Thursday, 11 October 2018
Thabong: Welkom: Premier of the Free State, Mme Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela, lead Operation Hlasela in Matjhabeng Local Municipality, Welkom. She was accompanied by her Executive Council that included the MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe and Director, Mr Kopung Ralikontsane, Director-General of the Free State Provincial Government and Executive Mayor of Matjhabeng, Cllr Nkosinjani Speelman.
Some of the activities on the day included:
• Official opening of Hani Park Primary School,
• Handover of equipment to local Youth Centre,
• Visit to child-headed families in the area,
• Handover of educational toys to Bokamoso ECD,
• Handover of uniform and sanitary towels at identified schools.
• Issuing of title deeds
• Handover of wheelchairs
• Mass meeting with the community of Hani Park: issuing of title deeds and wheelchairs.
Fully furnished temporary house handed to worthy young recipients.
Devasted by the passing of her grandmother, Relebohile Kgitsane of Thabong, Welkom had to assume the role of a parent to her two sisters at a very young age.
Adding to the burden was the fact that she was unemployment and still in school with the youngest of the siblings seeking care, Relebohile took it upon herself to write a letter to the Premier Ntombela asking for intervention.
Through the Department of Human Settlements, Public Works and Infrastructure the Kgitsane sisters have been build a temporary house and it is fully furnished. They have been allocated site and the Department of Human Settlements will commence with the building of their new home and the two sisters will be going back to finish their school studies.
Premier visits the future of our Province and Country.
Consistent with the words of struggle stalwart Oliver Reginald Tambo, when he said “A nation that does not take care of its children does not deserve it’s future”; Premier Ntombela took time to visit Early Childhood Development Centres in Thabong, Welkom.
Premier arrived to loud cheers and appreciation from the children and teachers. Premier donated stationary, tables, educational toys and tables.
Operation Hlasela donates items to the elderly.
The Premier remembered the elderly citizens of Matjhabeng and together with Victorious Life Ministries under the Spiritual guidance of Pastor November, donated R10,000, which would be used for the benefit of the poorest of the poor in the Hani-park community.
The elderly were also presented with blankets as well as food parcels for the needy families in the area.
Official opening of Chris Hani Primary School.
Remembering her days as a teacher, the Premier in her address to learners said: “I am a teacher by profession. During the oppressive apartheid times we did not have such great classrooms. My learners we taught in a horse stable with no classrooms, we did not even have toilets and when any of us wanted to relieve themselves, they had to go to the field including myself as teacher. Those were the inhuman conditions we were subjected to as black people.”
“Therefore I would like to applaud the government of the ANC for building this masterpiece of an infrastructural development educational facility.” concluded the Premier.
Expanded Public Works and Infrastructure programme.
30 young people employed by Department of Public Works and Infrastructure through its flagship programme Expanded Public Works and Infrastructure and a further 250 employment opportunities envisaged through sewerage infrastructure project commencing in Hani-park.
Young people were not left out.
Premier Ntombela raised R10, 000 that will help in releasing a student’s PHD from University as a result of outstanding fees.
A group of young people received R90, 000 towards their youth centre, others received boiler making equipment worth over R100, 000, others received R15, 000 worth of stock for their newly established tuckshops, containers for their and compressors for tyre fixing companies.
Of the 30 employed community members, the majority we young people of Hani-park and the number will rise starting from tomorrow when the sewer connection infrastructure projects commences.
250 people will be employed during the project. Furthermore 27 people are employees at the newly built Chris Hani Primary, formerly known as Hani-Park Primary.
In Odendaalrus, young people were also the majority of people earmarked for sites in Tambo, ward 10. The Premier said the process is underway and people will be placed at the official sites.