Dilapidated pavilion to be revamped

2013-09-17 00:00

AFTER teaching for 18 years in the dilapidated Tatham Memorial Sports Pavilion, Ntombi Luthuli was happy to know that the Msunduzi Municipality finally has plans to revamp the facility.

The decision to approve a R295 000 rehabilitation plan for the Tatham Memorial Pavilion situated near the Jika Joe informal settlement was taken by the Executive Committee (Exco) last week.

Luthuli had been volunteering as a day care teacher, taking care of children who were loitering around the Jika Joe settlement, since 1995.

“I am not getting paid, but I started looking after these children in 1995 because they were playing in dangerous places and eating from the dustbins while their parents were at work, so I decided to look after them,” she said.

Luthuli said: “When we started we used to operate in an informal settlement, but we soon realised that nobody was using the Tatham Memorial Pavilion and itwas becoming a haven for criminal activities,” said Luthuli.

She said they then opted to use the facility as a crèche or a day care centre for children of the people living in Jika Joe.

Deputy municipal manager for economic development Dr Ray Ngcobo said the crèche was operating in a condemned building and therefore posed a risk to the children.

The funds will come from the human settlement conditional grant.

Ngcobo said the complex in its present state was not suitable for a crèche and should be revamped or the crèche be relocated. However, he pointed out that relocation was not an option because there were no suitable facilities in close proximity.

When The Witness visited the area, it learnt that the crèche was used by 43 children during the day and in the afternoon pupils from the Jika Joe informal settlement also used the pavilion for study purposes.

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