Media Statements

Another Successful Project by Government set to Impact Positively on Communities of Eight Villages in the Mbhashe Municipality (EC Province)

Indeed, government is changing lives of communities as per the objectives we set ourselves in the National Development Plan (NDP). Today (15 August 2017|), the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), honourable Des van Rooyen, accompanied by the MEC of COGTA, Mr Xasa, the Executive Mayor of Amathole District Municipality, Councillor Nxawe and Executive Mayor of Mbashe, cllr Janda inspected the new Bridge in Kwa Chezi village and engaged with communities.

Communities across the eight villages of Kwa Chezi; Manzibomvu; Mdikana; Mpame; Mncwasawane; Ngileni; Mkhathazo and Manzamnyama came out in their numbers to welcome the development brought by government. Delivering the keynote address at the event held on the banks of Mcwase River, Minister van Rooyen indicated that the hardships that communities have been subjected to, will soon be forgotten. The makeshift and dangerous crossings of the Mcwasa River will soon be a thing of the past when the multi-million Rand bridge come into operation. This bridge is another successful story of our government bringing services to the people, especially those in rural areas, thus making their lives better.

The Minister indicated that this initiative by Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA) is part of an ongoing work by government to reverse the imbalances of the past and the negative impact of apartheid on the already marginalised communities.

This development in Mbhashe is coming at an opportune time as government continue to change the lives of South Africans. For the approximately 2540000 people who reside across the 32 Wards in the Mbhashe municipality, this bridge will indeed save lives and change the suffering of those who could not cross the river to access basic services like health-care, schools, etc.

Minister van Rooyen and MEC Xasa committed to continue monitoring progress made towards the completion of this bridge. The leadership also committed to ensure that roads are built in order that will be able to link various villages as the current situation is not humane and bothers on the violation of the rights of citizens.

Minister van Rooyen committed his Ministry to continue changing lives of South Africans. This commitment by CoGTA means that there is hope even for those communities who are in rural areas of our country, as government services will soon be made available to them. 

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