Philippi residents have welcomed the new City of Cape Town’s Vuyiseka Multipurpose Facility, opposite the Golden Arrow bus depot on Symphony Way. The facility previously accommodated Vuyiseka High School until the school got new premises opposite Philippi East Police Station in 2017. It was built as part of the City’s bid for the Olympics bid while the City’s Recreation and Parks Department managed the two sports halls and outdoor sports facilities.Renovations are currently underway and the facility is expected to open in June next year. It will offer a range of municipal service and house Law Enforcement officers. It will also offer subcouncil services, urban management, health, housing as well as informal settlement services.Resident Banele Renqe from Never-Never informal settlement described the opening of City’s offices at Vuyiseka as a great initiative. He stated that it will make it easier for the City to provide services in Philippi. “This is a well-calculated move by the City to decentralise the services to make it accessible to everyone. We will not have to spend money on transport to go to Fezeka for services,” said Renqa. He also applauded the City for occupying the building after it has been vacant for almost two years. “The criminals had already started vandalising the building. They also took the fence,” he said. The Mayco member for urban management, Grant Twigg said the City aims to take up office space within the facility to provide direct access to services to the surrounding community. He said the opening of the facility in Philippi is part of the City’s committed to building a caring city and rationalising services to create somewhat of a one-stop shop for residents.“The revamp of this facility includes the rehabilitation of the ablutions, the replacement of the roof, wall cladding, waterproofing and water connection all at a cost of R7. 3 million which was undertaken during the previous financial year,” he said.Twigg said in the current financial year a budget of R20 million is set aside for this work. “The work will include the installation of security access and stone guards, electricity reticulation and lighting, additional ablutions, dry-walling to turn previous classrooms into offices, internal and external painting, upgrading of the parking area, external sports facilities and landscaping,” said Twigg. He added that currently residents and business in Philippi have to travel to surrounding areas such as Nyanga, Gugulethu, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha for them to gain access to City services.