Sarda land issue

2018-11-13 06:00

“Unless alternative and suitable land is found and secured for Sarda, 180 children and adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities will not be able to continue the free therapeutic riding lessons that they receive,” says Bee Lukey of Sarda. The organisation is facing eviction from its current premises.

Lukey, the spokesperson for the SA Riding for the Disabled Association (Sarda) in Brommersvlei Road says they have since February last year been waiting for a date to be set for the Land Claims Court to rule on compensation after they lost a battle over the land to a claimant. This follows a court appeal where the Constitutional Court granted Sarda leave to appeal the ruling and that the matter be remitted to the Land Claims Court for compensation to be paid to the organisation.

Sarda has been operating on the land for 36 years now.

Lukey says Sarda has no intention to move until a suitable alternative is
provided. She says they have made public appeals for suitable land, but to no avail, because they would like, regardless of the outcome, to carry on offering their
services. She says the decision could negatively affect the physically impaired beneficiaries and their immediate families from local schools around Cape Town.

She says they cater for 13 special needs schools which are Vista Nova in Pinelands and Rondebosch, Alpha School for learners with autism in Woodstock, Mary Harding School in Athlone, Bel Porto School for children with physical and intellectual impairments in Lansdowne, among others.

“They will lose the valuable therapy provided for their pupils who ride at Sarda. We have appealed for land within reasonable access to the 13 special needs schools it services on numerous occasions through the media and its own communication channels with its members and supporters. Land to allow the lessons and the healthy living of the horses who provide the therapeutic riding lessons is crucial to this specialised form of therapy.”

Not finding appropriate land will result in the complete closure of the organisation.

“Should no suitable land be found Sarda will tragically have no option but to close its doors thus negatively impacting the quality of life for the adults and children that currently benefit from the free therapeutic riding lessons.” V For more information visit sardacapetown.co.za.

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