Government opens Bophelong Social Infrastructure programme

Children and elderly beneficiaries of new facility. Gauteng Social Development MEC, Honourable Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, together with the Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality, Councillor Gift Moerane officially opened the Bophelong Social Infrastructure Programme on Tuesday, 09 April 2019. 

The facility in Extension 2, Bophelong will be used daily by over 267 beneficiaries - children and elderly residents, and boasts an Early Childhood Development Centre, a service centre for older people and an admin block for social work services.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) involves two (2) informal clusters namely - Bohlokwa Day Care Centre and Blessing Early Learning Centre. Clustering of these sites will result in the closure of the informal sites.

Services to Older People involves three (3) service centres to be clustered namely - Itsoseng Bophelong Service Centre, Bophelong Veterans Club and Bophelong Women’s Club. All the three service centers do not have proper structures that meet the norms and standards and the municipality By-laws. Community based services to the elders offers active ageing programs, psychological support, educational programs and hygiene and grooming services.

In 2007, the Gauteng Provincial Government prioritised Infrastructure Development in terms of 20 Prioritized Townships in the Gauteng province. Bophelong was identified as one of the 20 Prioritized Township Project.

Through a series of community meetings - community stakeholders became involved in the development of the program, planning and implementation of 20 Prioritised Township Project. The Sedibeng Regional Office of the Gauteng Department of Social Development initiated the establishment of a multitask team comprising of local councillors, Emfuleni Local Municipality, community development workers and existing community structures at large. The purpose of the Multi-Task Team was a programme development for the prototype.

Both MEC Mayathula-Khoza and Mayor Moerane have pleaded with the community of Bophelong to take care of the facility as it was built to serve them.

The new Bophelong Social Infrastructure Programme will benefit over 267 beneficiaries – children and elderly residents.

By Bianca Thatyana

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