I n carrying out the mandate of delivering socio-economic infrastructure projects, the department of Public Works and Infrastructure is currently busy with construction and maintenance of infrastructure projects to meet the basic needs of the people.
Following the infrastructure projects that are still under construction and to be completed in the 2017/2018 financial year, Ikgomotseng Hall is one of the smart Innovative projects the department is embarking on. This Multipurpose Hall is in the small rural town, Soutpan, just outside Bloemfontein.
The Ikgomotseng Construction Project commenced in April 2015 as a means to address many societal challenges and limitations confronting the area. Currently, the first of the two phased construction project is nearing completion.
The project employed over 20 EPWP participants in the area, led by the Artisans of Department. The scope of work been includes Painting, Welding, Roofing, Carpentry, Flooring, Plumbing, Electrical Work, Paving and Fencing.
The facility consists of two Twin Halls with a kitchen, boardroom, Male and Female bathrooms, and for persons living with disabilities, storerooms, dressing rooms and an administrative block.
The Department is indeed the orchestrator of infrastructure development that brings about socio-economic transformation in the lives of ordinary South Africans.
Having created over 45000 job opportunities in the 2016/17 financial year as delivered in the budget speech, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure continues on its quest to make a positive impact in the lives of people of the Free State by creating work opportunities to curb their social ills.
Zamdela location is the recipient of the newly built Special School named, Bhekezela Primary Special School.
The purpose of these school projects across the province is to create state of the art schools which will also provide easy access for pupils living with disabilities.
The Bhekezela school project commenced in March 2015 and currently the project is months ahead of schedule and rapidly nearing its completion.
The project already employed two local contractors and over 220 labourers and it is forecast to employ 60 more people as it moves to the next phase of construction
The scope of work for the Bhekezela Primary School project includes: mathematics lab, admin block, nutrition centre with kitchen, tuck shop and dining room, aviation Room, specialised toilets for grade-R learners, media centre, caretaker room, hall with store room, kitchen, toilets for males, females and people with disabilities, and more.
Kopanelang Thuto is one other school Project underway in Zamdela. Although the school is operational, the department is busy extending its scope of work, building new classrooms for the grade R’s. The addition scope of work is at foundation phase and is on schedule.