BOPHELONG. – The meeting of the budget, public participation and the Intergrated Development Plan (IDP) 2017/2021 was dominated with the discussion on the controversial MBD Attorneys last Wednesday.
MBD is a firm that deals with debt collection for Emfuleni Local Municipality . The IDP meeting was hosted by ELM Executive Mayor Simon Mofokeng, Thembile Nquba who is MMC for Agriculture and Local Economic Development (LED) and other officials at the Bophelong Community hall.
During the meeting it came to the attention of the ELM officials that in Bophelong the majority of the community members are not in favour of the MBD.
Mofokeng gave feedback on the projects and programmes implemented during the financial year. Speaker after speaker mentioned to Mofokeng how they received threatening messages from the MBD.
Unemployed Alleta Mateane (82) said she was invited to the office of Emfuleni to pay R80 000 of her accounts (Masakhane) and wanted to know from the mayor where she would get that money. The community of the Joko Tea Squatter Camp appealed for the installation of electricity, water and toilets.
Nquba dismissed rumours about a new mall was going to be built in Bophelong. He said the billboard that has been put up about the mall being built was made by ‘chancers’ adding that once there’s information on this, everyone, including the stakeholders will be made aware.
Mofokeng promised that together with his officials they will pay serious attention to issues raised by the communities.