Plan for project laid out

2015-06-10 06:02
MANGALISO MATIKA, the speaker of the Sol Plaatje ­Municipality, briefing the media.
Boipelo Mere

MANGALISO MATIKA, the speaker of the Sol Plaatje ­Municipality, briefing the media. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE Sol Plaatje Municipality, with the support of the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, has embarked on the establishment of a Nelson Mandela Memorial Monument Precinct.

The precinct is expected to be a landmark project which will create a heritage centre for future and current generations and transform the landscape.

At a press briefing on Friday (05/06), Mangaliso Matika, the speaker of the Sol Plaatje Municipality, highlighted that Kimberley was one of the oldest recognisable cities with a rich history.

Matika promised public participation in the project.

He revealed that the project would be built on the pillars of heritage, arts and culture, economical and skills development and community service.

“The aim is to contribute to the efforts of building bridges and uniting our community, as well as seeking to transform the city,” Matika said.

Matika highlighted that the creation of jobs through the project would be one of the most important factors which was expected to bring sustainability for the community.

“In the Northern Cape there is a high unemployment rate and this project will provide about 1 400 jobs mostly focused on young women.”

Matika referred to, among others, jobs for cleaners, trainers, clerks, receptionists and filing clerks.

Emphasising the importance of people not forgetting where they came from, Matika stated that history shaped, our future.

According to Matika, the construction of the monument precinct will change the aesthetics of Galeshewe, compliment the Tourism and Heritage Strategy of the province and assist the revamping of ­areas like Greenpoint, Roodepan, Galeshewe, Richie, ­Riverton and Pam­pierstad


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