By: Otto Ngoveni
POLOKWANE – The Limpopo provincial Government convened a stakeholder engagement dialogue on Friday 1 September 2017 to give an update on efforts undertaken to stabilize Vuwani and surrounding areas within LIM 345.
The purpose of the dialogue held at The Ranch Hotel outside Polokwane, was to get inputs from all stakeholders on how to proceed in ensuring stability and sustainable provision of services within the affected areas and the entire municipality.
Limpopo provincial government spokesperson Phuti Seloba said all stakeholders that were invited were represented except the Pro-Makhado Task Team.
“Several meetings were held after the Presidential pronouncement made on 07 May 2017 that the Vhembe District Municipality should in the interim, provide services in affected wards on behalf of LIM 345”, said Seloba
Further engagement with all stakeholders within LIM 345 has been undertaken and participants were encouraged to submit their inputs, he added.
Seloba reiterates that government has always noted the challenges in Vuwani and through dialogue, committed to engage with different parties on the Vuwani impasse to find a lasting solution that will ensure stability in Vuwani and the surrounding areas.
He said in Friday’s meeting, the provincial government acknowledged that the deadlock on Vuwani was no longer taking a direction of demarcation as all legalities on demarcation had been exhausted.
Seloba said the government was committed to enhancing service delivery in the area.
Seloba said the absence of the Pro-Makhado Task Team at the Dialogue was regrettable. “An opportunity to discuss with other stakeholders and find a common solution to the challenges in Vuwani and the surrounding areas was unfortunately lost”.
Government also registered its disappointment with the planned shutdown and appealed to the Vuwani and surrounding community structures to ensure that their leaders got back to the negotiations.