Happiness and cheers at new developments
FREE State premier Ace Magashule yesterday received a hero's welcome when he visited Qwaqwa.
Magashule and his entourage were visiting the area to inspect changes and new developments brought about by his government.
He visited Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli Hospital in Qwaqwa, Manthatisi Combined School in Tsheteng village and inspected several newly built RDP houses in Maqhekung.
Magashule was greeted with songs and ululation at all the places he visited and was given a traditional Basotho blanket and hat.
At Manthatisi school, which caters for pupils from surrounding farms, principal Jacob Mavundla applauded Magashule's government for transforming the school's hostel and building a swimming pool.
"Today farm pupils have dignity like any other pupil. We want them to feel special and focus on their education," said Magashule.
Magashule later gave female pupils sanitary towels.
The entourage then proceeded to the hospital where doctors and nurses thanked the premier for improving facilities and succeeding in halting maternal fatalities.
Magashule said they decided to intervene last October by buying relevant equipment and employing extra nurses and doctors.
The hospital is one of the pilot projects of the mooted National Health Insurance Scheme.
Magashule also donated clothing vouchers to new mothers, including Puseletso Mokoena who had just given birth to a set of twins.
At Maqhekung, Magashule inspected a few completed five-roomed RDP houses. Most of the beneficiaries were happy to see the premier with his entourage.
"I am so happy. Today I have a new three-bedroom house.
"My children now have their own privacy. We lived in a two-roomed house for more than 20 years," said Jeminah Dlamini.