The Excelsior News reported on the 9th of June that the old SASSA building (corner of Joubert – and Kruger Street) received “junk status” as the building was declared unsafe by the Department of Public Works.
During an interview with Cllr Brussow, from Ward 7 of the Mkhondo Local Municipality, she confirmed to the Excelsior News that the building is in fact not completely unsafe and that it is only the front section that needs urgent attention. A meeting was held with the District Manager of the Department of Public Works, Mr Mnguni, from Ermelo and they visited the building to do a thorough inspection of the situation. It was said that the building should rather be demolished as it is indeed a safety hazard and a “safe house” for criminals to conduct their illegal activities.
Two rape cases were reported to the local SAPS and incidents of drug related crimes have also occurred within the building. During the meeting, Cllr Brussow suggested that the building should not be demolished, but renovated so that it can be used again for other purposes. She added that the Mkhondo Town Clinic is in urgent need of space as their premises are no longer sufficient.
According to her, the old SASSA building has all the facilities needed for the town’s clinic to upgrade and have ample space to expand their services. The suggestion received positive feedback and Mr Mnguni said that he will arrange a meeting with the Department of Health to discuss the matter and will give feedback in the new year.
It will surely be a good thing to utilise the building as it has the potential but is currently only being destroyed by criminals and people looking for a space to sleep. Feedback on the matter will be published once received.