New Booy­sens court up­lifts com­mu­nity

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Jauhara Khan

THE CON­STRUC­TION of the new fa­cil­ity has cre­ated jobs and long-last­ing skills for lo­cals.

Noma Mes­lane went from be­ing a housewife and vol­un­teer HIV/AIDS coun­sel­lor to ed­u­cat­ing con­struc­tion work­ers about work­place safety when she started work­ing on the site of the new Booy­sens Mag­is­trate’s Court.

Mes­lane is just one lo­cal woman who has ben­e­fit­ted from the con­struc­tion of the court lo­cated south of Jo­han­nes­burg.

The pro­ject is be­ing im­ple­mented by the In­de­pen­dent De­vel­op­ment Trust (IDT) on be­half of the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and Constitution De­vel­op­ment at a cost of over R240-mil­lion as part of a con­tract awarded to the IDT to plan, de­sign and con­struct new courts around South Africa.

The IDT has con­trib­uted to the cre­ation of at least 1 665 job op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing the pro­ject.

When con­struc­tion on the site be­gan in June 2016, the IDT and the com­mu­nity around the con­struc­tion site, had reached an agree­ment that 50 per­cent of the labour em­ployed would be lo­cal.

Can­di­dates with­out the nec­es­sary skills were trained and re­ceived cer­tifi­cates that would help them find suitable jobs in fu­ture.

Mes­lane who is 43, is one such can­di­date, She lives in the nearby sub­urb of Lin­meyer, with her hus­band and three chil­dren. She had pre­vi­ously worked as a vol­un­teer HIV/AIDS coun­sel­lor, and re­ceived her cer­tifi­cate in HIV coun­selling at a lo­cal clinic.

This ex­pe­ri­ence has held her in good stead as a safety rep­re­sen­ta­tive on site, where she was trained to iden­tify haz­ards, ex­tin­guish fires and ad­min­is­ter first aid.

“I carry out in­duc­tion be­fore any­one goes on site. It is my job to en­sure that peo­ple are aware of the haz­ards they will come across on a con­struc­tion site and pre­pare them so they do not get in­jured,” she said.

Mes­lane re­ceived a Safety Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cer­tifi­cate af­ter the train­ing, which she said would help her find em­ploy­ment on other con­struc­tion sites once work on the court com­plete.

The Booy­sens Mag­is­trate’s Court is al­most com­plete and com­prises ten court­rooms, a civil court; two fam­ily courts and one child, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence; and Peace Or­der Court. There are also ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices, 15 mag­is­trates’ of­fices, and hold­ing cells with pro­vi­sion for ju­ve­nile and adult male and fe­male cells re­spec­tively.

The new Booy­sens Mag­is­trate's Court com­prises of ten court rooms which makes ac­cess to jus­tice eas­ier.

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