Youth centre a ‘Chats’ focus

2013-12-10 00:00

THE best way for Chatsworth to honour former president Nelson Mandela was to name the Chatsworth Youth Centre after him.

These were the sentiments of the centre’s programmes co-ordinator Clive Pillay.

It was Mandela who helped to raise money to build the centre after 13 children died at the Throb nightclub in Chatsworth during a school-end matinee after a stampede broke out when a teargas canister was ignited on March 24, 2000.

The centre is home to many youngsters affected by drugs and other social ills in Chatsworth.

Since Mandela’s death, residents have been gathering at the centre to light candles, leave behind fresh flowers and messages.

“For me, this community is proud to have had Madiba build something for them. Young and old are proud to an extent that we’d eventually want the centre to be called Nelson Mandela Centre for Youth,” Pillay said.

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