From left: Hosi Hlaneki M.A.M of the Nhlaneki Traditional Authority and GGM mayor Sasavona Mathebula. Photo by Otto Ngoveni

By: Otto Ngoveni

Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) led by the mayor Cllr Sasavona Salvah Mathebula, visited the residents of ward 8 during the Mayoral Imbizo to listen to their demands on Friday, 6 October.

The event was held at Silawa Super Silence sports ground in Silawa Village outside Giyani.

The event was honoured by the municipal council, municipal Administrative staff, Nhlaneki Traditional Authority, SAPS, Departments of Home Affairs, Health, Social Development, Agriculture and residents from neighbouring villages namely Dingamanzi, Shimange, Skhiming and Botshabelo.

Some of the demands raised by the residents were road signs/board mark of their villages on R81 road, lack of clean water, proper roads to the grave site, speedhumps, clinic, sport centre and community hall amangest others.

Hosi Hlaneki M.A.M of the Nhlaneki Traditional Authority expressed his greattude and appreciated the municipality’s vision into hosting the event in one of his villages, he then proposed symbiotic relationship between municipality and his communities saying if the municipality continue working for them, they’ll eventually give all their votes to the ruling party during elections.

Along his speech, Hosi Hlaneki wished all the grade 12 pupils well as their are about to write their end of year examinations and announced that his council will donate pairs of school shoes to all who went to the recent traditional initiation school within Silawa Village.

The mayor Cllr Mathebula while responding to the residents’s demands outlined that GGM has made a good relationship with all sector departments in order to fulfill community demands to their satisfaction.

She went on to say, as a municipality, they strongly condemn the manner in which some residents display their anger through illegal protests; violence.

“As the municipality of Greater Giyani we promise to finish all the projects we have started which includes switching on all Apollo lights that are erected in different villages.

We promise to convey meetings with all stakeholders to deal effectively with demands of ward 8 residents, also wishing good of lucky to all our pupils as they approach their year-end exams”, She concluded

The event had many different entertainment which included Xigubu, Xikhaba and xibelani dance.