The community of Vrede is proud of its new kid-on-theblock, in Thembalihle. This is in a form of a new Primary School named, Thembalihle Primary School.
This school project is part of the many other infrastructure projects, the Department has successfully completed on behalf of the Department of Education.
Located in the heart of the community of Vrede, Thembalihle Primary School is a state of the art facility that showcases the capacity of the Department as an infrastructure delivery agent on behalf of other Departments
Consistent with the motto “Opening the doors of learning and leaving no child behind,” schools’ infrastructure development has a fundamental role in expanding access to every corner of the Province. Schools are centres of human development and education is an equalizer that bridges the inequality gap.
Thembalihle is an infrastructural masterpiece, a true embodiment of service delivery excellence. The school boasts a hall with a capacity of just over 850 seats, a library, math, computer and science labs, an administrative block, jungle gymnasium.
Massive investments bring huge economic spinoffs and it is no different for the community of Vrede. In various ways, this school project has played a pivotal role in the empowerment of locals. Skills transfer has been at the centre of the implementation programme. The project has served as an enabler for local contractors, particularly subcontractors. Through beneficiation, local contractors were given an opportunity to make a contribution in the development of their own town by empowering young people with employment opportunities, as well as up skilling them.
Delivering her maiden Departmental Budget Vote Speech at the Fourth Raadsaal in Mangaung, Bloemfontein, MEC Motshidise Koloi emphasized the importance of schools infrastructure development to stimulate economic growth and job creation. “Infrastructure development is a catalyst progressive change within our communities and that systematic implementation thereof creates job opportunities for local people where projects are constructed,” MEC Koloi alluded.
She added that “contractors and subcontractors are economically empowered through the 30% set aside as mandated by the governing party’s manifesto aimed at ensuring equal share of the wealth of the country amongst all it’s nationals.”