Centre takes a blow

2019-03-19 06:00
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The building that houses two community upliftment organisations has been hit by thieves again.

Ethels Place Youth Care Centre and the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, situated in Civet Street, was hit by thieves on Sunday 10 March in the early hours of the morning.

Ashley Potts, Director for the CTDCC and Ethel’s Place, says they suspect the break-in took place between 02:00 and 04:00.

“They broke the window and forced the burglar bars open with a pole,” says Potts.

The first incident for the year took place on Friday 22 February. In this incident, they stole the large floodlight and CCTV cameras. Previously, a metal housing for the telephone box outside the building was stolen. The housing was paid for by the organisation. The total cost of the combined repairs is estimated to be between R25 000 and R35 000.

“This is only because I did most of the work myself. If we needed to pay for the labour costs for these repairs, it would have been around R60 000,” says Potts.

Vandalism at the site has become so bad that Potts has invested in a welding machine to allow for them to cut out labour on continuous repairs.

“This creates a major setback. The money we are spending on repairs we could have used to benefit the community. We could have paid for drug tests, or helped the community. We want to start a programme for children but we can’t, with the continuous repairs,” he says.

Potts says residents have come forward with information and thanks them. The thieves are believed to be from the area and Potts says the facility is there for them. Some of the stolen goods have been replaced.

“We want to thank those who spoke out. We want to encourage residents to reclaim their spaces and they can only do so when they take charge of it,” he says.

Potts is appealing to residents for assistance with repairs, as windows will need to be re-enforced and a fence erected.

V Call Potts on 082 887 6440, the office on 021 447 8026 or email info@drugcentre.org.za.

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