About the Branch Manager - Mr Oupa Abraham Kale
Oupa Abraham Kale holds an Honours Degree in Public Administration and has years’ of experience in management. He enjoys working in a team to achieve objective on time and with excellence. He is eager to learn, enjoy overcoming challenges, and has a genuine interest in Business Management.
Oupa Kale's motivation: "Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end."
Background about Xhariep District
The District constitutes the southern part of the Free State Province and covers an area of approximately 34,249 km². According to the Statistics South Africa census data, the population of the District is approximately 126,130. 50.8% being women and 49.2% men. Statistics South Africa estimates that 69% of this population is below 35 years. The total number of households within the District is estimated at about 38,811.
The main contributors to the area’s economy are agriculture, which generates approximately 28% of GVA; public service and administration 26%; services and retail 17%; and construction 8%. The agricultural sector is also the largest employer.
Three National Roads (N1 - Gauteng to Cape Town, N6 - Eastern Cape to Bloemfontein and N8 - Bloemfontein to Kimberley) pass through the District. The largest dam in Southern Africa is also situated at the southern tip of the District.
The District is furthermore adequately served with lower level health infrastructure such as clinics, but more sophisticated facilities, such as laboratory services, are only available in regional centres like Bloemfontein.
The District comprises 17 towns, which boasts of abundant natural resources such as water and agricultural land. The area is also relatively crime free.
Many households still do not have access to potable water and although the quality of surface water is generally good, it is not so in towns where sewerage treatment works are poorly maintained. There has been also a large increase in the backlog of basic sanitation provision. Electricity is installed in 76% of homes for lighting, but only about one-third of households use it for cooking and heating, with paraffin and wood still in use in many homes. Waste management is also the responsibility of the district municipality but Xhariep does not have capacity to perform this function effectively. About 30% of households do not have refuse removed by their local authority at least once a week.
Just over the half of Xhariep's population is under the age of 29, which raises many planning questions given the high rate of illiteracy and the lack of employment opportunities. The immediate concerns are high drop-out rates at school, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancies, delinquencies and a rise in HIV infection rates.
Xhariep District Municipality situated in the southern part of the Free State. It is currently made up of four local municipalities: Letsemeng, Kopanong, Mohokare and Naledi, which include 21 towns. Its administrative headquarters are in Trompsburg, which lies 125km south of Bloemfontein. The towns in this district boast abundant natural resources such as water and agricultural land. The largest dam in South Africa is situated at the southern tip of the district. Three national roads (N1 – Gauteng to Cape Town, N6 – Eastern Cape to Bloemfontein and N8 – Bloemfontein to Kimberley) pass through this area.
Cities/Towns: Bethulie, Dewetsdorp, Edenburg, Fauresmith, Gariep Dam, Jacobsdal, Jagersfontein, Koffiefontein, Luckhoff, Oppermansgronde, Petrusburg, Philippolis, Reddersburg, Rouxville, Smithfield, Springfontein, Trompsburg, Van Stadensrus, Waterkloof, Wepener, Zastron Main Economic Sectors: Agriculture, construction, mining, transport and communication.