MORE than R9 million will be injected into community projects in the Umvoti Local Municipality. The projects will see the construction of community halls in Ward 12 and Ward 14 respectively. This emerged at the launch of the construction on Thursday, February 6. The first project will kick off this month in the Msengeni area in Ngome. An amount of R6,6 million will be spent on the construction of a new, state-of-the-art community hall that will serve the more than 3 000 residents of Ngome and Mabomvini. The project is anticipated to create job opportunities for locals, including the youth. While addressing the public at the sod turning ceremony, the mayor of Umvoti Local Municipality, Thami Ngubane, introduced the contractors of the project. He also urged the community to take ownership of these two community infrastructure projects and protect them from vandalism. The second project involves the construction of a community hall at KwaHlalaphansi at Nqoleni. The construction of this community hall, at an estimated cost of R4 million, is expected to take six months. This project will create job opportunities for the local community, which has a high unemployment rate. Each project will create ten general worker and two security guard positions as well as one community liaison officer position. Ngubane said the launch of these projects was in line with government’s plan to restore human dignity to previously disadvantaged communities. He said that in 2016 the community of KwaHlalalaphansi outlined its top priorities, which included the construction of a community hall.Ngubane said that after evaluating the priority list proposed by the community at the time, the municipality, after carefully considering the community’s needs, decided to launch the construction of the two community halls.