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‘Centre honours young boy’s life’

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“As a department we pledged to assist the family. We are now doing so by giving them a three-bedroom structure with a separate living area for the family of eight who previously stayed in a tiny, dilapidated, one-room shack.”

MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Lebogang Motlhaping, unveiled a three bedroom structure with a separate living area to the Seretsi of family. Picture: Supplied

HOMAGE was paid to nine-year-old Refentse Darrin Serai who lost his life in a tragic accident in front of ER Mocwaledi Primary School in Pampierstad in February last year.

Refentse died when the bus he was travelling in collided with a truck. Two other pupils were seriously injured, while an additional 32 pupils sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Speaking at the official opening of the Refentse Darrin Serai Recreational Facility in Pampierstad on Thursday, the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Lebogang Motlhaping, said that the entire community was affected by Refentse’s death.

“Today marks a bitter-sweet moment as we take time to reminisce on the precious life of Serai. In an effort to honour his memory, we are paying tribute to his life with a project that lies very close to my heart,” said Motlhaping.

Motlhaping said that a lot of thought went into how best to honour Refentse’s life.

“We took into consideration what we could do to honour his life and also give back to the school and this facility, which will not only enhance the school but serve pupils, was the perfect way to honour his life and that is why we have opened the centre.”

He further stated that the project should be a constant reminder to never take a single moment for granted and always choose your parting words wisely as one never knows if it will be the last someone hears.

“To the parents and family of Serai, we sympathise with your loss, although we cannot even begin to imagine the depth of your grief, but kindly allow us to honour your son and celebrate his life with his peers, at his school.

Motlhaping said that erecting this recreational facility at the school, the department aimed to provide the school with a safe, vibrant and secure area for recreational activities for the pupils

The MEC also urged pupils to attend school and use the opportunity to learn.

Motlhaping said that with Easter around the corner, everyone who is going to be on the country’s roads needs to take extra precautions.

Motlhaping also visited Refentse’s family in the informal settlement of Nkandla in Hartswater to give them a home for them to improve their living conditions.

“As a department we pledged to assist the family. We are now doing so by giving them a three-bedroom structure with a separate living area for the family of eight who previously stayed in a tiny, dilapidated, one-room shack.”

– Staff Reporter