The Premier’s Office is responsible for the coordination of Thusong Service Centres in the Province.
The Thusong Service Centre programme of government was initiated in 1999 as one of the primary vehicles for the implementation of development communication and information, and to integrate government services into primarily rural communities. This was done to address historical, social and economic factors, which limited access to information, services and participation by citizens, as they had to travel long distances to access these services.
Government´s vision for Thusong Service Centres is to provide every South African citizen with access to information and services within their place of residence and in each local municipality by 2014 with the purpose of improving the quality of their lives through integrated service delivery.
Botshabelo Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at 1230 Section E, Botshabelo. The contact number is tel. (051) 532-6791.
Service providers at the centre include the Department of Home Affairs who assists with applications for identity documents (IDs), birth, and death and passport documents. The Department of Labour renders service in respect of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), labour related matters and learnerships whilst the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) assists with children, disability and old-age grants. A social worker can also render assistance in respect of child abuse, child custody and child grant abuse.
Sediba /Onalerona Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at 188 Sediba Village, Next to Sediba Clinic in Thaba Nchu and the contact number is (051) 357 0027.
The Departments of Home Affairs, Agriculture, Labour and SASSA can be contacted at the Centre.
FEZILE DABI DISTRICT
Phiritona Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at 2264 Makoko Hlabane Street, Phiritona, Heilbron (Ngwathe Local Municipality) and the contact number is (058) 852 1411 / 2014. Services that can be accessed at the centre include; home-based care (care for sick people), Lesidi TeleCentre, the Departments of Arts and Culture, Labour and Social Development and the Ngwathe Municipality. Community development workers and a social worker are also based at the Centre.
Qalabotjha Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at 1279 Gamede Street, Qalabotjha, Villiers (Mafube Local Municipality) and the contact number is (058) 821 1127. The Departments of Home Affairs, Labour, Social Services, Agriculture and SASSA can be reached at the Centre. Municipal services payments for the Mafube municipality can be made at the centre. A clinic providing healthcare services and emergency medical services can be accessed. There is also a library. The Kgatelopele Needle Project and Retswela Pele Bakery can also be reached at the Centre.
Tokologo Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at the Malebogo Community Hall, Malebogo in Hertzogville (Tokologo Local Municipality) and the contact number is (053) 421 9051. The Departments of Labour, Agriculture, Social Development, Home Affairs and SASSA render services to the public at the Centre.
THABO MOFUTSANYANA DISTRICT
Namahadi Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at Mangaung Village, Namahadi Centre, Charles Mopeli Stadium, Witsieshoek (Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality) and the contact number is (058) 789 1147. The Departments of Home Affairs, Labour, Minerals and Energy and SASSA can be contacted at the centre. There is also a TeleCentre and a social worker.
Kopanong / Trompsburg Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at 398 Booysen Street, Madikgetla in Trompsburg (Kopanong Local Municipality) and the contact numbers are (051) 713 0187 / 0189.
Service providers include TeleCentre (typing and computer services), LoveLife (education about HIV and AIDS), the Free State Development Corporation (business loans), Electronic library (internet access and library services), PPHC and NYS (Information to youth about learnerships), NAFU (emerging farmers union), Tshepang Children Support Centre (care for vulnerable and poor children), Health Friendly Clinic (Educate the youth about teenage pregnancy) and SAFA. In addition, the Department of Home Affairs, SASSA, the Department of Land Affairs and the Department of Labour also offer assistance to the public.
Zastron /Mohokare Thusong Service Centre
The centre is located at cnr Parsegrouw and Vetchkop Streets, Zastron (Mohokare Local Municipality) and the contact number is (051) 673 1679.
SASSA and the Departments of Home Affairs, Land Affairs, Labour and Correctional Services can be contacted at the Centre. In addition, the Legal Aid Board (legal advice), Free State Care in Action (social services and elderly care), NAFU, Maranza Youth Club (youth projects) and Siyanqoba HIV and AIDS Group (Aids counselling and advice) can be found at the Centre.