Anthony Benadie MPL
Provincial Leader – Mpumalanga
Yesterday, the DA delivered a beacon of hope to the community of Matibidi in the Thaba Chweu municipality, when DA federal leader Helen Zille, Provincial Leader Anthony Benadie and provincial chairperson James Masango officially opened the Remmogo crèche.
The crèche, located along the main road of Matibidi, across from the world famous Blyde River Canyon came to life after the DA, school principal Constance Mashigo, local tribal authorities, and generous donors combined resources and efforts to construct a school large enough to accommodate the 68 children in Mashigo’s care.
It’s a first of its kind in Matibidi, and will become a living symbol of the DA’s caring presence in this impoverished community. This crèche symbolises the DA’s commitment to bringing quality education to children and improving the lives of all. It also amplifies the DA’s ability to deliver the best service, even where we are in opposition.
The new building is a far cry from the small office originally used, where Mashigo and her children were evicted from by the local ANC councillor. While principal Mashigo originally approached the DA for a donation of construction materials to build a shack school, we have managed to build a facility that will instil pride, joy and dignity for every learner that passes through its doors.
The new R1,458 million facility is fully equipped with classrooms, furniture, bathrooms, kitchen and playground – creating the perfect environment for pre-schoolers to enter into and complete the foundation phase of their education career.
This crèche stands as symbol to the people of Matibidi and Mpumalanga that the DA is not only ready to deliver a better life for all who live in Mpumalanga, but it is further testament to our commitment to bringing everyone freedom they can use.
While service delivery in Thaba Chweu has practically collapsed, the DA is increasingly assuming the responsibility of delivering services to all in the municipality, and in stark contrast to the ANC’s track record, the crèche took a mere three months to build.
We are proud to have delivered this gift to the people of Matibidi and wish the principal, learners and parents many years of happy learning and playing in their new school.