Kransbank residents – recipients of a R300 000 community hall. Kangra hands over hall to Kransbank community to allow for a more formalised communal gathering location.
Coal mining and exploration company, Kangra, handed over a R300 000-00 community hall to Kransbank community located near the company’s mine in Saul Mkhizeville, on 21 January 2020.
The community centre comprising of a hall, ablution facilities and storage rooms is intended to be used for formal communal meetings, festive occasions and social events, among other community activities. The hall can comfortably seat around 150 people.
The hall was built by a local black-owned contracting company, Amakhabolanga Trading and Projects, with the design and construction of the facility overseen by Kangra. The community had till now been running its meetings and social gatherings in open areas and under trees, which has exposed them to the heat, cold, wind and rain.
“The community asked Kangra to assist them in being able to conduct their forums in dignity, which is where the idea for the construction of the hall arose,” explained Menar Group Social Licensing Manager, Xolile Mankayi.
Mkondo Ward 2 Councillor Themba Nkosi, on behalf of Councillor Xolane Simelane of Ward 10, said: “On behalf of the municipality and local government we deeply appreciate the efforts of the community to enrich and uplift the lives of community members by presenting them with this beautiful new community hall.”
Kangra General Manager, Pierre Louw, and Kransbank Community member, Bab’ uPhungwayo cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the community hall. The community members expressed their gratitude ululating as the ribbon was cut.
Kangra has also invested heavily in other social development projects such as the construction of 23 houses, building of ablution facilities, awarding of mine-related product and services’ contracts to the local community along with enterprise development, learner safety initiatives and skills training programmes.