Public urged to use facilities

2015-10-06 06:00
Nantes Park is one of the venues in Athlone which is available for hosting events through the City of Cape Town’s events department.

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Nantes Park is one of the venues in Athlone which is available for hosting events through the City of Cape Town’s events department. PHOTO: earl haupt

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The summer season brings a wide variety of festivals, fun days and concerts, but where and how does one go about getting an adequate venue to enjoy the splendid summer months which lie ahead in Athlone?

According to Suzette Little, ward 49’s councillor, residents are urged to apply for event permits from the City of Cape Town’s events department.

She says a number of organisations have indicated that they intend to host public functions at either Nantes Park or Athlone stadium in the coming months. They are offering stalls to vendors living in the ward.

Little has therefore outlined the procedures to be followed in order to become one of these vendors.

“The determination of those events is dependent on whether they get their applications in on time. Our events department will secure the permit, provided that they comply with all the rules and regulations as set out in the application form,” says Rashid Adams, executive support officer in Suzette Little’s office.

To secure an event permit, applicants should consult their local facilities manager to find out whether the venue they are interested in is available on their desired dates.

“We encourage any type of activity, provided that it is aimed at the development of our people or aimed at the development of something. The only thing we don’t encourage is the sale of alcohol, because there are certain conditions which need to apply. But if people want to apply for a liquor licence in their own name because they want to do something privately elsewhere, it is fine, but we do not encourage that from our side.”

Current demand for the ward’s civic and community centres is high, with civic centres such as the Dulcie September hall being fully booked for the rest of the year.

Nantes Park already has four events booked for the period from Thursday 10 to Saturday 20 December alone.

Adams says that sports fields in the area that have clubhouses on their premises are also available for public use.

He says the ward is aiming to diversify the events to be held at its facilities.

“What we do not want to see is the same type of event. There has to be a variety because people want to do something different.”

“We already have someone who wants to host a jazz concert and that will be a free concert and if it gets approved it will be called the mayor’s jazz concert for the people in Athlone. But come next week we don’t want the same concert – it has to be different,” he says.

The objective of diversifying events is to attract people from other areas to the community.

Adams stresses that, depending on the nature of the event, the City will determine the extent of resources they will make available for the event.

“Once the application is received by the events department a meeting will be called with all stakeholders, applicants, the events department, police, metro police, disaster risk, solid waste management and health and safety where they will discuss what will be needed. The electricity department will determine whether they can provide electricity for free or at a cost, depending on the event. However, the manpower is determined by what the application indicates.”

Adams cannot say what the tariffs would be for the respective venues.

“Currently our facilities are not being used for their intended purpose. If it is going to come at any cost they must come and enquire about it and we will tell them whether or not they will be charged and how it will be charged to them if there are any charges. NGOs and community organisations will be allowed to get a special discount on the use of the facility,” he says.

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