The Bushbuckridge Local Municipality recently held a special Council sitting held, where three news councillors were inaugurated. This follows the by-elections which were held on the 9th of December, last year. The councillors are Matthew Mangani who is replacing Million Mohlabine in Ward 16, Owen Malatjie who is replacing Dudu Nonyane in Ward 18 and Grinious Sebatane who replacing Raymond Sedibe in Ward 32.
The Executive Mayor Cllr Sylvia Nxumalo and Council Speaker Cllr Ruth Raganya welcomed the new councillors and urged them to play an integral part in the acceleration of services to the communities. Raganya also urged all councillors to continue holding quarterly meetings with their constituents in order to keep them updated about council decisions and programs.
Speaking to Bushbuckridge News, one of the councillors, Councillor Mangani said residents should expect many changes in Ward 16. He said, looking at the drug abuse problem when it comes to the youth, youth programmes will be initiated to curb this. He said they will also create job opportunities and one of the ways they will be doing this is to re-open Bushbuckridge Clay Bricks.
“The challenges we are facing in Bushbuckridge is the bad conditions of the roads in the area and the provision of water, this is a problem for many wards, including our own. But we believe that by working together with the municipality and the provincial government, we will be able to achieve our goal of providing services to residents,” said Mangani.