By Theodorah Mawasha
MTHEMBEKA ViILLAGE: An electric pole in the middle of a newly upgraded tar road at Mthembeka village in Kgapane, Greater Letaba causes a stir in the community.
Greater Letaba Municipality spokesperson, Lovers Maenetja told Tzaneen Voice that they have made efforts to engage Eskom to relocate the poles accordingly as early as June 2021, however, Eskom has delayed the process.
Meanwhile, Tzaneen Voice has received countless complaints from community members regarding the project. The complaints range from engineering mishaps, accusations that the contractor used cheap material to extract high-profit margins.
A resident who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that she was happy when they employed residents of Mthembeka on the project to alleviate unemployment in the village, but the shoddy work exposes the inexperience and the calibre of construction working for the project.
“I was elated when I was told we will be getting a tarred road but to my dismay, an electricity pole was ignored right in the middle of the road leaving me with many questions. I have no construction experience, but I could see that something was amiss there, the resident said
The Power utility refuted the claims that there was communication from the Municipality to line shift the poles, they assured this publication that they will look into the matter urgently.
The project is envisaged to reach completion in June 2022.