Elfindale clubhouse gets makeover at last

2015-11-10 06:00
St Augustine’s Cricket Club is undergoing a much-needed makeover after the club was broken into and badly vandalised.

St Augustine’s Cricket Club is undergoing a much-needed makeover after the club was broken into and badly vandalised.

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St Augustine’s Cricket Club in Elfindale has received a total makeover after years of neglect.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says this is another project that highlights the City’s commitment to ensuring the upgrade of facilities.

The renovations included external work which required the external walls be replaced. The floors were also replaced and all the bathrooms were upgraded.

“It was a welcome exercise for the club as the club is almost 150 years old and waited for years to have something done. Now they can celebrate their anniversary having a new clubhouse,” Southgate says.

He has also allocated funds in his next ward allocation budget for the front porch of the club to be upgraded.

“We want to create a space where people can sit in the shade and enjoy the sport while supporting their friends and family during matches,” he says.

People’s Post has reported that despite being hit hard by vandals and thieves, even twice in one week, the members mastered a plan to get the club restored (“Vandals clean out club”, 18 August).

Their clubhouse was broken into and all the cables, wires and taps stolen.

At the time of the break-in Southgate said the clubhouse was in need of repairs.

“Despite the vandalism it needs to be upgraded as the facility hosts international and local teams during tournaments,” he said, adding that if they wanted to see these facilities last a lifetime they needed to be invested in.

Security woesGeorge Damon, chairperson of the cricket club’s management, said the break-in had been the first of its kind. The clubhouse was at risk because there was no security.

“From the time the security was removed it has put the club at risk of being vandalised and stripped,” he said.

Robin Poggenpoel, club chairperson, said the clubhouse had been vandalised much worse in the past. The City of Cape Town had assisted in repairing the damage.

“We are grateful that the City has helped us to repair the damage, but we would really appreciate it if they could provide us with security on the premises,” he said.

They had to reinforce the front gate once again.

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