Lease extension plans go-ahead

2019-01-29 06:00
Ottoman Cricket Club’s clubhouse.PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

Ottoman Cricket Club’s clubhouse.PHOTO: RASHIED ISAACS

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A proposal by Ottoman-Schotshe Kloof Cricket Club (Ottoman’s) to extend the lease of City land for another 10 years has been recommended for approval by subcouncil 11.

The Surrey Estate-based club has been leasing the 148m2 portion of land on which their clubhouse is situated.

Councillor for the area Aslam Cassiem says the new agreement will allow the club to further invest into the area.

“The renewal, they have gone into a 10-year lease agreement now with the clubhouse. The clubhouse has been built by them as well. The clubhouse services all the recreational items that they have available at the facility. I know they have the domino club and they have rugby as well. Everyone is benefiting, obviously the cricket club put it up and everyone is benefiting from the clubhouse,” says Cassiem.

The clubhouse is also home to a number of other sporting organisations which use the facility to conduct their activities, while the cricket club itself has its own historical significance.

“The clubhouse is a very beautiful place. It is well kept and well looked after. There is a little museum in there that traces the history of the club as well. It was originally established in the 1880s and is one of the longest standing clubs. It has this heritage and it is linked to Turkey as well with the Islamic heritage,” adds Cassiem.

The club’s Turkish links have helped them erect their own scoreboard, while extending their reach beyond their Surrey Estate borders.

“They put up a scoreboard, which means they have ploughed a lot of money into that facility and they continue to do so. I know they are interested in increasing the size of the facility (too). Especially for something of this nature, they are a club who have resources. With those resources, they are not withholding it for a select few. They are extending their social responsibility. It is extending to all communities surrounding, even the townships in Khayelitsha and children from other areas as well. Everyone is benefiting and becoming part of the club and they are helping them,” says Cassiem.

He says that other community organisations, especially sport clubs, can take a leaf out of Ottoman’s book if they seek improvement and growth.

“For something like this you must be passionate about it and not only rely on the City. You can rely on the City, but that should not be your one and only point where resources are concerned. You have to go find and move around and do something to find extra resources for your organisation. Ottoman’s is a sterling example of what a club can do when they are passionate about things and doing things the right way. They are involving the extended community and their members are going out and far, going beyond their requirements in order to see to the success of the club. All clubs should take from this and go the extra mile in order to uplift their clubs.”

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