Mkhondo – Deputy President David Mabuza has called on the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs to speed up the process of resolving an issue affecting a group of young people in Mkhondo who are involved in the Fortune 40 Young Incubation Programme. Mabuza was recently approached by members of the Thembalempilo Fortune 40 Cooperative during a Nelson Mandela Centenary celebration in Amsterdam, in Mkhondo Local Municipality. He briefly listened to the group, and called on MEC Vusi Shongwe to find a solution to their issue.
MEC Shongwe informed the Deputy President that he was aware of the land issue affecting the group, and assured Mabuza that it will soon be resolved. “DP, we know about their plight, and as a Department we are engaging them and the other farmers in finding a solution. Theirs is a question of land; there is a group of old people who are also involved in agriculture, producing there, who say that the piece of land occupied by the Fortune 40 group is theirs. Of course this is a problem because they are also enthusiastically using that land for agricultural purposes, but yes we will find an amicable solution on this one soon”, said Shongwe. Mabuza called on Shongwe to also look at involving the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, if there can be state land that can be made available to resolve the issue.
The Deputy President was in Amsterdam as part of the International Mandela Day celebrations. Accompanied by Premier Refilwe Mtsweni, her Cabinet members, Executive Mayors and Heads of Departments, Mabuza also handed over seven newly-built houses to desperately needy families, who previously stayed in appalling conditions. He had identified the families while he was Premier of Mpumalanga. The furnished houses also boasts food gardens in the yard. Mabuza also planted vegetable seedlings at a Nganana High School, and encouraged the Principal to ensure that learners look after the garden, saying it will go a long way in assisting learning who come to school on empty stomachs.