Firm stance on usage policy

2016-05-17 06:00

Sporting bodies and other organisations who use the Heideveld sports complex are set for a meeting on Thursday to discuss the usage policy.

According to ward 44 councillor Anthony Moses, it has emerged that those who use the facility free of charge are still generating extra revenue from taking entry fees at the gate while running their respective events. “The current situation is because the Heideveld LFA have made applications to the City for the free usage of the facility. In a real sense, the facility is supposed to be managed, because the Heideveld FC is one of the biggest users of the facility along with other users such as basketball, cricket, softball, netball and various others that make use of the facility. Even schools are using the facility,” says Moses.

“There is a combination of stakeholders and out of that we have elected the municipal facility management committee (FMC) and they then need to manage the facility.”

In terms of the FMC framework, they are the only constituency which can generate funding from events. “In a discussion with the FMC, it was said that they are giving secondary powers to the Heideveld LFA in order to do some gate takings. I have communicated to them via e-mail, including the director of sports and recreation at the City of Cape Town, saying that there are certain directives which they need to follow as the FMC, and if it changes, they need to inform the City that they have deviated from the process.”

Moses says the community being asked to further fork out cash to attend recreational events, is already challenged by the current economic climate. He says he has repeatedly reminded the community of the City’s stance on the matter but says the conditions have apparently changed in the interim.

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