October is Sasekani Manzini’s busiest month

Schedule of Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC Sasekani Manzini is expected to be hectic as she is also expected to proceed with the October Transport Month programme the whole month and further host the Expanded Public Works Programme Summit and Kamoso Awards.


David Nkambule


 

The Mpumalanga MEC for the department of Public Works, Roads and Transport has officially launched the 2016 October Transport Month…

Sasekani Manzini handed over the D2967 road and bridge between Manzini and Mgcobaneni in Mbombela city this week.

The MEC was in the company of the executive mayor of Mbombela, Sibusiso Mathonzi.

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Delivering her keynote address on 4 October 2016, Manzini explained that during the October Transport Month, government showcases progress made in the delivery of transport infrastructure.

She said: “The department is providing transport infrastructures such as bus subsidies to commuters, roads, bridges, bus-shelters, foot bridges and scholar transport.

“We have built more roads in the past and today we are handing over the D2967 road to you and we appeal to you to take good care of it. I want to appeal to communities not to destroy this infrastructure,if you are unhappy with service delivery, follow proper channels to lodge your concerns,” she said.



As the youngest MEC in the province, Manzini was concerned about the ongoing destruction of public buildings especially in schools and universities.

“As the department which provides such infrastructures to communities, I strongly condemn act of destruction and violence on public buildings. To destroy government buildings is not a solution to our problems instead it takes us back since funds meant to built other projects would be channelled back to rebuilt properties destroyed”.

Earlier during the day, Manzini donated bicycles to learners from thirteen schools around the White River Circuit.

The learners travel more than 3km to school and are not benefitting from scholar transport programme. The initiative is part of the ShovaKalula bicycle programme.

One of the beneficiaries, a learner from Mgcobaneni primary school, 12-year-old Fortunate Mliba, said after receiving her ride: “I will no longer be late at school since I have a new bicycle and I am very excited. I promise to improve my performance at school since I will not have any excuse for poor results.”

Manzini later handed over the D2967 road which connects Manzini and Mgcobaneni. The department invested at least 47 million towards the construction of the road which created at least twenty four (24) work opportunities for the local people.

She is expected to proceed with the Transport Month Programme during the month. Manzini will further host the Expanded Public Works Programme Summit and Kamoso Awards as part of the October Transport Month programme.

*Nkambule is the media liaison officer in Manzini’s office.