Langa is ready to play

2019-02-14 06:00
Open Streets Cape Town held a meeting about the event with residents from Langa.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Open Streets Cape Town held a meeting about the event with residents from Langa.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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The streets of Langa will be the hive of activity on Sunday 24 February when Open Streets Cape Town hosts the fourth event of its kind in the area.

The event is a citizen driven initiative to change how people use, perceive and experience local streets.

It is held annually in different areas across Cape Town.

Last week on Thursday, organisers held a meeting with Langa residents to discuss the logistics and spin-offs the event is set to bring into the area.

Open Streets Operations Manager Rebecca Campbell said Langa has formed part of the concept phase of the programme.

She said there has been a lot of support for the initiative by various groups, which has led to the growth of the event in Langa, creating an opportunity for residents to showcase their talents and capabilities.

“The initiative also gives residents an opportunity to have car-free spaces. As part of the event, a big section of Washington Drive will be closed to traffic and a range of activities will instead take place on the stretch of the road.”

“It is also a chance for local businesses to trade and engage with visitors who will want to explore a different part of Cape Town.”

Campbell added that they have put out a call for service providers such as cleaning, security, catering and toilet hire from registered local companies to apply so they can provide these services.

Zolisa Magadlela said this will bring a big opportunity for them to showcase their businesses not only to visitors but to locals as well. She added that this will also boost the economy of the township.

Mathabo Mgijana said a lot of children get hit by cars playing in the streets which means a lot of them do not get to enjoy playing on the roads. She said this is a great opportunity for them to enjoy the streets.

The activities that will be featured on the day will include walking, cycling, skating, playing, exploring, general socialising as part of reclaiming public spaces.

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