Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Roads & Public Works Thandiswa Marawu officially handed over land to the Camdeboo Municipality in Graaff Reinet on 4 July 2012.
The municipality will use this land to erect a memorial museum in honour of the late struggle hero Robert Sobukwe.
“Our coming to this Municipality is to give the people of this locality hope, and the Youth Month Commemorations seek to inspire young people to grab with both hands all the opportunities presented to them by our government in pursuit of the Socio-Economic Development for the betterment of the lives of all the people of the Eastern Cape”, said MEC Marawu.
“As Government we have committed ourselves to handing over land and properties to local municipalities and individuals in order to contribute to the socio-economic development within municipalities and upgrading of tenure for previously disadvantaged individuals”, added Marawu.
The transfers to individuals are meant contribute to the redressing of the skewed ownership of land in the Province, and will enable beneficiaries to access resources from financial institutions to improve their livelihood.
The MEC also encouraged the use of labour intensive methods as means for job creation with local people contributing by cleaning their small towns and heritage sites.
The event which marked the continuation of the Youth Month Commemoration in which the Ministry: Transport, Roads and Public Works is embarking on, also saw the following being done;
· Handing over of Car wash equipment and cleaning detergent to two car wash projects
· Landscaping of the entrance to Graaff-Reinet
· Presentation of Transport related career opportunities
· Parading of the National Youth Services students, two young pilots and seven traffic officers