2017/05/26 Gopolang Leepile
The Gauteng Provincial Government today visited Hammanskraal, north of Tshwane as part of the Ntirhisano Community Outreach Programme, to report on the progress of the commitments they had made to the community on their last two visits.
During one of the site visits to service delivery centres, Premier David Makhura together with MEC for Human Settlements, Paul Mashatile visited the Temba Water Purification Centre, where the plant that currently has the capacity of 60ml (mega litres), is now being upgraded to carry over 120ml.
Previously, the plant’s water capacity could not supply the growing community of Hammanskraal and surrounding areas. The project is estimated to be completed in November this year.
Lara Mokoena, Acting Director of Water Distribution at the City of Tshwane said: “Due to the rapid increase of the population in this area, electrical faults and the poor quality of water that the recent plant produced, it was only fit to extend the plant to cater for more people in the future”.
Premier Makhura and MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, along with two superiors from both Temba and Hammanskraal Police Station, met to check on the progress made in crime reduction in the areas.
Brigadier Page Dibetle, Station Commander of Temba Police Station, a cluster that previously performed at a provincial average of 18%, now on 75.5 %, said since the Gauteng government intervened, his station has been able to eradicate burglaries, drug cartels and destruction of property.
“We want to reduce crime in this area and the whole province. This will decrease the national crime statistics by half.
“We also urge the community to work with our law enforcement to fight gender based violence as we cannot win this war alone. These violent incidents happen in their eyes and they are the only ones who can be our eyes and ears to permanently stop the abuse,” Premier Makhura said.
Furthermore, the last site visit was at the Tshwane BPO centre that is currently under construction. If things go according to plan, the project is expected to be finished in March 2018.
With 1 980 jobs created and 25 local sub-contractors given contracts on the construction, Makhura said that 1 000 young people would be trained and employed at the centre as part of the Tshepo 1Million programme when it is completed.