South Africa: In continuing with interventions provided by the Free State Department of Social Development under the leadership of MEC Motlagomang “Mamiki” Qabathe to the people of Jagersfontein affected by the mining sludge that destroyed their homes; the MEC pays an oversight visit to the area.
The MEC appreciated the cleaning campaign by the 60 students from the University of the Free State, the Red Cross and the Department.
MEC Qabathe further thanked the University of Free State for deploying 60 students to Jagersfontein. She further urged the volunteers to donate clothes for the affected Youth as there is still a shortage.
Part of the MEC’s visit today was to see the progress in terms of houses which will be allocated to assist those who are still placed in the Sandstone Hotel, Bloemfontein, whose houses were completely destroyed, to be able to come back home.
The Department of Social Development in the Province pledged solidarity with the people of Jagersfontein and made a commitment that government will continue providing the much needed services until their lives are restored, and the situation goes back to normal.
The MEC added that “On behalf of the people who are in Bloemfontein and those who are living in other people’s houses, we need to make sure cleaning of houses must be efficiently done with speed since it is never easy to live away from home.”
The MEC for Social Development further pledged support to the people of Jaggersfontein during this dark period and once again reiterated the government’s unconditional support and solidarity.