Vandals clean out club

2015-08-18 06:00
Members of St Augustine Cricket Club suspect that thieves got into the clubhouse by making a hole in the wall at one of the main entrances.

Members of St Augustine Cricket Club suspect that thieves got into the clubhouse by making a hole in the wall at one of the main entrances.

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“We don’t strive to create champions, we strive to create an environment where champions are inevitable.”

This is the motto that members of St Augustine Cricket Club live by.

Despite being hit hard by vandals and thieves, twice in one week, the members mastered a plan to get the club restored.

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

George Damon, chairperson of the Cricket Club’s management, says the break-in was the first of its kind. The clubhouse is at risk because there is no security.

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

However, the Club has now hired its own security to ensure this crime is not repeated once the members have completed the restoration.

“The club members are committed to this facility and what it stands for. One can see that by them giving up their personal time to come and help us repair what was broken. It shows that they are committed to protect the club,” Damon says.

Past problemsRobin Poggenpoel, Club chairperson, says 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 says.

Poggenpoel says they have had to reinforce the front gate once again. The walls outside need to be fixed or replaced and all the wiring and cables need to be replaced.

Dudley Williams, facility manager of the clubhouse, says due to the vandalism the clubhouse is under threat.

“We have been physically compromised, but mentally our ethos is intact. We will not allow this crime to break us,” he says.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate has commended the club members for coming together and taking back what is theirs without question.

“It is always great to see people take responsibility and give back to their community. This club has been around for many, many years and serves people of all demographics and I am sure they want it to continue this way,” he says.

Southgate says the clubhouse is in need of repairs. Despite the vandalism it needs to be upgraded as the facility hosts international and local teams during tournaments.

“If we want to see these facilities last a lifetime we need to invest in it, but we as the City cannot do this alone – we need the commitment from the club members too,” he says.

If anyone would like to donate something for the clubhouse, be it furniture, lights or bathroom fittings, or if you have any skill which you think can assist the club visit www.staugustinecricketclub.co.za

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