Station clean-up on a roll

2019-12-10 06:00
Homeless people live in the parking area at Lansdowne railway station.

Homeless people live in the parking area at Lansdowne railway station.

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The project focused on making Lansdowne railway station presentable and clean for commuters is progressing by leaps and bounds.

“After consultations with all of the stakeholders involved, we first tried to rid the area of dirt, germs and cleaning it. We wanted to make the station environmentally friendly by ensuring that commuters should not endure the stench and dirt at the station when travelling by public transport,” Mark Kleinschmidt, councillor for Ward 60, says.

With the help of a group of volunteers from the World Mission Society Church, Asez, the graffiti on the wall of the buildings were painted over.

Asez has formed a relationship with the City and on 20 March they signed an agreement to show support for its activities in and around Cape Town.

Besides the volunteers and the councillor, members of the solid waste department of the City of Cape Town also assisted in the cleaning and beautifying of Lansdowne station.

“Besides removing the graffiti, we repainted the subway and the Prasa red face-brick building intended for use by law enforcement agencies as a safety and security control centre. We, Subcouncil 17, and all the stakeholders assisted the volunteers with tools needed to clean the area,” Kleinschmidt says.

The car park at the station will be fenced off for a secure park-’n-ride facility for commuters, manned by security guards.

Currently the homeless are occupying the car park. Social development officials will meet with them each Tuesday to upskill and reintegrate them into the community. From 13 January, the roll-out plan takes place with the recruitment of additional Expanded Public Works Programme workers for this precinct.

“The upliftment programmes for the homeless will be conducted at the Range Road Hall in Kenwyn. Local businesses are invited to assist where possible by calling me,” Kleinschmidt says.

The City and the stakeholders in this project appeal to residents and businesses not to feed or support the homeless because it sustains their complacency.

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