The Department of Public Works & Infrastructure handed over the Community Hall in Botshabelo on 23 February 2018. This hall project was a direct initiative of the Department billed to serve the needs of the community of Botshabelo especially the people of Ward 36. With a sitting capacity of about 800 chairs the hall boasts an elevated stage with ample lighting, outside and indoor wheelchair ramps, ablution facilities for both sexes and change rooms, a kitchen area and storeroom.
Some of the special structural features include, a steel structural composition that makes the frame of the hall filled with face brick, ample space safe guarded by fence to mark the perimeter of the facility, safety features that include, trallidoor at the main entrance, main doors covered with a sheeting to increase life expectancy, windows glazed with 60% tint to manage UV rays.
The glazing will also act as a security feature (like the smash and grab in cars) as it will minimize the chances of breakage when objects hit the windows.
“As the community of Botshabelo especially here at Ward 36 we are happy and pleased by this gesture. MEC Dora Kotzee and her Department have responded progressively to the call of addressing our request to have a structure like this hall to service us,” said Councilor Teboho Mohapi of Ward 36. This hall will address so many things like recreational activities within and around Ward 36, serve a point of rendezvous to address community issues.
Molefe Ramatsie representing the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality Infrastructure Unit joined the team of Government representatives to receive the facility.
From the Department of Public Works & Infrastructure the Chief Director, Property Management, Gladys Zake and Rose Melato Chief of Staff in the MEC’s Office as well as Deon Fourie from the Public Works Engineers Unit came to witness the technical handover to the Municipality.
The hall can start serving its purpose, which is to serve the community.