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    Friday 3rd August 2018 commenced on a high note with a cleaning campaign in heed to the call of back to basics as the Executive Mayor of Maluti A Phofung Local Municipality Clr Gilbert Mokotso alongside Madam Speaker Clr Malewatle Nthedi, Members of Mayoral Committee and Councillors assembled senior citizens at Multipurpose Hall, Phuthaditjhaba to present gifts and extend gratitude to the pillars of the community.

    The day symbolised a significant milestone in history as the senior citizens received blankets from the collective leadership. In opening prayer Reverend Lakaje accentuated respect by saying “Hlompha moriri o moputswa dintho tsa hao di tla tsamaya hantle. Mona re tlile ka lerato, poelano le ho sebetsa mmoho hosane mmoho. Re ke ke ra le lahla, Modimo a lefe matla mme a le hlohonolofatse hobane maqheku ke batho ba pela Modimo”. In accordance with Batho Pele Principles, Clr Shashapa Motaung reiterated that the discovery they had made earlier on the day, when attending to an issue at Matebeleng Clinic that there are ongoing challenges of power failure is a result of illegal connections and tampering. He further pointed out that the frequent power cuts poses to be a threat which puts the safety of the residents and patients at risk. “Ha re tshireletseng mmuso re kgone ho phela hantle”, said Clr Motaung.

    The Executive Mayor also spoke with senior citizens to remind them that government still cares for them even in their golden years, “letsatsi la kajeno re ikemiseditse hore re le bone le thabile kaofela ba teng kwano hobane le batswadi ba rona, mme hore motho a hole o tlameha hlompha baholo hobane ke bona ba tsebang tsela ”, he said. In the spirit of continuing to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, Clr Mokotso in addition mentioned that as a collective they also intend to embark on a courtesy visit to the luncheon clubs having learnt that in some households the elderly suffer in the care of their grandchildren.

    “Leqheku le okwa ke setloholo”, Clr Malewatle Nthedi also announced the envisaged visit on 28th August 2018 by President Cyril Ramaphosa to march against gender based violence. As means to promote good governance Clr Nthedi exhilarated the community more especially the youth to be active participants in keeping their environment clean all times.

    Mr Moeketsi Rasenyalo from Bluegumbosch chanted praises to express gratitude as the gifts were presented. “Re lebohile hoba le lona kgweding ena ya bomme le keteke monate”, exclaimed Clr Raphael Mokoena in closing remarks.