The Disaster Management Centre of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality has implemented a ‘disaster risk reduction’ project in the Blue Crane Route Local Municipality. The project, operational in Pearston, serves to increase the capacity of communities and households to minimize the risk and impact of natural disasters.
The Disaster Management Centre appointed a duly accredited training service provider to train 15 young people in Community House Building, an NQF Level 2 qualification. These young volunteers were expected to build a show-house upon completion of their theoretical course work, while they are also the first in-line for support in the event of houses being blown away by strong winds in the area.
The first house completed as a result of this project will be handed over to Ms Meitjie Jordaan who lost her house during very strong winds. Prior to the handover, the mother of two was brought to tears when asked about her new house. With a tearful smile she said, “I am really happy that the Sarah Baartman District Municipality saw a need to provide me with a safe home after suffering for so long. I thought I would eventually meet my creator with no roof over our heads but this project has proved me wrong. I hope this project will continue touching lives in other areas too”.
The house was built in only two weeks. The official hand-over takes place on the 13th of October 2016 in the presence of the Executive Mayor of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana.