MMC’s Festive Season Message
Cllr. Joyce Mashishi-Ntsime
As another year comes to a close and the festive season is well upon us, we have an opportunity, once again, to reflect on the year gone by. It is gratifying to note that we fold an eventful 2016 with a sense of achievement in so far as our mandate to deliver world-class services to our people is concerned. Whilst a lot has been achieved, we are also cognisant of the fact that much more still needs to be done. But we draw strength from the unwavering support and cooperation we receive from our people in our collective drive to transform Rustenburg into a world class city where all communities enjoy a high quality of life.
As the season is well upon us, I would like to urge all of us to take time to think about those who are less fortunate than us. It is a fact that whilst Rustenburg City continues to make great strides in the fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality, there are still who face a bleak festive season. I would like to commend the organisations, individuals and companies who are playing their part in assisting the needy through the provision of food, shelter and clothing, among other things. On our part as Rustenburg Local Municipality, we will continue to pioneer efforts and support coordinated interventions aimed at ensuring everyone has access to basic amenities and a good standard of living for all.
This festive season is a time when we take a well-deserved rest to spend quality time with our families and rejuvenate our bodies and souls ahead of 2017.
Be that as it may, it is a sad fact that like other areas, Rustenburg City has not been spared from the effects of drought and water shortages. We have a water crisis in our City. This situation has come about because of the growing population, demand for more water and the ongoing crippling drought. Let me take this opportunity to once again appeal to members of our communities, residents, business owners and visitors of our City to continue to do their part in water conservation efforts.
I may point out that despite the challenges, we have a silver lining as the City of Rustenburg in terms of complying with the requirements to implement strategies for water conservation. Our City has achieved 20% in awareness creation and water saving interventions. This is above the national target of 15% of a municipality’s catchment area.
We are grateful for the cooperation we are receiving from the communities we serve. We will continue to implement various strategies towards water conservation such as water rationing until the situation normalises. We plead for cooperation and understanding among our people.
It is our pleasure to welcome to the City of Rustenburg those of our people who are returning home from other areas to be with their families. We would also like to extend our best wishes to all residents of Rustenburg who will be spending the festive away from our City. Ours thoughts and prayers are with as you travel to your respective destinations.
As we usher in the festive season there shall inevitably be more activity on our roads. The sad issue is that despite campaigns on road safety which are intensified around this period we continue experience crashes on our roads some of which lead to fatalities and injuries. In order to effect safe roads for all road users, law enforcement officers will be deployed through-out the City and highways and their main areas of focus will be;
- Drunk driving
- Reckless and dangerous driving
- Passenger and freight transport overloading
- Checking of road-worthiness and documentation of vehicles
- Drinking and walking
Our city has made great strides this year and as we come to its end, we look back with satisfaction at the achievements that we have made. The construction work on Yarona ™ our integrated public transport system, which will radically change the way Rustenburg people travel, is progressing well. Yarona™ will provide safer, faster, affordable, efficient and environmentally friendly public transport service. It will ensure the seamless movement of large numbers of people to all parts of the City quickly and safely.
We are grateful for the cooperation and understanding of our communities during the construction stages of Yarona™. Your support is highly valued.
We have just celebrated National Disability Rights Awareness Day which is part of the International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities (03 November- 03 December). It is heightening to note that Yarona™ will ensure equal access to transport infrastructure for both able-bodied and disabled persons. Close attention is paid to the system’s accessibility to the elderly and people living with disabilities.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a blessed, happy and safe festive season.
I thank you!