On the 12th of June 2019, the Executive Mayor of Midvaal Local Municipality, Cllr Bongani Baloyi, delivered the State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) to the residents of the municipality at the Walkerville Agricultural showground.
The SOMA gave the Executive Mayor of Midvaal Local Municipality (MLM) an opportunity to emphasize key important priorities of service delivery and overarching plans and programmes of his administration.
The Mayor stated that the most essential task for this administration is to stimulate economic growth by creating a conducive environment for job creation.
The municipality managed to create more than 1600 employment opportunities. Threshold for indigent households has increased to R4 500.00 and more than 87% of informal settlements are serviced with weekly refuse removal.
In 2019/20 budget, R1,3 Billion will be utilized for upgrading infrastructure, fighting crime and providing municipal services to mention a few.
Similarly, more than R 5 million has been allocated for the Sicelo North Outfall Sewer Project, while R2 million has been set aside for the Henley on Klip Sewer Project.
Among other key issues that were addressed by the Mayor, was the youth and female biased approached adopted by the municipality. He said, the municipality will be launching Midvaal Sebenza Mbokodo fund which aimed at providing start capital for female owed small scale business. Youth development programmes will be prioritised through identifying, negotiating and partnering with companies and businesses who are willing to offer off -take agreements for young entrepreneurs.
In his closing remarks, the Executive Mayor reminded the residents that it was important for them to take ownership of their challenges and responsibilities while also partnering with the municipality to advance the interests of the community at large.
He thanked the residents of Midvaal and all other stakeholders for their unwavering support and commitment in making the vision of Midvaal Local Municipality a reality.
The SOMA was attended by dignitaries from neighbouring municipalities, business partners, members of opposition parties, and the distinguished members of the community.