LIMPOPO SOPA Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises. The Tourism sector in our province has been growing and ﬂourishing since 2015. The impact of Covid-19 on our provincial economy was particularly devastating in the tourism sector. Accordingly, we are implementing a Provincial Tourism Recovery Plan, focusing on: • Protecting the provincial share of the tourism market. • Protecting the tourism infrastructure. • Implementing a revised Provincial Marketing Plan to rigorously promote Limpopo as a preferred tourist destination. Last year I announced our government’s plans to establish Farmer Production Support Units as part of our Agri-Parks. We have since allocated an amount of R57.5 million to fund the Farmer Support Relief Programme. This package will help support our farmers and mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on agricultural production. Over and above, 2 500 farmers in the province will beneﬁt from a R1.2 billion relief support initiated by the National Department of Agriculture, Land reform and Rural Development. The Constitution enjoins the state to support the institution of traditional leadership. In this connection we call on the legislature to expedite the process of the review of the Limpopo Provincial Governance and Traditional Leadership Framework Act. Regarding the improvement of our road infrastructure, we commend SANRAL for the completion of the muchawaited Polokwane N1 RING-ROAD. We are also delighted with the progress taking place at the R-81 between Munnik and Ga-Sekgopo. The 10 kilometre stretch improvements will go a long way in easing traﬃc congestions and reducing the number of road accidents in that area. The delivery of healthcare infrastructure is well underway. Please allow me to report the following progress: • The construction of the OutPatient Department (OPD) at MaphuthaMalatjie Hospital is at 80%; • Work has started on the renovation of the 36-bed female surgical ward at Letaba hospital. This work is expected to be completed in the next Financial Year; • We will be completing the upgrading of laundries at Tshilidzini and Letaba hospitals during the next financial year;
Pre-construction work has already commenced for the construction of Bosele and Lebowakgomo Emergency Medical Services stations. Delivery of water to our people remains high on the agenda of this government. Through the Regional Bulk Infrastructure Grant we are implementing major infrastructure projects across the province.
We are also delighted with the progress taking place at the R-81 between Munnik and Ga-Sekgopo. The 10 Kilometre stretch improvements will go a long way in easing traffic congestions and reducing the number of road accidents in that area.
Currently the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority is exploring funding options with the DBSA to facilitate implementation of Phase 2B of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project. We are at the design phase of the Olifants River Water Resources Development Project. Also under construction are the bulk pipelines, pump stations and reservoirs to supply water to 40 villages in the Nebo Plateau. Another water infrastructure project under construction is the upgrading of Nkambako Water Treatment Works. This includes associated pipelines and pump stations, and the construction of a new pipeline to Babanana. These projects are yet another aﬃrmation of the ANC led government’s commitment to ensure that our people have access to clean drinking water. Investing in the education of our children is investing in the future of our province and our country. Using Grade 12 results as a yardstick, we have begun to earn dividends on our investment in education.