Committed to relieving burden of the past

The opening of the North West Provincial Legislature on February 22 in the provincial capital Mahikeng was used by Premier Thandi Modise to reflect on the 100-year anniversary of the Native Land Act, which was the precursor to decades of dispossession.

Modise focused on delivery

The opening of the North West Provincial Legislature on Friday February 22 was a remarkably brief affair during which Premier Thandi Modise delivered her state of the province address in little more than hour. Events such as this can tend to drag on unnecessarily when political leaders feel the need to overcompensate by drilling into details of the minutest success. The brevity of Modise’s address is less an indication of lack of progress than it is of the province’s motivation to get things done.

Education in experienced, practical hands

North West Education MEC Louisa Mabe continues with her vigour of ridding the the provincial government of non-performing officials.

CCTVs to reduce crime in Mahikeng

Close circuit television (CCTV) cameras are to be installed at crime hotspots in Mahikeng, the provincial capital of the North West Province in the new financial year.

Finance chief targets clean audits

North West’s MEC for Finance, Paul Sebegoe, is an ambitious man, but one with a plan. “We are targeting 2014 to have a clean audit from all state departments and have put in place a turnaround strategy to deal with all the issues raised by the auditor-general,” he said in an interview following the opening of the provincial legislature in Mahikeng on Friday February 22.

Sports development is a key priority

The department of sport, art and culture (DSAC) is a key job creation vehicle in the North West province and sees itself as a powerful vehicle of change for the many unemployed youth.

Sanral appointment guarantees saving

The decision to appoint the South African Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) to roll out road infrastructure in the North West Province was taken after irregularities and corruption related to awarding of road construction tenders were uncovered.