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HUNDREDS of youths and women from impoverished backgrounds in the Greater Tubatse municipality had their Christmas early when they were employed in a multi-million rand project.
More than 230 poor residents were employed to build new municipal offices in the Burgersfort city centre.
Construction began earlier this year and judging from the speed with which the builders are working the new offices will have opened their doors for business by June next year.
The project is estimated to cost R75million.
The building will comprise staff offices, a municipal library, council chamber, cafeteria, licensing offices and parking areas.
Technical services director Bruce Mohlaba said when workers were appointed preference was given to local youths and women, depending on the skills local residents had.
Mohlaba said the municipality would be renting the new offices from a private company.
The municipality would then continue to use the old offices to perform other duties of the municipality.
He said the new offices would be accessible, efficient and user-friendly compared with the current ones.
A visit by a Sowetan team yesterday took place in an old and dilapidated building opposite the New Town used as municipal offices.
Some of the managers' offices do not have windows and are too small to accommodate three visitors.
"Because of the situation here we decided to move to new premises that would be user-friendly in an endeavour to serve our people with precision and distinction ," Mohlaba said.
Mmorubula Sebopela of Mashamtana village, from one of the indigent families working on the project, said the future looked bright for the "have nots in Burgersfort".
Sebopela, who is also a single mother of seven, said she had been hoping for a good Christmas for her and her children.
The project was hailed by everyone, including traditional authorities and ordinary residents.
Municipal manager Simon Malepeng said the future looked bright for the residents since the town was surrounded by more than 14 platinum mines.