Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela visited a shelter just outside Bloemfontein to deliver masks and blankets among other supplies. This comes after a group of young and homeless people were taken in by the shelter just after lockdown was announced in March.
According to Premier Ntombela the visit on Thursday afternoon, was to give both material support and encouragement to the youngsters after placing them at the shelter in March.
“We paid them a visit where we brought them warm clothing, soap, face masks and blankets. Since we last saw them their transformation has been remarkable. I only wish they are not tempted and lured back into life on the street,” she said.
“They have made so much progress that it would be a shame to see them go backwards. To guard against that the government has a team of professionals to help them should the need arise,” added Ntombela.
The Premier was accompanied by Free State Health MEC Montseng Tsiu and Director General of Free State Government Kopung Ralikontsane during the visit this week.
“These young people feel discarded by society and we have the responsibility to make sure that they can feel like children once again. I hope that in a few years they will become productive members of society,” expressed Ntombela.