Half a billion rand later and still no job projects in Capricorn District

Issued by Tiny Doraine Ramathabatha Chidi – DA Councillor - Polokwane Local Municipality
23 Apr 2024 in Press Statements

The Democratic Alliance will write to the Public Protector to investigate the Motumo Trading Post, Seshego Industrial Park and the Afrika Market, which after 14 years of the initial construction have yielded no positive results.

The ANC government misused more than R500 million of taxpayers money on these three  projects, which were meant to create job opportunities for the people of Capricorn District.

The Motumo Trading Post facility has not seen any economic activity since the handover 14 years ago.

Capricorn District Municipality (CDM)  put aside and additional  R2.1 million to build a wall  to secure the facility as part of  the revitalization plan of the Trading post and the promise  to enter into a Public-Private Partnership to create hundreds of jobs. To date the trading post remains a white elephant. (See photos here and here)

The Afrika Market building in Market Street Polokwane has seen no economic activity for 14 years and has now become a  notorious nyaope den.

Polokwane Municipality  spent  more than  R10 million on this building and injected a further R1.9 million to upgrade the building with the promise to turn it into a state of the art facility for our local artists.

In  2016 the Department of Trade and Industry and Competition spent R21 million on the revitalization of the Seshego Industrial Park and in 2018 invested a further R30 million to erect a fence around the park. (See photos here, here and here)

A recent oversight by the DA established that 15 of the 25 factories have broken windows and are not in use. (see photos)

The sewer system in the facility is defective  and work on  pipes dug open for repairs in January 2024 has since  been abandoned.

The projects have all but collapsed and communities who once hoped for opportunities arising from these projects have now lost faith.

The DA has a plan to create 2 000 000 sustainable jobs opportunities by building a capable state which recognises that its role is to create the conditions for private enterprise to flourish. Vote DA on 29 May 2024 and help to Rescue South Africa