Repair talks hit goals

2016-10-11 06:00
Anda Ntsodo, Mayco member for community services, Kevin Southgate, ward 72 councillor, and Bradley Burger of the City of Cape Town at the Princess Vlei during Ntsodo’s visit to the ward last week.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Anda Ntsodo, Mayco member for community services, Kevin Southgate, ward 72 councillor, and Bradley Burger of the City of Cape Town at the Princess Vlei during Ntsodo’s visit to the ward last week. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Some City of Cape Town facilities in ward 72 cannot be used as equipment is not up to standard and are regarded as a safety risk, but Anda Ntsodo, Mayco member for community services, says he is here to take action.

On a visit to facilities in the area on Wednesday he was shown things that ward councillor Kevin Southgate has been struggling to get fixed.

Ntsodo visited the Groenewald sports field, St Augustine cricket club, Princess Vlei eco and adventure centre and Princess Vlei.

Southgate says at times it’s frustrating when repairs are not done.

“Facilities have to be maintained. You send requests and it takes forever to get them done. Side screens at the St Augustine cricket club are damaged. We have requested that they be replaced or repaired but nothing has been done and the season will start soon. Every year it’s the same thing. Clubs are struggling as the facilities are not up to scratch.”

Dudley Lewis, junior chairperson for soccer at Groenewald sports field, says community sports is growing and they must have good facilities so that it’s viable for families to come out and spend a day watching sport.

“We want it to be worth their while bringing families here. We still have a lot of issues that need to be ironed out. With the grass we are sure it will all be fine in good time, but other things need to be looked at. We must made this place a happy place,” he says.

Ntsodo promised during the visit that the facilities would be looked at as a matter of urgency.

“The main reason I’m here is to speed up repairs and maintenance. I’m also here to ensure that programmes are running and to provide the public with a public space that is good. It’s work in progress. The facilities are there, it’s just that there are a few things that need to be looked at as soon as possible. I also want to urge City officials to ensure that these facilities are properly maintained and going forward we will continue to work with the communities to find a way forward. The issue of councillors struggling to get repairs and everything will be a thing of the past,” he said.

Southgate says it was essential that Ntsodo visited their area.

“The Mayco member had to come here so that he could get an understanding of the issues that are affecting the ward.”

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