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PREMIER NTOMBELA AND SOCIAL PARTNERS BRING MORE AID TO JAGERSFONTEIN DISASTER VICTIMS

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Free State Provincial Government led by Premier Sefora Ntombela, in partnership with several partners made a stop on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, at the Sandstone Sleeper Estate, where 201 people from Jagersfontein, in Kopanong local municipality, have been temporarily placed following Sunday’s disastrous mudslide.

Following a meeting with mine, Minister for Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe and Mayor of Kopanong Municipality, Xolani Tseletsele also joined EXCO at Sandstone Estate.

The minister’s visit came only a day after President Cyril Ramaphosa also visited the place to see for himself the horror which unfolded in Jagersfontein.

The Premier was joined by MECs Mxolisi Dukwana, Tshidi Koloi, Mamiki Qabathe and Director General Kopung Ralikontsane. The caring government donated blankets, food, dignity packs and clothes to the people today.

“We are humbled by the presence of Minister Gwede Mantashe who held discussions with the mining company where the disaster happened” Premier Sisi Ntombela

“We are the government of the people, by the people and ours is to help our people when they are in distress” added the Premier

The tragedy that devastated Jagersfontein has caused massive damage. That is why, soon after learning of this disaster, government rolled up it’s sleeves and worked around the clock to ensure that the people were taken care of.

The Premier also expressed her appreciation for her executive particularly, MEC Mxolosi Dukwana and MEC Mamiki Qabathe for their hard work. we appeal to our people to exercise patience and allow government to complete its work.

“What we do not want to see happen is houses being rebuilt on unsuitable land. We also need to allow our health professionals to conduct the necessary tests to avoid possible inhalation of toxic air laced with harmful chemicals” MEC Dukwana

Another encouraging update is that the missing lady has been found alive. She is currently in hospital under the care of medical professionals and we wish her a speedy discovery.

Sincere thanks to all the social partners for walking this journey with government and the people. I special thanks to The South African Women in Construction, Gift of the Givers, South African Red Cross and AL – Imdaad foundation (International Humanitarian Aid Organization)

Together, we are building the Free State we want!!

BY FREE STATE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

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