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The North West Provincial Government MEC’s Task Team for Ditsobotla Local Municipality was turned down by the community of Blydeville at the local stadium. The Task Team called for an urgent meeting with the residents which unfortunately could not take place due to the resistance by residents .

On Monday, 09 October 2017 the community of Blydeville embarked on a violent protest complaining about the lack of feedback from the Task Team. The roads were barricaded with stones and the schools were disrupted.

The Task Team was appointed by Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo to address issues of service delivery in the municipality. The task team ís constituted of  five MEC’s namely: MEC Sello Lehari (Education and Sport Development), Dr Mpho Motlhabane (Community Safety and Transport Management), Dr Magome Masike (Department of Health), MEC Wendy Nelson (Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development) and MEC Fenny Gaolaolwe (Local Government and Human Settlement).

Earlier this year, the community of Blydeville complained about some of the following services: 1. Extension of the opening days of the local clinic, 2. the lack of learner transport,3. need for a secondary school and a need for houses.

The Task Team can confirm that since the intervention, different departments acted speedily by attending to the concerns of the community. The department of Health immediately extended the working days of the local clinic from Monday to Friday to Monday to Saturday in order to serve the community on weekends. The Community Safety and Transport Management provided two busses to transport learners to Boikhutso Township. The Education and Sport Development Department has started with the needed high school by providing four mobile classrooms. The more the learners progress to other grades the more the mobile classes will be provided in the process. The department has registered a new high school under the name of Blydeville Secondary and a fence will soon be erected where a new school will be built.

MEC Sello Lehari,  the Chairperson of the Task Team pleaded with members of the community to work hand in glove with the government so as to speed up service delivery in the area.

“ I am pleading with members of the community to allow service delivery to take place in the area. We have started with short term service delivery programmes and we are working on the long term projects. As the task team we encourage all the departments to continue to deliver services and we will remain available to interact with the community of Blydevil”, said MEC Lehari.

The task team will continue to engage with the community of Blydeville in order to find a common ground to bring stability in the area.