The tragic decline of the Botshabelo industrial ghost town

Issued by Lebohang Mohlamme – DA Councillor Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality
27 Mar 2023 in Press Statements

Note to editors: Please find attached English and Sesotho soundbites by Cllr Lebohang Mohlamme.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality recently conducted an oversight visit in the Botshabelo industrial area. Most industries have closed down. As a result, many people have lost their jobs. Please see pictures here, here, here and here.

During the oversight visit, the DA confirmed that the municipality has failed to maintain basic infrastructure such as roads and streetlights, which has contributed to the decline of the industrial area. The DA has called on the municipality to prioritise infrastructure maintenance and attract new investment to create job opportunities for residents.

This area has now turned into a crime hotspot, creating safety concerns for the community. Residents who commute through the area live in fear of being assaulted.

The DA will urge the SAPS to assist the community by increasing visibility in the area. The safety of the community should be prioritised. In addition, the community should also be encouraged to report any suspicious activities or individuals to the authorities. This will help in identifying and apprehending potential criminals.

The DA is committed to bringing change across the country and therefore urges all residents to register to vote in the 2024 National and Provincial Government elections.