Wepener community hall gets facelift

Naledi Local Municipality executive mayor Mpolokeng Mahase has expressed delight at the recent refurbishment of the Qibing Community Hall in Wepener.

She was raised in the small farming town and had, like many other members of this community, become unhappy with the state of the public facility before the municipality intervened.

“It was a daily painf for me when passing this hall and realising what state it was in after so many memories it created for me and many people around this community,” Mahase said.

The project to refurbish the hall was undertaken in partnership with the Department of Public Works at a cost of R769 000.

Mahase said the money was well spent.

“This hall serves many purposes for our community from young people to the elders,” she said.

“Elder people are using it to receive their grants every month while young people hold their meetings in it including myself when I meet with residents.”

Mahase said she still cherished memories of watching the late Brenda Fassie and Lucky Dube’s live performances at the Wepener hall.

“It all happened a long time ago while I was young and I still believe that one day children will have the opportunity to meet some of their role models face to face and they will need a place where that can happen,” she said.

During her tour of the hall last week, Mahase met the 53-year-old Mathabiso Mosotho who thanked the mayor for doing a good job.

“This hall looks much better than it was before and I believe it also brings good things to our community at large as well,” Mosotho said.

“I would like to thank you personally for ensuring that the community receives services like SASSA (social grants) close to their homes.”

Mahase added that her municipality was also still in talks with the Department of Public Works to fund the renovation of another public hall in Wepener which was burnt down by protesting members of the community.

Meanwhile work is already underway to renovate two other community halls in the neighbouring Dewetsdorp farming town – Morojaneng and Thapelong – with R468 000 having been set aside for the project.