The Mangaung Metropolitan Metro is set to sparkle with the Letsema Project. Speaking at the launch of the project in Botshabelo, chief whip Zolile Mancotywa told councillors and municipal employees the purpose of the project is to consolidate the major resources of a municipality and to deploy them into one area to provide focused attention. "This is part of the intervention programme to improve the level of service delivery," said Mancotywa. The main areas that would be addressed as part of the intervention are VIP and pit latrines, toilets vacuum service, grading and fixing of potholes, illegal dumping, waste management and high mast public and street lighting. Municipal employees would be deployed for three weeks in one area of the metro to deal with these matters.
Paseka Makhetha, a resident of ward 27 at Botshabelo, was impressed to see municipal trucks removing an illegal dumping site in the area. "This illegal dumping site contributes to a spread of diseases that affect mostly young children," he explained. Equally impressed was Malete Ntsheng, who is also a resident. He said it was encouraging to see the municipality working together with the community. The Letsema Project will be taken to Thaba Nchu on March 7; Bloemfontein will be the next to follow. Mancotywa says they will constantly monitor progress made on a bi-annual basis.