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Marude Secondary School in Thohoyandou , Vhembe District • AllDays Primary school in Vhembe District • Mahlagaume Primary school in Fetakgomo- Tubatse, Sekhukhune District • Gidela Secondary school in Mopani District 4. What are your major successes over the last year? In the year of uncertainties the Department was able to deliver on some of its major targets. These are the completion of infrastructure projects on behalf of client departments such as the Masia and the Mphaphuli Traditional Councill offices in the Vhembe District. These are offices for leaders of Royalty that assist them to render their services with dignity. We have been able to hand over sites for contractors to commence with infrastructure works for six (6) school project and six (6) roads requiring major rehabilitation. We have been able to continue with the business of government. The Department used the opportunity of a lockdown reprieve when we were all office bound, to attend to issues raised by external stakeholders concerning service delivery, and we were able to find common ground and rebuild relationships. This achievement will go a long way in ensuring that we

move together with our communities in developing the province. 5. How is your Department improving the lives of the citizens of Limpopo through job creation and the Public Works Programme? The Department, through its coordination role and partnership with implementing bodies, have commenced with Phase IV EPWP targets for this financial year. The provincial performance as of the end of December 2020 saw 52 451 work opportunities being created in the Social, Environment & Culture and Infrastructure Sectors of the programme against a target of 57 792 that translates to 91%. The Social Sector achieved 128%; Environment & Culture Sector achieved 79%, whilst the Infrastructure Sector achieved 69%. The overall work opportunities created in the province, including nationally funded projects through Non- State Sector & National Departments is 62 715, which represents 66% of our annual target. The provincial target inclusive of the Non- State Sector is 94 655 Work Opportunities. 6. What exciting plans do you have for the the growth, renewal and transformation of the region ahead of the local government elections? Our business is infrastructure delivery, and with accelerating economic recovery being on top of government’s agenda,

infrastructure development becomes one of the major vehicles to contribute to the recovery of the economy. Our plans are to focus on infrastructure development throughout the province concentrating on developing our road infrastructure network, designing modern bridges and making transportation of goods and people reliable, while opening access to the rest of Africa. This link has potential to unlock economic potential of the province. We will also continue to be an implementing agent of government and deliver on infrastructure needs of provincial departments such as schools, hospitals, clinics, libraries, offices etc. This is the reason why we exist 7. What message do you have for the citizens of South Africa in these difficult times? The people of South Africa are resilient people. We shall overcome this pandemic and we shall rise again as President Ramaphosa said. We need to keep wearing our masks correctly, practicing social distancing, washing or sanitizing our hands. I further urge people to choose to be vaccinated when their turn comes. We shall overcome. Thank you

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