Photo by Otto Ngoveni

By: Otto Ngoveni

GIYANI – Limpopo Premier Stanley Chupu Mathabatha handed over two wheelchairs and a cheque of R100 000 to a cooperative responsible for homebase care, a drop-in centre, a victim empowerment centre and a vegetable garden.

The event was a follow-up of the recent Executive Council Outreach Programme which was held on the 18 August 2017, in Gandlanani village, under Greater Giyani Municipality.


During his previous visit, Premier Stanley Mathabatha promised to buy two wheelchairs (for Elliot Mdaka & Jika Ngobeni) and to donate R100 000 to Nwaxibakhari Development Organisation cooperative operated and owned by women.

EXCO Outreach Programme is designed to allow the Premier as the leader of the Provincial Government to get first-hand information on service delivery challenges and to interact with communities.

The Premier had pledged to re-visit the area within four weeks to deliver on his promises.
The event was held on Tuesday the 12th of September 2017 in the Hlaneki Traditional Council Offices.

The premier further led his delegation on a visit to Kutsakeni Primary School which was built in 1968. He was accompanied by Treasury MEC Rob Tooley and MEC for Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure Jerry Ndou. Both MECs were expected to respond to the situation at the school which can no longer accomodate 453 learners from grade R to 7.

The premier together with Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba officially handed over the wheelchairs.
The beneficiaries expressed their utmost joy when receiving their new wheelchairs and thanked the provincial government for taking care of them.

“The honesty that was displayed by the provincial government is sufficient and we are grateful for it”, said one of the beneficiaries.

In his speech, the premier promised that his office would continue offering a helping hand where possibleto make sure people live a happy life.

“As a government voted by the people, we will fulfill the promise we made unto our people.” Said Premier Mathabatha.