Get involved in Open Streets

2016-10-06 06:00
 Locals who got involved in Open Streets Langa 2015 enjoyed it immensely.

Locals who got involved in Open Streets Langa 2015 enjoyed it immensely.

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Open Streets is coming back to Langa on 30th October 2016 and there are many opportunities to become involved.

Just like on 29th March and 8th November last year, a portion of King Langalibalele Street will be dedicated to people instead of cars – just for a few hours. During a public meeting at the Johnson Ngwevela Hall on 22 September 2016, people asked what opportunities are available for Langa residents and we would like to share these details with everyone.

Organise an activity

Firstly, Open Streets is a global movement that invites communities to imagine how their streets can be used differently; thus, we are looking for organisations and individuals who want to organise an activity on the street. It could be a cricket or football game; a dance performance; a board game; telling or reading stories; a seating area on the street; a music performance; basically anything that can be done on the street legally and without an ‘engine’. Last year we had loads of games for old and young and we want to increase the level of fun this year.

Apply to be a vendor

Even though Open Streets is not a market, there will also be an opportunity for food vendors who are registered with the City of Cape Town.

All you need to do is send us an email with your contact details, the type of food you will be selling and your official Certificate of Acceptability. Those who are not yet registered still have time to get a temporary certificate from the Environmental Health Department. Contact Sandile Mpikampi (Sandile.Mpikampi@capetown.gov.za; 0719969268).

Join the Local Organising Committee

For people who are interested in being more actively involved, we’d love to have you join the Local Organising Committee, which will meet every Thursday at 10am at Guga S’thebe throughout the month of October. We welcome everyone to this team and look forward to growing it, so please contact us.

Volunteer on the day

Last but not least, there is an opportunity for people to volunteer and help us ensure the day runs smoothly. From helping with traffic management to ensuring children are safe; this is a practical way to contribute to the day and learn some skills. A mandatory training session will take place on 22 October in Cape Town. We are working to build a team of volunteers that can be part not only of Open Streets Langa but of the full series which takes place in Bellville on 20 November; Cape Town CBD on 15 January and Mitchells Plain on 2 April, 2017.

To contact us please visit the Open Streets info desk at Guga S’thebe on Fridays or email us at info@openstreets.co.za or call us at 083 247 7346 (Mzikhona Mgedle).

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