Autism on mec fufe makatons bucket list

MEC Fufe Makatong of the Northern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works has donated a building to Lukhanyo Autism Centre, as part of the Nelson Mandela Day program. The building which is situated on the east wing of the old West End Mental Hospital, will be renovated by Expanded Public Works beneficiaries and students who have undergone training on plumbing, construction and electrification through various skills development SETAs. The building will be ready for use in January 2024. Lukhanyo Autism centre was founded by Tshepiso Ngqolo, a mother of a child who lives with autism. She said the establishment of the centre was motivated after she learned that in the province, there is no school that caters for children with autism and saying that it is painful as a parent seeing children not attending school. MEC Makatong said it is in the best interest of the provincial government, to dispose unused buildings to non-profit organizations and that they have put out a call for proposal to various organizations in the province to take this opportunity and apply to lease any of the available buildings. Lukhanyo Autism centre will lease the building from the department for a period of five years with an option to renew. The Independent Development Trust, donated vegetable garden starter packs for the establishment of food gardens.

Journalist: Rodrick Titus
Email: roderick@radioriverside.co.za

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