Who’s bowling now?

2017-11-28 06:01
Interior of the ‘forgotten’ Old Claremont Bowling Club PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Interior of the ‘forgotten’ Old Claremont Bowling Club PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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There is no clear direction for the plans for the R27m old Claremont bowling club in Bowwood Road in Claremont following a successful land claim.

According to reports, the land claim process had taken more than five years. In June this year the land claims commission successfully transferred the land to the Claremont Beneficiary Trust, which is now responsible for the maintenance and future of the controversial site.

Vuyani Nkasayi, spokesperson of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, says: “On 8 June confirmation for the registration of erf 177827 to the beneficiary trust was received from the office of the state attorney. The said trust is responsible for the building and the site at large. The land was acquired from the City of Cape Town.”

Residents are worried about its current state, because it has reportedly been deteriorating over the years. The building has reportedly been vandalised and unknown people haven stolen from it.

Abdul Kebelker, chairperson of the Claremont Improvement District Company, confirms the issues around the site but says he does not have enough information on the trustees or transfer of the land. He says the site has been controversial for years.

When People’s Post visited the site, a young man, a caretaker there, said nothing was being done about the club and he was concerned about the vandalism. He said he was placed at the site by a safety and security organisation when he had been homeless. He said he tried to look after it but it was difficult because there was no proper security system and the building was large.

He did not know who was supposed to be taking care of it but he had seen a few people there who told him they were from a trust.

He showed People’s Post the damage inside the building. Cupboards and some windows were broken and the ceiling damaged. The grass was long but has reportedly been cut after People’s Post started with enquiries.

A nearby resident, Les Salo, says the building is becoming an eyesore. He would like to know what the plans for the site are or see the owners install a proper security system. He says a lot is happening there and he cannot blame the caretaker for it.

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