Kanye — An over P4 million project to erect solar street light commenced in Kanye on February 18.
Funded through the constituency programme, the project is expected to be completed by April 24.
Speaking at the commissioning of the project, Kanye Administrative Authority chairperson Mr Tlhomamo Dibeela said the street lights would not only illuminate the village but would also give the community some dignity.
He said the project came at a time when the village was experiencing power cuts saying the lights would enhance safety on the streets.
Mr Dibeela commended councillors for agreeing to forfeit projects in their wards in order to fund the street light project that was for the benefit of the whole village.
"I applaud you for putting your political differences aside and focusing on what is best for the community that you lead," he said.
He disclosed that commencement of the project was delayed by protests regarding the tender.
Mr Dibeela called on residents to take responsibility to ensure proper care of the lights to avoid unnecessary maintenance costs.
Southern District Council deputy chairman Mr Thamiso Chabalala said the lights would go a long way in changing the landscape of the village as well as disturbing criminals who advantage of the dark.
He said the project was the beginning of more good things to come to the village and was a demonstration of the spirit of unity among the civic leaders.
Mr Chabalala urged them to continue working towards investing in big projects that benefited the whole village instead of ward only.
Furthermore, Mr Chabalala appealed to Kanye residents to take proper care of the lights because they were expensive.
"We must jealously protect what is ours, otherwise we would not make progress with other developments," he said.
For his part, the contractor's representative Mr Elvis Muchimika of Ramodisa Projects (Pty) Ltd said they would do their best to complete the project on time.
He said orders had been placed for all materials needed and were expecting delivery the first week of March.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>