O.R Tambo rises from ashes

2019-02-21 06:00
Construction workers replace glass frames at the OR Tambo Indoor Sports Center last Friday.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Construction workers replace glass frames at the OR Tambo Indoor Sports Center last Friday.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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The renowned Mew Way Hall in Khayelitsha is expected to be operating again at the end of May, this after it was vandalised by disgruntled residents during a service delivery protest in June 2018.

During a visit there, builders had their hands on deck with renovations, chasing the deadline.

During the violent protest, protesters set fire to the popular venue, which has hosted international events in its heyday.

The hall, which at one stage bore the name of Struggle icon Oliver Tambo, has seen its fair share of glory, but has seen the dark side of violent protests in its short life.

Ward 89 Councillor Monde Nqulwana has assured residents that the icon hall will be back on its feet soon.

“This is the biggest hall in Khayelitsha. And has a great history of holding big events in the country, particularly in sport,” he said.

Nqulwana said the City has allocated more than four million to fix the venue.

“This is a large amount of money, which should have been spent on other things in Khayelitsha ...,”

The councillor has urged the community members to stop vandalising or burning their own facilities,” he urged.

Resident Baxolele Mvekhaya from RR Section in Sited B, reiterated Nqulwana’s remarks, urging residents to refrain from vandalising community facilities.

“We need to change our mindset and protect our facilities during protests. Let’s stop burning our roads or vandalising community halls and clinics,” he said.

Nqulwana said organisations and churches who used the hall are affected because of criminal elements.

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