New look for civic centre

2017-12-19 06:00
Role players of the project celebrated the event on Thursday. Standing are Cheryl du Plesis, Alwie Gasant, Martina Solomons, Ebrahim Moses, Siraaj Gasant, Suraya Davids, Verita Lesar and Helen Daniels. Sitting are alderman George March, councillor Mark Kleinschmidt, Rowayda Ahmed, Dick de Kroon, Aviwe Pupuma and Shanaaz Samsodien.PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

Role players of the project celebrated the event on Thursday. Standing are Cheryl du Plesis, Alwie Gasant, Martina Solomons, Ebrahim Moses, Siraaj Gasant, Suraya Davids, Verita Lesar and Helen Daniels. Sitting are alderman George March, councillor Mark Kleinschmidt, Rowayda Ahmed, Dick de Kroon, Aviwe Pupuma and Shanaaz Samsodien.PHOTOS: aishah cassiem

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It was a memorable day for members of the Lansdowne Civic Centre when they received the keys to a newly renovated community hall on Thursday morning.

The Civic Centre in Church Street received an upgrade after almost 50 years. The auspicious occasion was celebrated among role players of the project during an official handover by ward councillor Mark Kleinschmidt on the day.

Kleinschmidt says the “grand old lady” of Lansdowne required an upgrade after many years of service. “The community of Lansdowne has grown and there was a need to increase the entire space and library presinct to accommodate the growth in the area, which has also become a popular residential suburb. This centre has and still plays host to a myriad of community functions and events including special celebratory occasions, meetings, weddings and community skills empowerment training programmes,” he explains.

He says the City of Cape Town implemented the renovations, which lasted for a period of six months, at a cost of R800 000. It included the upgrade of the ablutions and the sanding and varnishing of the parquet tiled floors, the establishment of the councillor’s ward 60 offices, rehabilitation of the front facade and upgrading of the paved area. The hall and stage area have also been redecorated and repainted and the curtains cleaned.

Kleinschmidt says guests who plan to book the hall in the new year will walk into a brand new kitchen and toilet space with a modern finish. “Brand new cupboards were installed in the kitchen and the toilets have been upgraded to extremely modern finishing. It’s beautiful,” he jokes.

“The toilets were designed so that we can harvest rainwater from the tanks to the toilets. With the water crisis we are imploring businesses and individuals to install water tanks so sanitation can be looked after via rainwater harvesting.”

The centre also received a brand new shower for the use of City staff, and all councillors’ offices have been painted and cleaned. The bathrooms also accommodate disabled visitors. Kleinschmidt thanked the Lansdowne community, the project managers and contractor for their sterling work in making the upgrade a reality.

“The upgrade is coming on for a very long time and we are herewith happy to introduce our new civic centre to the community. It is the first time that this civic centre is getting a facelift in the history of its existence. The grand old lady of Lansdowne is looking really well now and she is ready for more guests,” he adds.

V For more information, call the Lansdowne Civic Centre on 021 400 2303.

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