Ditsobotla embarks on ‘Thuma Mina’ cleaning campaign

Ditsobotla Local Municipality Mayor, Daniel Buthelezi, is visiting different villages and townships within the municipality as part of the ‘Thuma Mina’ campaign.
‘Thuma Mina’ is a campaign launched earlier this year by President Cyril Ramaphosa and it aims to improve service delivery with the help of South Africans who are willing to go an extra mile. 
He said the campaign is about patriotism and a call for South Africans to work together to build a new and improved country.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign earlier this year in Ekurhuleni, Ramaphosa said: “We are the volunteers of the ANC. We are here to work for our people. The campaign is about working for our people, ending corruption and making sure service delivery is upheld.” 
As part of the campaign, officials of Ditsobotla Local Municipality visited areas such as Bodibe, Boikhutso, Sheila and Verdwaal to help improve the living conditions of those communities. 
The ‘Thuma Mina’ Campaign also forms part of a recovery plan, which the local municipality is embarking on to restore services to communities within their jurisdiction.
“Ditsobotla Local Municipality is currently busy with its recovery plan which will expedite service delivery to different communities of the municipality. This recovery plan entails five components which aim to address issues of service delivery. By launching a cleaning campaign programme in different  wards, the municipality is busy addressing directive one which aims to promote environmental cleanliness by eradicating illegal dumping sites and removing waste that lies all over the areas,” said municipal spokesperson, Pius Batsile.
“During the implementation of the recovery plan, various municipal directorates will visit different places to alleviate all service delivery challenges that our communities face. The recovery plan is rotating and it is being launched on a weekly basis at different wards of the municipality by councillors and officials of the municipality, CWPs and EPWP employees,” said Batsile.
Batsile said the campaign will target all areas of Ditsobotla Local Municipality. It was officially launched earlier this month in Boikhutso by Mayor Daniel Buthelezi, who was accompanied by Speaker, Mosidi Mmota.
He explained that the recovery plan comes as a result of an intervention by the office of MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Fenny Gaolaolwe. The overall recovery plan was approved by the council of Ditsobotla Local Municipality after all councilors were taken through workshops to share its details and implementation plan. 
The municipality has collaborated closely with the Community Work Programme (CWP) and the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) employees based at different areas of the municipality.
The launch in Bodibe village included the presence of Ditsobotla law enforcement officials who conducted a roadblock to inspect vehicles’ roadworthiness and to educate motorists about road safety measures.
Meanwhile, community members within Ditsobotla Local Municipality have welcomed the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist with service delivery.
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently appointed an inter-ministerial task team led by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to give urgent attention to matters of governance in the province. Dlamini-Zuma recently visited Ditsobotla Local Municipality to listen to the needs of community. The deployment of the SANDF comes as a result of the engagements between the community, municipality and task team.
Members of the SANDF alongside municipal workers are currently busy unblocking sewer mains in various areas across the municipality.
A community member from Tlhabologang near Coligny, Matshidiso Letshwenyo, welcomed the assistance of the SANDF as they were unblocking their drains.
“We are happy that government has heard our cries. The sewerage stench was unbearable and we were unable to flush our toilets. Sometimes the sewerage would spill into the streets and we did not have a place to walk. We appreciate this much needed assistance and we are happy that even though we are a small community government was able to address our plight.”