As the Mpumalanga High Court nears completion, the Independent Development Trust (IDT) is proud to have created over 1100 job opportunities during the construction phase of the project and to have contributed to economy of the Enhlazeni District in that manner.
The R665-million project is almost ready to be handed over to the government with only construction of the access road remaining. The IDT is implementing the project on behalf of the Department of Justice to assist government’s mission to deliver quality, sustainable and effective justice infrastructure for the community.
The iconic four storey premises comprises 18 judge’s chambers – including that of the newly appointed Judge President of the Mpumalanga High Court – six criminal courts, six civil courts and police holding cells. In addition the premises will also be occupied by the State Attorney, Legal Aid South Africa, Master of the High Court, National Prosecuting Authority and the Family Advocate.
Construction of the Mpumalanga High Court commenced in September 2013, resulting in the creation of 1108 job opportunities, 676 of which were for the youth and 102 for women.
In addition 22 locals were trained in brick laying, tiling and paving while 15 small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs) were established and trained in financial management. The locals trained in bricklaying were required to build a two roomed house in Matafeni Township, which was handed over to the Mbombela Municipality after completion, and is now being used as child daycare centre.
In the past five years the IDT supported 40 government departments including building 97 new schools and 36 new health facilities while renovating hundreds more and created more than 360 000 work opportunities in various communities through its implementation of social infrastructure programmes and the Expanded Public Works Programme.
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