School Infrastructure Development has been at the center of creating a conducive environment for Education to take place and indeed an integral part of the success the Free State in Education department has enjoyed.
In the previous financial year the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure embarked on a massive school infrastructure programme in all districts of the Province which further drives home the commitment to produce a highly skilled workforce that can assist build a strong economy that responds to the needs of our communities.
The Department of Public Works & Infrastructure under the leadership of MEC Dora Kotzee acknowledged the integral role infrastructure plays in the development of the youth of our nation.
Hani Park Primary School in Welkom, is one of the Departmental multi-year projects “we” implement on behalf of client Department like the Department of Education which is envisaged to accommodate 1300 Learners.
The school construction project has not only been a source of job creation and poverty alleviation but has been a source of skills development. A number of young people from the community were afforded the opportunity to learn and acquire skills through the skills transfer mechanisms in the project.
With their newly acquired skills, the youth built 24 classrooms, including an admin block, computer lab and a spacious hall a true demonstration of imparting skills to young people.
This provides hope and joy that the Free State government is serious about youth development particularly at this time, the country celebrated youth month and commemorates the youth of 1976 which confronted the oppressive and illegitimate apartheid regime.
The learners are currently in the mobile classes and they will soon move to the newly built school after MEC Dora Kotzee with her counterparts from the Department of Education officially hand-over the school project to its Client, the Department of Education.
On the Departmental Facebook page, Users had this to say about the construction of Hani Park primary school:
Tlake Rubben Khoarai: “In my capacity as ward councillor in this ward, we would like to thank the department for erecting this beautiful masterpiece in our ward. Dankie MEC, Dora Kotzee.”
Fezeka Mbola: “My school, wow! So beautiful. Beautiful, thank you Dora Kotzee.”