In order to address the critical service delivery challenges confronting the community of Frankfort, the Premier of the Free State, Sefora ‘Sisi’ Ntombela, the Executive Council, Mafube Local Municipality, and private sector stakeholders embarked on a massive Hlasela cleaning campaign and immediate relief intervention in Namahadi. The theme for this initiative was “Cleaning and Taking Primary Health Care to the People.”
Premier Ntombela, and entourage got their hands dirty and participated in the cleaning process. Work started prior to the main event which was held on 11 August 2018.
The main focus of the campaign was to clean and fence the landfill site and to clear the illegal dumping sites. Storm water channels that have become a threat to the lives of pedestrians and vehicles were unblocked.
The Premier was joined by MEC for Public Works, Infrastructure & Human Settlement, Dora Kotzee and MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini as two campaign champions.
Taking service to the people, the Department of Health led by MEC Montseng Tsiu was also present to offer the primary healthcare services (Screening and testing of HIV, AIDS, TB and other noncommunicable diseases, provision of School Health Services such as Human Papilloma Virus, Eye Testing, and many more services).
Premier Ntombela donated over 500 blankets to Dr Zuurbeg hospital, and also announced that the hospital will undergo an extensive renovation in this financial year as an immediate measure to speedily address the ailing hospital infrastructure.
“Through our collective efforts to ment all our towns will be spotless and if we continue to demonstrate such unity in action this will be inculcated into all municipalities across the province,” said Premier Ntombela.
Waste collectors to assist Namahadi community were also appointed and MEC Dora Kotzee through EPWP employed some of the community members within Namahadi in the programme. “We will continue to work tirelessly to improve the lives of our people and strive to create a clean environment,” said MEC Dora Kotzee.
The Free State government provided learners with sanitary towels and also awarded the best performing grade 12 learners in Namahadi with new laptops for their hardwork and dedication.
Further assistance was assured and rendered to families without and ailing housing infrastructure, such was through fixing of roofs and cracked walls, building new structures for child headed households etc.
“We appreciate this gesture Madam Premier and we are truly humbled by the inter-governmental cooperation between our spheres of Government in this regards, at least your efforts to assist our Municipality with this much needed cleaning of our community will be maintained until our recovery plan comes to effect,” alluded Mafube Local Municipality Mayor, Ntate Sigasa.