Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane’s declaration during yesterday’s 29th Freedom Day commemoration that since 2019.
Mpumalanga Province has built 36 415 housing units, thus leaving them with a backlog of only seven percent of people living still living in informal dwellings. “This backlog, will be eradicated before the end of this Sixth Administration of the Mpumalanga Provincial Government. Around 86% of people in Mpumalanga have access to piped water and a further 90% of our people reside in electrified dwellings. “We have recently completed the construction of Empumelelweni extensions 7 and 9 Internal Sewers in Emalahleni in order to improve sewage related challenges in the area.
“Through the Integrated National Electrification Programme (INEP), we have secured R110 million for the electrification of Siyanqoba in Emalahleni which will commence in the weeks ahead. “We are making progress with the construction of the Linah Malatjie Tertiary hospital. We have completed the environmental impact studies and construction is set to commence during the course of this year.
“Over the past 29 years, we have demonstrated our responsive character, by responding to the needs and cries of our people. The traffic congestion complaints at Emalahleni City Centre, is, but one classical example. We will construct a bridge from Emalahleni City Centre leading to Pine Ridge, Clarinet, Siyanqoba and Verena in order to improve safety and ease traffic flow in that area.
“The celebration of this milestone, also serves as an opportunity to reflect on how far we have progressed in the mammoth task of improving the lives of our people, since democracy. We acknowledge that, much more still needs to be done, over a period of time.
“However, the steady progress of improving the quality of the lives of the poorest, must encourage us to move with greater speed to bring a better life to all our people, to finally defeat poverty and underdevelopment within our Province,” she told a crowd that gathered in a marquee inside the Sy Mthimunye Stadium in Ackerville, Emalahleni.