Residents

OVERVIEW

War on poverty

The town of Jacobsdal was the first area selected for improvement in terms of government’s “War on Poverty” campaign. The objectives of the War on Poverty campaign include building a repository of information on the immediate needs of poor households living in the most deprived wards of the country. It also aimed to give specific poor communities an infrastructural facelift, coupled with a programme to train young people in artisanal and other skills. Training opportunities focused on bricklaying, plastering and plumbing. The campaign also provides a platform for the national and provincial spheres of government to bring together resources in identified areas such as Jacobsdal. The Department of Land Affairs and Rural Development included Jacobsdal in its Rainwater Harvesting Programme and provided 12 household with tanks. Other activities undertaken included the construction of a number of new houses, renovation to existing houses and the community hall and roads were upgraded. The provincial government also employed 46 local community members as “Hlasela workers” as part of the EPWP-programme. Community members were also trained and provided with seed and equipment to start vegetable gardens for their households. One of the beneficiaries, Siena Dike, became a finalist in one of the categories of the Free State Female Farmer of the Year competition.

Free State Provincial Government

The Free State provincial government has invested in the infrastructure development programmes implemented in the Letsemeng local municipality and continues to align its planning with the respective needs of the local government sector. This is illustrated by the following;

  • The Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation handed over a multi-purpose sport court to the municipality and community of Luckhoff during June 2011.
  • The Re Kgaba ka Diratswana project is implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • The construction of clinics in Jacobsdal, Luckhoff and Oppermansgronde are being planned.
  • The upgrade of the library building in Oppermansgronde and construction of a new public libraries in Jacobsdal, Petrusburg and Luckhoff as well as the development of a sport complex and recreational facilities in Luckhoff are part of the future planning of the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.

Letsemeng Local Municipality

During the 2009/2010 financial year, the municipality attended to the following infrastructure projects;

  • Upgraded of Jacobsdal Waste Water Treatment Plant (continuation)
  • Upgraded of Koffiefontein sewer purification works (continuation)
  • Petrusburg: Upgraded waste water treatment works;
  • Upgraded Streets and Storm Water Systems in Koffiefontein
  • Koffiefontein/Dithlake: Upgraded sports complex (MIS:122922)

During the 2008/2009 financial year, the municipality attended to the following infrastructure projects:

Water and Sanitation

  • Koffiefontein: Upgrading of sewer purification works
  • Ratanang/Saundershoogte: Provision of sanitation for 740 stands
  • Jacobsdal: Upgrading of waste water treatment works
  • Luckhoff/Relebohile: Ext 2 – Provision of water and sanitation for 295 stands
  • Teisesville: Bucket eradication for 200 sites
  • Petrusburg/Bolokanang: provision of 342 VIP structures and 29 waterborne toilets

Roads and infrastructure development

  • The construction and paving of Mthonjeni Street in Bolokanang, Petrusburg
  • The construction and upgrading of storm water infrastructure in Petrusburg
  • The construction and paving of Leeubekkie Street in Teisesville
  • The repair and reseal of Fourth and Skool streets in Saundershoogte, Jacobsdal

Electricity

The municipality has electrified of 300 sites in Luckhoff.