On Friday, South African power utility, Eskom, said that the Kusile Power Station Project in partnership with KCW JV contractor donated the Phola Police Station valued at ZAR3 million ($197,825) in the eMalahleni Municipality.
The station handover to the National Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko is in an effort to bring crime prevention services closer to the people of the area, the power utility said in a statement.
Kusile project assists in community safety
According to the parastatal, the construction and full operation of the police station came after a request from the Phola community who could not readily get police protection and access basic police services.
In the event that police assistance was needed, community members had to travel more than 10km to the nearest police station.
Abram Masango, Eskom’s Group Executive for Group Capital, said: “We are honoured and delighted to be donating the police station to the Phola community, building a lasting legacy of safe communities.
“The construction of the station has created job opportunities and empowered people with skills and knowledge on how to create a safer environment. The Kusile Project is committed and determined to changing lives in the Nkangala District one community at a time.”
Boosting police presence
The hand-over ceremony was attended by the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, the Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, the Acting National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane, and the Emalahleni Local Municipality Mayor, Lindiwe Mabona Ntshalintshali.
The Phola police station will assist in fighting any corrupt activities and eradicating crime, ensuring that the basic constitutional right of safety is achieved for the community members.
The opening of the police station will bring much needed relief and community members will feel much safer, Eskom highlighted.
Minister Nhleko said: “The South African Police Service is determined and focused on eradicating the sketch of crime while working closely with the community, because on our own, we cannot win the war against crime.”
He urges community members to join hands together with the police to fight crime and create a safer environment.
Featured image credit: Eskom