As part of a series of community visits, Mogale City Executive Mayor Patrick Lipudi over the weekend presented the 2019/20 Integrated Development Plan (IDP) for rural areas where he outlined the city’s allocated budget, past achievements and challenges as well as future plans.

Thus far, Councillor Lipudi accompanied by Members of his Mayoral Committee has engaged with residents of Hekpoort, Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg and Tarlton.

During his visits, the executive mayor encouraged all residents to play an active role on matters that affect them. “We need to enhance and raise the bar on public participation and engagement. This is one of the reasons we started this process immediately after the recent General Elections so that we understand every community’s challenges and together come up with solutions to overcome them.”

“We want to take you along on every step we take. We also recognise that we need to continuously give you feedback on some of the issues you bring to our attention,” Councillor Lipudi said.

Throughout the interactions, issues that were raised related to water, sanitation, housing as well as crime and lack of recreational facilities.

In response to the housing issue, the executive mayor indicated that the municipality together with its housing partners and Gauteng Provincial Government are fast-tracking the completion of Brickvale Integrated Housing Development in Tarlton. This project, which is expected to yield about 6 480 housing units, is already underway and the contractor has been introduced to the community.

Taking that on board, construction work is expected to resume at the Dr. Paul Molefi Sefularo and Dr Ntato Motlana Housing Developments. These projects are projected to produce over 190 and 253 housing units respectively.