Greater Letaba in Limpopo is one municipality which seems to have embarked on an extensive infrastructure development drive with only a few months left before local government elections. The municipality is building bridges and roads, drilling boreholes and upgrading healthcare, education and recreational facilities in far-flung villages previously brushed aside when it came to service delivery.
In what was dubbed an election gimmick by opposition parties, the municipality also laid 1.5km of road surface that will serve as a lifeline to the sleepy village, which was previously unable to access neighbouring towns and schools and shopping centres on rainy days.
In other areas, the municipality has built access bridges to connect villages, a sports complex, outdoor gymnasiums and erected high-mast lighting in places. It has also established several Thusong centres, which provide home affairs, police, education, and agriculture services.
“This is what we called a better life for all. With this kind of leadership, South Africa is going somewhere,” resident Florinah Letsoalo of Sekgosese said. However, the DA has come out guns blazing, accusing the ANC of using government money to fish in different ponds for voters.
“The ANC only cares for the people of South Africa when it is election season,” DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s spokesperson Mabine Seabe said.