Residents of Emfuleni can expect to wait another two years for the completion of the Boipatong Youth Memorial Centre due to poor planning and management as the project remains far from completion.
The Boipatong Youth Memorial, established to honour and remember those who lost their lives in the senseless Boipatong massacre of 1992, stands vacant and neglected and is an insult to those whose memory it was meant to honour.
According to a reply by the Gauteng Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC, Faith Mazibuko, to a DA question, the Boipatong Youth Memorial Centre will only be handed over to the Sedibeng District Municipality in the 2018/19 financial year.
The Memorial Centre has not been connected to the Gauteng Broadband Network and is expected to be connected by 31 March this year. Computers at the facility will be connected by April 2018 as defects need to be addressed by the Gauteng E-government department.
Further to this, the MEC indicated that all water damage and electrical problems at the Memorial Centre will be fixed by June 2018.
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Officially opened by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura in October 2015, the R37 million facility is mostly empty and does not service the community, nor does it stimulate tourism as was initially conceptualized.
The DA believes that the only way to honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom is to ensure that today’s generation has a better life. We will closely monitor the implementation of ICT infrastructure and hold the department accountable to their deadlines for opening the centre.