Metsimaholo Local Municipality has established a new multi-purpose centre for the youth and the general public in Harry Gwala section. The facility was donated by Sasol Coal as part of its social responsibility.
The municipal spokesperson, Gino Alberts, said the initiative is aimed at getting the nation to participate in sport.
“The municipality contributed to this development by making land available, and we are happy that finally our youth and sports people have a venue where they can polish their skills through training and exercises,” he said.
The structure also features a satellite police station and a fire-brigade unit to ensure accessible services for local people, who had to travel almost 20 kilometres to the nearest police station in Zamdela Township.
The multi-purpose centre is equipped with a tennis court, a netball court, a hall for conferences and events, a football play-ground, netball court and volley ball court.
Metsimaholo Local Municipality has joined hands with the provincial department of co-operative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs to provide decent homes for the people of Zamdela.
The partnership has developed a project called the Community Residential Units (CRU), which seeks to transform the housing system in the province.
The project which is expected to cost R116-million aims to complete 96 housing units of the envisaged 392 in the first phase by the end of June. The units will be occupied by renting residents who are already on the waiting list.
The units are also meant to make way for the intended demolition of the old apartheid government single male hostels which used to house migrant workers in the township.