City’s recreational facilities will take the cake in social activity

2017-06-22 06:01

The City of Cape Town remains committed to facilitating and encouraging recreational activities in communities and has invested more than R25 million in various ward allocation projects and community facilities in the last 12 months.

An additional spend of R26 million is planned for the next financial cycle, starting in July 2017. Nearly one-quarter of this spend is taking place in Area Central.

The City puts a premium on recreational facilities, as these are crucial to promoting health, well-being, inclusivity, social interaction and the integration of communities. Currently, the Recreation and Parks Department oversees a network of 12 district parks, 3 526 community parks, 151 sports fields, 197 community and indoor centres, 10 biodiversity areas, and 72 beaches/nodal points.

‘Even with this massive portfolio, the City is under constant pressure to provide more facilities, for young people in particular. There is also a need to maintain existing infrastructure to ensure that communities get maximum benefit. The ward allocation funding is a welcome boost in this regard,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.

In the current 2016/17 financial year, more than R4,5 million in ward allocation funding was spent in Area Central on:

. upgrades to parks in Kraaifontein, Beaconvale, Elsies River, Bonteheuwel and Bellville

.upgrades at the Jan Burger, Bonteheuwel and Nyanga sports fields

. upgrade of the netball courts at the Elukhanyisweni Sport and Recreation Centre

Plans for this area for the new financial year include:

. a R2,5 million upgrade of the Miller’s Camp sports field in Nyanga

. R200 000 for the installation of lighting at the Salberau sports ground in Elsies River

. R480 000 for upgrades to parks in Anthony Road and Lenaria Road in Silvertown

. R160 000 for further upgrades to Cox Crescent Park

‘The total ward allocation funding for recreational facilities in this area comes in at over R7 million in the new financial year. This is no small feat and so I appeal to the affected communities to take an interest in these developments and to take ownership of the facilities for themselves, but also future generations. Recreational facilities are vital to building a safe and inclusive city and it is in everyone’s best interests to help us as an administration realise the priorities set out in our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan,’ added Councillor Mamkeli.

The City’s Recreation and Parks Department offers a wide range of recreational programmes in various communities in order to keep children occupied and engaged in healthy activities and away from social ills. These programmes are offered at 55 recreation hubs across Cape Town.

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