Multimillion-rand centre opens

2016-07-29 06:00
Photo: Siphelele Nketo At the opening of the Alfred Nzo Multi-Purpose Community Centre, Nomazotsho Nzo (left) and MEC Helen Sauls-August.

Photo: Siphelele Nketo At the opening of the Alfred Nzo Multi-Purpose Community Centre, Nomazotsho Nzo (left) and MEC Helen Sauls-August.

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THE R35,5 million Alfred Nzo Multi-Purpose Community Centre in Thaba-Chicha village was opened in honour of the late freedom fighter, Alfred Nzo, last Thursday.

Alfred was born in Thaba-Chicha and in the first democratic government was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister under the then president, Nelson Mandela.

Eastern Cape MEC for Human Settlements Helen Sauls-August opened the facility accompanied by Matatiele Municipality Mayor Momelezi Mbedla, and Nzo’s siblings, Nomazotsho (87) and Mlungisi Nzo (79).

The centre will house health, social development, SAPS, Home Affairs and recreational grounds.

Sauls-August said the facility was built after the district and municipality asked for service delivery projects for rural people.

“This facility is in honour of the late Alfred Nzo who fought for freedom. People of 10 villages, including Thaba-Chicha, will no longer have to travel to town to access government services.”

She appealed to the local municipality to protect the facility from vandalism and ensure that it is kept clean.

Nomazotsho, who doesn’t live in the village, said people of Thaba-Chicha deserve the facility under her brother’s name.

“As the family we are happy to see this kind of facility in this area. Thank you to the government for honouring my brother.”

Mbedla said the facility will be protected by the municipality and called on the community to look after it and keep it clean.

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