President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Heidedal, east of Bloemfontein, after the community have eagerly been awaiting his arrival since early this morning.
Ramapohosa’s arrival at the Opkoms Clinic was met with great excitement by the people of Heidedal and surrounding townships. Local ANC members, government officials and state vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks and traffic cars lined the streets in the area.
During his visit at the Opkoms Clinic, the president met with locals and patients at the community centre. The premier of the Free State, Sisi Ntombela, among others, accompanied the president.
Ntombela promised the president that the clinic will be improved and said a contractor has been appointed. Ramaphosa urged the contractor to ensure the clinic will be fully operational as the contractor promised work on the building will begin tomorrow morning.
The president also handed out prescription glasses to elderly members of the community who have been for eye tests before.
Resident of Heidedal, Agnes Seekoei, told Bloemfontein Courant that she is very impressed by the president. “He is the first president in recent years who has decided to visit Heidedal. So we are very excited. Presidents don’t normally bother to come here. I want to thank President Ramaphosa and ask God to give him more blessings,” said Seekoei.
The president is also expected to visit other parts of Managaung such as Phase 6 and Phase 4 after bringing a quick visit to the central business district earlier this morning. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele