Mayor happy with road maintenance progress

Musina Mayor, Cllr Muhloti Muhlope monitors progress of the road maintenance team in Musina NancefieldMusina Mayor, Cllr Muhloti Muhlope monitors progress of the road maintenance team in Musina Nancefield

Road safety is a top priority for Musina Municipality. These are the words of Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope. She said she is happy that the Musina Municipality is successfully implementing its road maintenance plan with special emphasis to the repair of potholes. This is because most of the roads were damaged during the heavy rains in the previous months.

The mayor left her office to monitor the progress of the road maintenance team which is presently working tirelessly to repair potholes. She said: “Road safety has an impact on everyone, whether you drive, walk or circle. If the roads are well maintained, chances of fatal accidents become less and many lives are saved. We are now heading towards the festive season where we expect huge volumes of traffic in our roads. We want to make sure that the majority of our roads are fixed and user-friendly during the festive season.”

She said the fact that the number of vehicle owners is increasing daily makes the municipality to be more aggressive when dealing with the issues of road repairs. “After repairing the potholes, we will make sure that the roads are properly marked to meet the required standards. Road markings are important because they provide guidance and information to drivers and pedestrians. They assist in minimizing confusion and uncertainty about the rules of the roads – thereby helping the municipality in providing safer roads and better routes for easy traffic flow.” 

When addressing some members of the road maintenance team at their work sites, Muhlope commended them for their hard work and dedication towards the improvement of the municipality’s road network.

The mayor encouraged all road users to be responsible at all times. “All people have the responsibility to ensure that their actions on our roads do not impact negatively on the lives of others. The festive season is just around the corner and we should all make sure that we stay alive.”  

Prayer against road accidents

Pastors, traffic officials and representatives from various government departments and stakeholders pray for an end to road accidents at the spot along the N1 road where soccer legend, Lesley Manyathela lost his life in 2003Pastors, traffic officials and representatives from various government departments and stakeholders pray for an end to road accidents at the spot along the N1 road where soccer legend, Lesley Manyathela lost his life in 2003

The people of Musina will never forget the spot where the late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates legendary soccer star, Lesley "Slow Poison" Manyathela lost his life in a car accident on 09 August 2003. Pastors from Musina, in partnership with the local municipality, community stakeholders and government departments gathered at the spot to pray for an end to road accidents along the N1 road this festive season. The spot is approximately 28km on the N1 North between the Baobab Toll Gate and the Sasol Garage.

The Manager responsible for Traffic at Musina Municipality, Mr Ailwei Mutele said the municipality cannot afford to lose more lives during this festive season. He said the spot has been identified as one of the high accident zones around Musina Municipality. “That is why we have resorted to divine intervention because we know that our living God will hear our prayers. The Bible encourages us to ask anything from the Creator and we believe that this problem is not bigger than Him.”

Mutele thanked the pastors, congregants, stakeholders and government departments that took part in the prayer session. “These people were hands on from the first day when we prepared for this prayer session. The fact that they decided to set everything aside to attend this session proves that they are serious about this prayer. We thank everyone who has made time to be with us here today. May the good Lord continue to bless them. There is no doubt that our prayers will be heard and Musina’s road will again become the safest to travel in.”

He said his team of traffic officers will be out in full force to maintain law and order in all the roads around Musina. “We warn all traffic offenders that there will be no mercy on those who violate the rules of the road. We want to make sure that everyone is safe this festive season. We also urge those who have animals to look after them well because they are amongst the major causes of accidents in our roads.”

“Treat the disabled with love and affection” – Mayor Muhlope

Members of Musina Disability Forum captured with Mayor Mihloti Muhlope in their vegetable garden.  They are Blade Simango, Hangwani Nethavhana, Yunsa Mbewe and Rendani Manengena Members of Musina Disability Forum captured with Mayor Mihloti Muhlope in their vegetable garden. They are Blade Simango, Hangwani Nethavhana, Yunsa Mbewe and Rendani Manengena

Members of the Musina Disability Forum were treated with royalty. This was confirmed by the visit of Musina Mayor Cllr Mihloti Muhlope to their centre at Musina Nancefield Location. The members have been allocated land and a building where they do artwork, garnering and play sports.

Muhlope said it was important for her to visit members of the Disability Forum because they form part of the important stakeholders for the municipality. “We take this forum very seriously because we regard the disabled as an important part of the municipality. As a caring municipality, we made sure that they have land and a shelter to work from. All their programmes are coordinated from my office and it has always been a pleasure to work with them.”

She congratulated the disabled for the good work they are doing to develop themselves and the community. “We are really impressed by their art work, gardening skills and information sharing sessions that they hold in their conference hall. We are also happy that they are getting some income through the vegetables they sell to the public. They are clearly displaying to us that the time for the disabled to depend on other members of the community to survive is part of history. We will continue to give them support because they are playing a major role in developing our society.”

Muhlope called upon community members to treat the disabled with love and affection. “We have few incidents where the disabled are abused by family and community members. This should be reported to us or the law enforcement agencies with immediate effect.  The disabled should also stand up for their rights and guard against anyone who is abusing them.”

The Manager at Musina Disability Forum centre, Rendani Manengena said it was a blessing for them to be visited by the Mayor.  “We understand that she has a tight schedule but the fact that she decided to put everything aside to come and pay us a visit should be appreciated. We are also happy that under her leadership, we are getting incredible support from the municipality. This really displays that indeed, our government really cares for us.”

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