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Deben Multi-Purpose Centre to bring cultural and social activities to the Deben community

Deben is a small poverty stricken ward in the Gamagara Local Municipality (GLM), with a high rate of unemployment. There are no recreational facilities except the sports ground, and this has resulted in substance abuse within the community of Deben.

The need for the multi-purpose centre in Deben was identified by the Gamagara Local Municipality in the 2011/2013 Intergraded Development Plan (IDP). Gamagara Development Forum (GDF) realised that a multi-purpose centre is a necessity in this community to assist in reducing the children from the streets, to reduce the substance abuse in the community especially among the youth, create employment and serve the community at large for various activities needed. GDF has invested R13 3 Million towards the multi-purpose centre in Deben.

The centre is created to provide accessible facilities to cater for a wide variety of community needs, including strengthening the cultural and social activities in the area. It created employment for the local labourers and local businesses throughout the construction phase. The multi-purpose centre has a purpose made hall, the youth centre which is going to be used for computer training and advisory services and it also has the soup kitchen where the workers will offer services such as handing out food to the less fortunate, people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS and related disease and also the orphans and old age people.

The community of Deben are excited and they are looking forward to having their own multi-purpose centre. Mr. Tshenolo Mampe the Project Manager: Infrastructure Support says the project is in its practical completion phase and there are a few things that needs to be completed before the Multi-Purpose centre can be entirely completed and be handed over to the beneficiaries.

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