Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle handed over a refurbished home to 99 year old Gogo Nozamile Ida Botha in Venterstad’s Ovinston Township.
This as he visited the small farming town to launch the Public Service Month campaign and open Masiphathisane War Rooms for the communities in and around the newly established Walter Sisulu Local Municipality. The municipality incorporates Venterstad, Jamestown, Aliwal North, Steynsburg and Burgersdorp (Gariep and Maletswai Municipalities).
Gogo Nozamile shed tears of joy as Masualle handed over the refurbished home complete with electrification and a geyser. In true demonstration of Masiphathisane approach the improvements in this home were as a result of a Public Private Partnership (PPP), to better her life.
“It feels like a load has been taken off my shoulders, I now understand that I am not alone. I am so happy, I feel like a child born yesterday,” said Gogo Nozamile after receiving the house.
A few metres from Gogo Nozamile’s home, Premier Masualle also switched on a high mast light, with six other switched on in Burgersdorp’s townships of Eureka, Thembisa and Mzamomhle (also known as Mountain View). The switching on of the high mast lights in the townships will go a long way in ensuring safety of communities.
Speaking to members of the community, the Premier urged for improved relations between communities and councillors. “Councillors must work with communities to find solutions. Be in a continuous partnership with communities and use Masiphathisane to find innovative to solutions to challenges,” he said.
The Public Service Month is a government campaign aimed at promoting integrated service delivery and increasing government’s interventions in communities. The next stop for the campaign will be in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality during the last two weeks of September.