29 August 2018 Read: 271
Limpopo Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Agriculture and Land reform, Basikopo Makamu returned to Mopani this week as part of a meet and greet with the community, farmers and the traditional leaders. This follows a road show undertaken last Saturday in Vhembe where he paid a visit to see the projects which had been implemented by his predecessors and the progress thereof.
Departmental spokesperson, Molebatsi Masedi, said the MEC first met with the regional officials in Vhembe and Mopani on Saturday and the following Monday respectively. He said among the projects which were to be visited included the Mabunda Citrus farm in the Mabunda community in Giyani. The other places which were visited included the Masala packing facility, and the Holofelang projects in Phalaborwa.
Masedi said since Mopani was a farming area in itself, the MEC was there to meet the farmers, to see the progress of the projects as well as to see what could be done to help the farmers most of whom are emerging. He added some of the projects need an expansion as they had grown, while others are financially in trouble. And the visit by the MEC was to look at such challenges.
He added that when they arrived at the home of chief Mabunda, the group were unable to meet with him as he was not around and so they proceeded to the citrus projects where the MEC also met the other emerging farmers in the area. From there the entourage proceeded to Selwane village where they were to meet with the local chief before they could proceed to the Holofelang projects to meet with farmers from that area.
The trip to Mopani and Vhembe were the first trips to be taken by Makamu since he was appointed the MEC about two weeks ago. Makamu, who hails from the Giyani municipal area, was the former Mopani regional secretary before he was elected the deputy secretary of the ANC in the province. He was subsequently exalted to be the MEC for Agriculture replacing, Joyce Mashamba who died a few weeks ago.