Clover leaves Lichtenburg after years of service delivery problems.
- The Northwest government still believes that Clover can be confident that it will maintain South Africa’s largest cheese mill in Lichtenburg.
- The company has already begun moving its business to Queensburgh, eThekwini, accusing local governments of inadequate service provision.
- However, the mayor of Ditzbotra, Tuhorofero Moreo, argued against Clover, stating that the reason for the move was “misleading and lacking truth.”
The Northwest government still believes that Clover can be confident that it will maintain South Africa’s largest cheese mill in Lichtenburg.
Earlier this week, Fin24 reported that Clover had closed its production facility in Lichtenburg and moved to KwaZulu-Natal after years of service issues and a failed contract with Ditsobotla Local Municipality. ..
Water and electricity turmoil, and impassable roads were central to the clover problem in Lichtenburg.
However, the mayor of Ditzbotra, Tuhorofero Moreo, argued against Clover, saying the reason for the move was “misleading and lacking truth.”
“The municipality has always promised to leave Clover and Lichtenburg, while at the same time addressing all service deadlocks, which is a major concern for the company,” Moreo said in a statement.
He added that the municipality assisted Clover in a borehole to address the water problem, noting that Eskom was responsible for supplying electricity, not the municipality.
Moreo said Ditbotra is working with local governments to solve water problems in Lichtenburg and the northwest, and Ngaka Modiri Molema local governments are working in large numbers to improve the water supply in the town and the Boikzo and Brideville areas. He said he was implementing a water project.
“To the terrible state of Bayers Node Road [which Clover objected to] As a concern, local governments belong to the Road Traffic Administration, so they are always involved with the Road Traffic Administration for road rehabilitation. The city is also doing its best to maintain the roads. “
The state government is “unaware” of the problem
However, Northwest Prime Minister Job Mogoro sent a political task team led by MEC Desbo Mohono for Agricultural and Rural Development to meet with Clover’s management and persuade the company to stay in Lichtenberg.
On Wednesday, Mokugoro spokesman Visile Ngesi said the state government was unaware of Clover’s problems with the municipality until news of the move came in. He said dairy producers , Although only communicating the concern to the local government (not the state government), the two parties stated that they “could not find each other” on the matter.
Mokgoro believes that with the intervention of the task team, Clover will cancel the move, even though Clover has already begun the move.
“It may seem slow, but we believe it [the factory] It’s still rescueable, “said Ngesi.
He added that solving service problems in the town is important for local agricultural processing areas with thousands of employees. He added that if Clover, which had more than 300 full-time employees, retired, other companies could follow suit and turn Lichtenburg, which relies on mining and agriculture, into a “ghost town.”
The contracts made by the task team include not only the utility Eskom, but also other companies in the region.
Clover did not want to comment on the question as to whether Fin24 would consider maintaining its presence in Lichtenburg, nor did it respond to the new request for an answer following the statements of Moreo and the state government. did.
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