC, Basikopo Makamu during the inauguration of Hosi Mahumani.

Despite the strong and dusty winds that blew across the Mahumani Sport Grounds on 04 October 2019, the community of Nkomo village still welcomed the inauguration of their Senior Traditional Leader, Hosi Khavhareni Aarone Mahumani with ululation songs and dances .

Wishing Hosi Mahumani a successful reign, Premier of the Province, Stanley Mathabatha described Hosi Mahumani as a man of wisdom and sharp intellect and expressed how inspiring it was to see a Traditional Leader installed in such a dignified fashion.

"The modern challenges that affect our communities require that our leaders be equal to the task. Part of being equal to the task is that our leaders must be sufficiently educated so they can be able to navigate the challenges," said the Premier.

In response to the messages of support he received throughout the day, Hosi Mahumani thanked all those that had attended his inaugural ceremony. "As a Senior Traditional Leader that is also a Christian, I pledge to work together with my community and government to develop my community," he concluded.


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MEC Makamu gives Lephalale catalytic projects special attention

The MEC for the Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu is adamant to ensure that all projects within the department run smoothly in line with the timeframes. To achieve the above, MEC Makamu made his way to Lephalale on 23 September 2019 to track progress of the two catalytic projects in Altoostyd -Lephalale Integrated Human Settlements Project (IHSP) and Marapong Community Residential Units respectively as a build up to his 100 days in office.

During his site visit on the two multi-million rand projects , MEC Makamu walked around the two sites where he also engaged with the project construction workers on their work and challenges thereof. "These two projects are part of government's renewed commitment and constitutional stipulation in reducing backlog and providing quality human settlements to beneficiaries, that is why constant progress checks and updates should be done to ensure that they are completed smoothly on or before 31 March 2020 as expected," he said.


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Maseke Community elated over the Inauguration of Kgoshigadi Malatji

As rain clouds gathered, so did the Community Members of Maseke Village under the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality to witness the Inauguration of their Kgoshigadi, Mapula Rossley Malatji on Saturday, 7 September 2019. Addressing elated Community Members on the day, MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Basikopo Makamu outlined that the "Constitution of the Republic South Africa, 1996, Chapter 12 recognizes the Institution of Traditional Leadership and today we are here to witness and support the Institution of Traditional Leadership through this Inauguration," he said.

MEC Makamu advised Hosi Malatji to take over from where her late brother, Kgoshi Gabriel Malatji left off and work hand in hand with her people in an effort to transform the community as he did. He concluded by saying that: "As you assume the crown Acting Kgoshigadi, the country is in the grips of violence like we have never seen before. Violent scenes play themselves daily in the media. There is violence against women and children. There is violence against our people from other countries in Africa. For us to make a success in the New Dawn of the 6th Administration, we have to cleanse the mud of violence enveloping our country to pave the way to the revival of the our economy. This is where you come in Kgoshigadi, this is where Premier Mathabatha comes in, and this is where President Ramaphosa comes in. Leaders must lead," he said.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairperson of the Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale, Hosi Phylia N'wamitwa expressed how thankful she was that there was no dispute over who was to succeed the late Kgoshi Gabriel. "This should be a lesson to all the Royal Houses that there should be no fighting over the Chieftaincy. As the House, we would like to thank the Maseke Royal House for handling this matter in such a glorified and civil manner, " Hosi N'wamitwa said. In response to the flooding messages of support during the inaugural ceremony, Kgoshigadi Malatji said she was thankful that her family is in full support of her being the Traditional Leader. "As a leader, I pledge to respect my community despite my position as a Traditional Leader and expect the same from them," she concluded.


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MEC Makamu celebrates with CoGHSTA women contractors

Traditionally, the Construction Industry has been largely dominated by men and often perceived to be an Industry that is not ideally for women. Women today are seen infiltrating the industry in great numbers and are playing a pivotal role in the development of infrastructure in general.

As part of commemorating Women's Month, the Limpopo Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) hosted a Gala Dinner on the 14th of August 2019 at Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane. The event was attended by women, young and old, experienced and inexperienced in the Construction Industry.

The event which is the first of its kind afforded women contractors an opportunity to express their views, share best practices, challenges and also interact with the MEC. Speaking during the Gala Dinner, the MEC for the Department echoed that "The Department is ready and willing to assist Female Contractors. I urge all women who are in this field, not to look down upon another but, always try to uplift one another". MEC Makamu said.

MEC Makamu went further to say he will not rest until all the planned projects are implemented and women should also benefit. He applauded women for shaping the Construction Industry with tremendous dedication and energy in the Province.

He also highlighted the fact that the Department is serious about its core business and it will not tolerate corruption. "The is no room for corruption in the Department. I do not want a situation where public servants behave like tollgates. Public Servants must work and do not expect kickbacks or bribes from contractors and service providers". He said

Ms Mantombi Maphanzela of Abigail Developers shared some of the best practices with the contractors. "I encourage all women to put your all into it. The Construction Industry is vast and complicated at the same time but you need to prioritize and remember there is no ownership without responsibility. If you do not like getting your hands dirty then this Industry is not for you. As a Contractor you must avoid a situation where you run projects remotely, you must go on site and be hands on. If it means you must knock off at one o' clock in the morning, then you must do that. Do not take short cuts. For us to grow we must join forces, support and empower each other". She said.

The Gala Dinner ended in a jubilee mood of networking and dancing amongst Women Contractors in celebration of Women's Month.


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MEC's highlights on the 2019/20 Departmental Budget.

The 25th of July marked as an auspicious day as newly appointed MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) tabled the department's 2019/20 budget at the Lebowakgomo, Legislative Chambers. In his speech, MEC Basikopo Makamu presented a budget of a total of R 2 720 467 000 broken down as follows: Administration R 387 262 000, Human settlements, R 1 476 830 000, Cooperative Governance R315 124 000 and Traditional Institutional Development R 541 251 000.

He highlighted that the budget allocated is aimed at:

  • Providing effective leadership in strategic planning of the department, management and administrative support to the core functions of the Department.
  • Ensuring the provision of housing development, access to adequate accommodation in relevant well located areas, access to basic services and access to social infrastructure and economic opportunities.
  • Providing technical and oversight support to municipalities in terms of implementing their mandates. This is pursued through the following sub programmes: development planning, municipal infrastructure development, local governance support, democratic governance and disaster management and,
  • Supporting the institution of Traditional Leadership to operate within the context of Co-operative Governance. Key and of central importance to this budget is to realise our vision for integrated and sustainable human settlements.
  • In the 2019/20 budget report, the CoGHSTA MEC said the Department will build and handover 5579 housing units in Urban and Rural areas, inclusive of the Military Veterans. "In addition to the planned 5579 housing units, we have planned to increase the number of Community Residential Units (CRU) at Marapong from 250 to 332 units. Upon completion, the Marapong Community Residential Unit (CRU) is planned to deliver 514 units inclusive of civil infrastructure installation of water, sewer, roads and electricity. The project has been rolled over into the current financial year and is expected to be completed by 31 March 2020," reported.

    MEC Makamu stressed on how the Department will continue to play a supporting role and oversee municipalities in the province. He alluded that this financial year, the Department will get municipal councillors especially ward councillors to hold community feedback sessions, monitor and submit reports on the functionality of ward committees, conduct mid-year assessments of councillors, come up with decisive intervention in municipalities where there is political instability and develop a provincial policy to standardize ward committee stipends. Makamu further reported on the strides made in the previous financial year with regard to traditional leadership institution.

    "I am delighted to announce that the following Traditional Council Offices were refurbished; Nyavana (Mabunda), Pheeha, Batlhabine, Mamaila Mphotwane, Mametja, Hlaneki, Bungeni, Nkidikitlana, Babirwa, Seakamela, Mathabatha, Manthata, Maja, Seloane, Bakopa Rammupudu, Bantwana, and Matlala Ramoshebo," he boasted. Adding to that, MEC Makamu said the Department is committed to constructing seven (7) new offices. The construction of the offices is underway in six (6) of the above mentioned Traditional Councils and planned to be completed by November this year while the seventh one has been rolled over to this financial year as procurement processes could not be finalized. "A total of thirty three (33) traditional council offices will be provided with R5 million worth of furniture during the 2019/20 financial year," he concluded. Please refer to departmental communication platforms for the full 2019/20 budget speech.

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    MEC Makamu receives a warm welcome from team COGHSTA

    Polokwane - Officials of the Department waited in excitement at the foyer of Hensa Towers to finally meet their new MEC, Mr Basikopo Makamu on the 30th of May 2019. Having held a series of meetings from the morning with Executive Management, SMS Members and Labour Union representatives of the Department, MEC Makamu saved the most important meeting with officials for last. Delivering his first official address to CoGHSTA staff, the newly appointed MEC expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he had received.

    Addressing the residents of Extension 78, Minister Mfeketo said the government enshrines proper housing in the Constitution as a basic human right.
    "The provision of free human settlements to citizens is an indication that we are indeed a caring government. We plan to build 500 000 units with the assistance of private partners." she said.
    The Human Settlements Minister further urged residents to address service delivery challenges with Ward Councillors and the municipality instead of taking matters in their own hands.

    He highlighted that from the engagements held with Executive Management, SMS Members and labour unions, he will be more than ready to listen and work closely with them in resolving all pertinent issues and collectively focus on service delivery as way forward. "I believe in using any possible, alternative way in finding solutions to challenges in the Department to maintain its reputation of being an award winning department.

    With the necessary support from HOD Dumalisile, Executive Management and members of staff, we will work together to uproot corruption in municipalities and the Department as this delays the process of service delivery," he said. Adding to that, MEC Makamu further touched on working with Labour Unions in boosting staff's morale, working with traditional leadership in resolving disputes at traditional councils and the filling of vacant posts in the department. In conclusion, the CoGHSTA MEC vowed to work tirelessly and around the clock to address challenges faced by the Department.


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    Traditional leaders & stakeholders yet to deliver another successful 2019/20 Limpopo initiation schools season

    Traditional leaders and stakeholders yet to deliver another successful 2019/20 Limpopo initiation schools season. In an effort to share challenges and ensuring that correct procedures are followed, Traditional Leaders and Stakeholders put heads together to deliver another 2019 successful initiation school season. Initiation practice should be in line with Limpopo Initiation Schools Act 6 of 2016 and Limpopo Initiation Schools Regulations of 2019 in terms of compliance etc. The Workshop that took place on Thursday, 23 May 2019 at Bolivia Lodge in Polokwane had traditional leaders, healers, headmen, heads of initiation schools and the newly appointed MEC for the Department, Mr. Basikopo Makamu.

    Addressing the residents of Extension 78, Minister Mfeketo said the government enshrines proper housing in the Constitution as a basic human right.
    "The provision of free human settlements to citizens is an indication that we are indeed a caring government. We plan to build 500 000 units with the assistance of private partners." she said.
    The Human Settlements Minister further urged residents to address service delivery challenges with Ward Councillors and the municipality instead of taking matters in their own hands.

    A total number of the approved initiation schools is 327 (189 males and 138 females). About 66 applications for initiation schools were declined. The Limpopo Initiation Schools Season will run from the 7 June 2019 to 14 July 2019. Kgoshi Dikgale advised those whose applications were not successful to follow the right processes to appeal than to force issues and open illegal initiation schools as the law will take its course. Makamu expressed how energised he is to meet Traditional Leaders." I understand that the Premier appointed me knowing that there are challenges in traditional councils and I plan to tackle those challenges with you.

    I promise not to spend my days in the office but at traditional councils where we will work together and come up with solutions to some of the challenges you are facing," he assured delegates. Limpopo House of Traditional Leaders Chairperson, Kgoshi Malesela Dikgale wished delegates nothing but, the best in the 2019/20 initiation season and further urged them to follow the correct procedures when conducting initiation. "Limpopo is not only known for its high number of approved initiation schools but, hosting the most successful and death free initiation season," he said.
    Kgoshi Rammupudu emphasized that the presence of the delegates in large numbers clearly reflects that traditional leaders treasure this cultural practice and do not want it to fade. "Last year, 50375 initiates enrolled in schools and there were no deaths reported. We hope that this season will also bring zero deaths initiates" said Rammupudu.


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    68 year Old Lebepe Takes Pride in his New Stunning Home

    68 year old William Lebepe and his wife could not hold their excitement when Human Settlements Minister, Nomaindia Mfeketo and CoGHSTA MEC , Jerry Ndou paid them a visit to officially cut the ribbon to their newly built house. The event, that took place in Polokwane Extension 78 on the 12th of April 2019 also served as an official launch of the new housing plan that will be built for beneficiaries from now henceforth.

    Addressing the residents of Extension 78, Minister Mfeketo said the government enshrines proper housing in the Constitution as a basic human right.
    "The provision of free human settlements to citizens is an indication that we are indeed a caring government. We plan to build 500 000 units with the assistance of private partners." she said.
    The Human Settlements Minister further urged residents to address service delivery challenges with Ward Councillors and the municipality instead of taking matters in their own hands.

    Speaking during the event, MEC Ndou thanked both sponsors for restoring the dignity of the two families. He said the task of housing the nation is a mammoth task and stakeholders need to partner with government to ensure that more and more human settlements are delivered to deserving beneficiaries.

    MEC Ndou shared the same sentiments as the Minister that indeed government is cares. He further expressed and appreciated the Minister for giving local government the necessary resources and support to build beautiful houses.
    William Lepebe expressed his gratitude to the Minister and MEC Ndou for officially handing over the house to him."I feel honoured and special that the Minister, MEC and my fellow ward 08 residents are here to witness the great work that our government is doing," he said joyfully.


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    CoGHSTA&partners provide"state of the art"shelter

    The MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Jerry Ndou was met with jubilation when he visited Tshikuwi and Mutititi villages outside Makhado on Thursday, 11 April 2019 to officially hand over two houses. The proud beneficiaries who have officially moved into their newly built homes are Samson Makhuthe, a 39 year-old visually impaired man from Tshikuwi and a single mother, Nthabiseng Mashula (39) from Mutititi.

    The Makhuthe house was donated by NHBRC's Innovative Building Technology as part of the Institution's responsibility to promote IBTs in South Africa, whereas the Mutititi house was donated by Zorah Khan Developers. Both these families lived in dilapidated houses for years before being afforded proper housing by the Department, NHBRC and Zorah Khan Developers which they can be proud of.

    Speaking during the event, MEC Ndou thanked both sponsors for restoring the dignity of the two families. He said the task of housing the nation is a mammoth task and stakeholders need to partner with government to ensure that more and more human settlements are delivered to deserving beneficiaries.

    Ndou urged young people to learn from Nthabiseng Mashula's son, Innocent (18) who stayed in a one roomed shack with his mother and younger sister. Innocent matriculated from Mulenga Secondary School in 2018 with seven distinctions and an average of 92, 7 %. He added that young people should never allow their backgrounds to prevent them from reaching their goals. The MEC thanked the community members who saw the plights of both families and ensured that they receive proper shelter.


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    Traditional Leadership in dialogue on the protection of Human Rights

    As the country celebrated Human Rights this month, the National Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) together with the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) hosted a Dialogue with Traditional Leadership on the Protection of Human Rights within traditional institutions and structures.

    Hosi Madonsi was appointed as a Senior Traditional Leader in 2005, but due to ongoing traditional disputes, he could not officially host a ceremony to celebrate. He spent years going in and out of commissions and courts, but finally he came out victorious and celebrated his rise to the throne.

    Under the theme, The year of Indigenous Languages: Promoting and Deepening a Human Rights Culture, the dialogue focused on the challenges faced by women and children ; the role they play in traditional leadership structures, the protection of human rights within the context of traditional communities , cultural practices , traditions and customs. Adding to that, presentations were made on the rights of women in structures of traditional leadership, traditional communities and royal families and, the right to practice your culture and religion within the context of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

    Delivering the keynote address, Minister Zweli Mkhize thanked Kgoshi Kgabo Moloto lll for allowing the dialogue to be hosted in his community. Our human rights are contained in the constitution, we therefore want to send a message that traditional leadership is not against but for the protection of human rights, he stressed .

    The Minister of CoGTA put more emphasis on the fact that the traditional institutions are the champions for the rights of women and children; the weak and disabled, and stressed that issues of violating human rights such as Uku thwala(unauthorised practices of initiation and the rape of especially the elderly, women and children) should come to an end. CoGHSTA MEC, Jerry Ndou said he was proud to have been part of the dialogue and will continue to support any initiative that aims to evolve traditional leadership structures so that it is in line with the constitution.

    Kgoshi Kgabo Moloto III expressed how pleased he was to host the dialogue on the protection of human rights for the first time. You made no mistake by coming to pilot this programme in Moletjie. I urge traditional leaders to engage the minister on issues affecting us and clear the negative stereo type that traditional leadership has no place in society or is a form of dictatorship, he said. In conclusion, Minister Mkhize assured all participants that their concerns and challenges will be addressed.


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    Madonsi Royal Family & Residents celebrate the long awaited Inauguration of their Chief

    The Madonsi Royal Family and residents closed the month of March with ululations as they celebrated the Inauguration of their Senior Traditional Leader, Hosi Wisani Hlungwani Madonsi. The celebration held at ka Madonsi Village just outside Malamulele on Friday, 29 March 2019 was a phenomenon and milestone to villagers as they had waited for 13 years to officially inaugurate their rightful chief.

    Hosi Madonsi was appointed as a Senior Traditional Leader in 2005, but due to ongoing traditional disputes, he could not officially host a ceremony to celebrate. He spent years going in and out of commissions and courts, but finally he came out victorious and celebrated his rise to the throne.

    Speaking during the ceremony, the MEC for CoGHSTA, Mr Jerry Ndou congratulated Hosi Madonsi and said: "We commit ourselves as government in all spheres , that, indeed we will work with you, Hosi, to achieve your vision of ensuring that your people receive, extension of water service to cover all the villages, tarring of roads, environmental affairs for protection of indigenous trees , introduce tourism, to build, with the assistance of the private sector, shopping complexes and to build Thusong service centers".

    Ndou further said Madonsi, should lead and be part of building a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. A South Africa that is prosperous, kind and caring. "Hi ri eka wena Hosi Madonsi, your wisdom is needed in society to say, it is not your culture that women get to remain marginalized, ignored, exploited and remain poorest and most disadvantaged in society you live and lead".

    Hosi Madonsi thanked members of the community for being patient and said he is prepared to work with them and all relevant stakeholders in ensuring that there is development in the community.


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    CoGHSTA and Molanco transforms a shack to a home for Tlou family

    Blessings came in the form of a newly build and fully furnished home for the Tlou family in Manenzhe village-Musina Municipality when the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs together with Molanco Trading Enterprise officially handed over the house to orphans, Emanuel, Morongoa and Sophie Tlou who were living in a two roomed dilapidated shack.

    Before cutting the ribbon to the house on the 18th of February 2019, MEC Ndou thanked Molanco for donating the house to the two young Tlou girls, Morongoa and Sophie who stayed alone as their brother had gone to look for work to support them.

    He further urged community members that were present at the handing over ceremony to not take advantage of the children but offer support where they can and raise them as their mother passed on in 2016.

    Sharing the same sentiments as the MEC, Vho Thovhele Mmbangiseni Manenzhe thanked all parties that had a hand in ensuring that the Tlou family have a decent roof over their heads. "I am honoured to be part of this special occasion and cannot thank the Department of CoGHSTA and Molanco Trading Enterprise enough for the donation made to the Tlou, child headed house hold," he said.

    Morongoa Tlou, who is currently in grade 10 expressed that their living conditions in the shack were unbearable."I still feel like it is a dream that today my sister and I will get to sleep in bedrooms that are well furnished, a decent kitchen and lounge," she said shyly.


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    MEC Ndou hands over title deeds to Musina residents

    Residents of Nancefield in Musina were on cloud nine following the receiving of title deeds. The 117 title deeds were handed over by the MEC for the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA), Mr Jerry Ndou on Monday, 18 February 2019 at Nancefield Community Hall, Musina Local Municipality.

    The Department has since 1994 handed over 200 000 low cost houses to deserving beneficiaries in Limpopo. The Musina residents have benefited from government's Registration and Endorsement (R&E) of Title Deeds for Low Cost Housing Properties Programme which was introduced through the Housing Code aimed at facilitating the transfer of post-1994 houses to qualifying beneficiaries. Through the Programme, the Department has transferred over 10 000 title deeds. MEC Ndou congratulated the recipients and said government is committed in ensuring RDP beneficiaries have title deeds as proof that they own the houses. He also ensured the residents that the Department will work around the clock in the delivery of more outstanding title deeds. Ndou urged the beneficiaries to continue taking good care of their properties. He also said government is committed to advance radical socio-economic transformation for the people to legal ownership of property.

    Martha Mbedzi (80) who stays at extension 9, thanked the MEC for the title deed and said she now has a peace of mind because she now has a paper which proves that the house indeed belongs to her.

    MEC Ndou also conducted a Public Participation to listen to the challenges faced by community members. Community members told the MEC that they are not taken serious by government since challenges on housing, sanitation, etc. are not as yet addressed. Some of the other issues they raised include illegal occupation of RDP houses by foreign nationals, unemployment and lack of clean drinking water. Ndou assured them that he will see to it that the issues they raised receive immediate attention.


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    How do I Access Free Basic Municipal Services?

    Free basic municipal services are services provided at no charge by the Government to poor households. The services currently include water and electricity. These services are provided by municipalities and include a minimum amount of electricity, water and sanitation that is sufficient to cater for the basic needs of a poor household.

    Only indigent households qualify for free basic services. Municipalities subject all applications to means tests to determine whether households meet the criteria set by the municipality to qualify for indigent status. Municipalities determine their own categories of subsidies. In some municipalities, households qualify for 100% subsidies while other qualify for less that 100% depending on the criteria set.

    • Free basic water
      Free basic water consists of at least a basic amount of 6 kl (6 000 l) of water per month per household. This amount may differ among municipalities and you should contact your municipality directly to find out exactly what the free basic water service is that they provide. You are required to pay for water that is used over and above the free supply.
    • Free basic electricity
      Free basic electricity of 50kWh per household per month for a grid-energy system (connected through the national electrification programme) is provided. This amount of electricity will be enough to provide basic lighting, basic water heating using a kettle, basic ironing and a small black and white TV and radio. Users who have pre-paid electricity meters will be able see when the free electricity is used up and will have to buy more electricity at their own expense. Users with conventional or credit meters will not be able to see easily when they have used up their units. They will be charged for additional use at the end of each month. Consumers who do not have access to grid electricity could be provided with non-grid electricity by their municipalities. You should contact your municipality to find out the type of alternative sources of energy provided.
    • Free basic sewerage and sanitation
      Free basic sewerage and sanitation Sewerage and sanitation as well as solid waste management are subsidised up to R50 per month or 100% subsidy to indigent households.

    To have electricity and water connected in your home or business premises, contact the municipality of the area in which you have a new home or business. In certain areas, the national supplier, Eskom, supplies electricity directly.


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    MEC Ndou embarks on the 2019 Back to School campaign
    As schools re-opened for the 2019 academic year, Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC, Jerry Ndou visited some of the best performing schools in the province.
    This forms part of government's Back to School campaign aimed at congratulating and encouraging best performing schools to maintain the standard and also coming up with interventions to challenges faced by underperforming schools on the other hand.
    While visiting Merensky high school (97%) and DZJ Mtebule High School (87.82%) in the Mopani District and Bathopele High School (92%) in the Waterberg District, MEC Ndou congratulated the schools on obtaining high percentage pass rate in the class of 2018.
    "As government, we appreciate the attitude that educators have when attending to learners and identifying passion and talent to ensure that they excel in their studies," he said. He further urged learners to keep up the good performance in order to make their institutions centres of excellence.

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    How do I Access Free Basic Municipal Services?

    Free basic municipal services are services provided at no charge by the Government to poor households. The services currently include water and electricity. These services are provided by municipalities and include a minimum amount of electricity, water and sanitation that is sufficient to cater for the basic needs of a poor household.

    Only indigent households qualify for free basic services. Municipalities subject all applications to means tests to determine whether households meet the criteria set by the municipality to qualify for indigent status. Municipalities determine their own categories of subsidies. In some municipalities, households qualify for 100% subsidies while other qualify for less that 100% depending on the criteria set.

    • Free basic water
      Free basic water consists of at least a basic amount of 6 kl (6 000 l) of water per month per household. This amount may differ among municipalities and you should contact your municipality directly to find out exactly what the free basic water service is that they provide. You are required to pay for water that is used over and above the free supply.
    • Free basic electricity
      Free basic electricity of 50kWh per household per month for a grid-energy system (connected through the national electrification programme) is provided. This amount of electricity will be enough to provide basic lighting, basic water heating using a kettle, basic ironing and a small black and white TV and radio. Users who have pre-paid electricity meters will be able see when the free electricity is used up and will have to buy more electricity at their own expense. Users with conventional or credit meters will not be able to see easily when they have used up their units. They will be charged for additional use at the end of each month. Consumers who do not have access to grid electricity could be provided with non-grid electricity by their municipalities. You should contact your municipality to find out the type of alternative sources of energy provided.
    • Free basic sewerage and sanitation
      Free basic sewerage and sanitation Sewerage and sanitation as well as solid waste management are subsidised up to R50 per month or 100% subsidy to indigent households.

    To have electricity and water connected in your home or business premises, contact the municipality of the area in which you have a new home or business. In certain areas, the national supplier, Eskom, supplies electricity directly.


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    CoGHSTA Bestows Best Human Settlements Role Players
    Each year, the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) strives to ensure that all the role players in the human settlements value chain in the province are honoured through the Govan Mbeki Awards. The elegant , black-tie gala held at Protea Hotel, The Ranch on the 25th of September 2018 had developers, contractors, building suppliers, community based organisations and professional associations with a the zest to build sustainable human settlements mingling over good music, food and drinks for the night. Delivering his keynote address, CoGHSTA MEC Jerry Ndou said that the Govan Mbeki Awards ceremony by the Department is not about honouring the real construction legends of the province, but also showing the youth and women of today on what they can execute and accomplish if they are dedicated and passionate to the course.

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    CoGHSTA equips its workforce with critical skills relevant for service delivery
    A total number of nineteen (19) CoGHSTA officials received certificates for having completed the AAT qualification (Level 3 Certificate: Accounting Technician (Public Sector) 2016/2017).The certificates were handed over during a prestigious ceremony at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng on Friday, 25 May 2018. The implementation of the Public Sector Accounting Learnership Programme was approved on the 17th of March 2016 following the awarding of the Discretionary Grant by Public Service Education and Training (PSETA) in partnership with Oxbridge Training Institute as a training service provider. The grant was awarded to twenty (20) employees, but Oxbridge Training Institute managed to enroll twenty nine (29) of which twenty (20) managed to complete the course and they were found competent in all modules. Out of the twenty that completed, one learner passed on. The General Manager for Accounting Technicians South Africa, Ms Nadine Kater congratulated the graduates and said they must not hang their qualifications on the wall, but they must use the skills they acquired to change the world. She said South Africans need to take their rightful place in the world and it is through education that they can achieve that. Ms Tinyiko Winnie Manganye, from the Directorate, Departmental Expenditure and Housing Finance is one of the employees who took part in the Learnership, she thanked the Department for giving her the opportunity and plans on studying further. She plans on proceeding to level four and five of the programme. Manganye encourages fellow colleagues to take part in the learnership. "I now fully understand my job through the course. The course is very detailed and assisted me to understand accounting". Another employee who was recruited for the programme is Ms Mamoloko Catherine Matjeka from the Directorate; Information Management (General Records).She found the programme to be very interesting, worthwhile and also plans to continue with the next levels.

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    Crocodile Warning and Preliminary Flood Statistics
    The MEC for Department of CoGHSTA, Clifford Motsepe would like to warn the people who are residing within the banks of the Limpopo River to be on the lookout for crocodiles

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