Fields belong to ‘community’

2015-05-05 07:12
An appeal for soccer fields in Breda Street to be rezoned as a community zone has been successful.

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An appeal for soccer fields in Breda Street to be rezoned as a community zone has been successful. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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A Gardens soccer club has been given the go-ahead for rezoning as a community facility, after an appeals process against a City of Cape Town ruling was successful.

The City council decided against an application by the African Brother Football Academy (ABFA) after numerous complaints by neighbours.

In 2013, the City threatened to close the soccer fields, saying the property was being used unlawfully for commercial and business activities, and that the site was not zoned correctly (“Soccer academy focuses on goal”, People’s Post, 22 January 2013).

However, ABFA took the decision to the appeals board, which has now ruled in its favour, confirmed ward councillor Dave Bryant at a recent ward committee meeting.

This will allow the area to be rezoned to a community zone from a residential zone.

Community zones are set aside for institutions such as orphanages, old-age homes, places of worship and places of assembly, such as community halls.

This rezoning will help to regulate the five-a-side soccer currently taking place on the fields, and to allow children to be coached. The academy currently trains on the site.

Co-founder, director, manager and coach of ABFA Craig Hepburn previously told People’s Post that around 30 schools relied on the services of ABFA.

Hepburn declined to comment on the rezoning application.

ABFA has invested around R4m in upgrading what was once a crime-ridden area filled with vagrants and constant intervention by police, Hepburn says.

The academy was started in 1999 with the purpose of providing soccer coaching to children, some of which are from underprivileged homes. Some schools also use the fields due to the lack of facilities in their school grounds

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