_: Plans are afoot to build a sophisticated multicultural city in Taung, North West Premier Thandi Modise announced during a meeting held with traditional leaders from Taung on Wednesday.
Premier Modise was accompanied by MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism Motlalepule Rosho, MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs Manketse Tlhape, the Executive Mayor of Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Tshoganyetso Tladinyane and the Mayor of Taung Local Municipality Kaone Lobelo.
The meeting was attended by Kgosi Kgosi emang Mothibi of Batlhaping Ba Ga Mothibi, Kgosi Tshepo Mankuroane of Batlhaping Ba Ga Phuducwana and Kgosi Nyoko Motlhabane of Batlhaping Ba Ga Maidi Traditional Councils.
“We want development, we think Taung can become a city, it will not be for the first time that a multicultural city is established,” said Premier Modise citing the Belgian city of Brussels as a good example of the sophisticated cultural city they envisage for Taung.
Modise also told the meeting that they will develop the place where the Taung Skull was discovered. The Taung Skull ranks among the most important early human fossils ever discovered. It is also believed to be the first hominid to be discovered in Africa.
“We must preserve our heritage sites and make sure that future generations know about these important archaeological discoveries in our province. It is part of the history of the province and it’s also crucial for scientific research,” said the Premier.
Modise reiterated that her administration in conjunction with the local chiefs will ensure that the local communities benefit from the number of projects that they have in the pipeline.
“Whatever development we do, we must always make sure that locals are the first beneficiaries. We want services to go to the people,” reiterated Modise.
Premier Modise also told the meeting that the provincial government wants to open a preparatory school for traditional leaders in the province. She said the school that will teach critical leadership and management skills is more likely to draw interest from other provinces across the country.
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