The completion of the two multimillion-rand community halls located in the Maluti-A-Phofung region, including Monontsa Village in the Free State, has left the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure enthusiastic about providing adequate basic service delivery to young and old residents in that area.
The departmental spokesperson, Mlungisi Maqubela, told Bloemfontein Courant the department has already kick-started plans to officially hand over the completed structures by the end of this financial year to the municipality and tribal authority.
He said the Massification Model is geared for mentorship while some technical and practical skills have been transferred to the general labourers participating in the project. He said the completion process was very important with regard to addressing the needs of the locals. “These two infrastructure assets, located in Lusaka, the Lusaka Community Hall, and the Mbeki Hall, were implemented as in-house projects utilising the internal capacity from “our” Works, Construction and Maintenance Section,” he said. “Also of importance is that a model, known as Massification, was used in the implementation of these two halls as well as for many other projects in the province.”
Maqubela added that the Massification model has proved to be worthwhile in these two projects, as young people and women from the communities felt that they benefited from work opportunities and the enhancement of their skills by participating.
“Remember, the department boasts a significant technical skills base, among others the different trades housed at the works, construction and maintenance unit. These include carpentry, welding, painting, brick laying and electrical installations.” Maqubela said participants from both the National Youth Service (NYS) and a sub-programme of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) played an important role in the construction of the super structure. “A total of about R9 090 319.41, including professional fees, has been spent on these two halls,” he concluded. – Lucky Nkuyane