Mayor opens R12m centre in Waterloo

2017-12-07 06:00
eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede (front, left) and ward councillor Johnson Chetty (front, right) wait to cut the ribbon.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede (front, left) and ward councillor Johnson Chetty (front, right) wait to cut the ribbon.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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ETHEKWINI Mayor Zandile Gumede advised Waterloo residents to play a proactive role, instil the values of unity in the community and break down racial barriers.

Gumede was speaking at the official opening of the Waterloo Sports Centre on November 16.

The eagerly awaited R12 million centre was built three years ago, but was not opened, raising questions from the community.

The centre features an indoor soccer field, basketball and netball courts, gym and mini-stadium.

Gumede told the community to look after the facility and ensure it’s not vandalised.

Ward councillor Johnson Chetty said the official handover was long overdue.

“The community were anxious as they were forced to wait two months [for the opening]. I am delighted our mayor graced the function.”

However, Chetty said he was concerned about theft and vandalism at the centre.

“The municipality hasn’t made concrete plans for the caretaking of the premises. I am deeply concerned that the ANC has plans to use this centre for political rallies.

Last Friday [November 24], a municipality vehicle was used to mobilise people to a community meeting on Saturday [November 25].

“At the meeting, the previous councillor Mxolisi Ndzimbomvu indicated that the ANC worked hard to get the centre therefore it should be for the exclusive usage of the ANC. Needless to say, the people are unhappy. I am expecting protest action shortly.”

The Weekly contacted Ndzimbomvu for a comment who said the meeting was organised by his political party for ANC supporters.

“People were invited and told that it was an ANC meeting. The PR councillor Lungi Sikhosana asked me to chair the meeting as she was not able to attend because she had other emergencies to attend to.

“She asked me to address the people on her behalf.

“The aim of the meeting was to get the views from the community about the newly-opened centre.

“Sikhosana started this project in 2014 to benefit the community of Waterloo. It has nothing to do with politics because it’s a community project under eThekwini Municipality.”

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