Multimillion-rand youth centre completed

2017-01-20 06:01
Bhongweni Youth Centre before completion. Photo:Siphelele Nketo  

Bhongweni Youth Centre before completion. Photo:Siphelele Nketo  

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THE long-overdue Bhongweni Youth Centre in Kokstad has finally been completed and the Greater Kokstad Municipality is looking for ways to use it to develop young people.

The construction of the centre started in 2011 and was completed in December 2016. The R15 million that was budgeted for the centre was not enough and millions had to be added in order for it to be completed.

In June last year, former GKM mayor, Nosisa Jojozi opened the centre and people wondered why it was opened before completion.
GKM spokesperson Sabelo Ncwane confirmed that the centre is now 100 percent finished.

“The municipality is going to hand over the centre to the community of Kokstad for young people to use. Now the municipality is looking for ways on how it is going to assist young people.”

The centre has a tennis, basketball netball court. It also has a studio for a radio station. A group of artists under KSDK thanked the municipality for finally finishing the centre.

KSDK manager, Kaya Mkatu said the centre is going to help artists with recording their music.

“The delay of the centre shows there is a problem with the municipality. I expect the centre to act as a progressive hub of knowledge and development of young people,” said Harry Gwala ANC Youth League spokesperson, Ntando Maduna.

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