The launch of a new one- stop facility for resident of Khayelitsha, which, it is hoped, will make life easier for the residents was warmly received.
On Thursday, Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor for the City of Cape Town, opened the new building at the Khayelitsha Training Centre as part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP).
The facility, which cost the City of Cape Town spent R14 million to build, will be utilised by different government departments to ensure that residents get all services they need in one place.
The consolidated services include City Health, Traffic Services, Social Development, Water and Sanitation and three Sub-councils.
The building is also widely utilised by non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the South African Police Service (SAPS), the South African Social Service Agency (SASSA), and Community Development Workers (CDW).
De Lille said this is a “one-stop-shop” for residents to access not only city amenities, but also the services provided by other organisations.
“When we launched the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP) five years ago, we wanted to ensure that communities like Khayelitsha, who had little to no development under apartheid, are prioritised and benefit from Cape Town’s economy.
“It was also our goal – as intended by the City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) – to improve safety, the quality of life, and to address the socio-economic situation of the many communities benefiting from the programme,” she said.
The community is now receiving services closer to their residential areas as this project is providing assistance to residents in 12 wards in Khayelitsha.
De Lille raised her complaint though that the building was not friendly for disabled persons and that the error should be rectified.
Freddie Sidali, provincial assistant director for SASSA, applauded the facility and said it is was a relief for them.
“We held our meetings in hotels in the city previously. We will no longer drive to town and sit in traffic (jams).
We will do our workshops and training here now.
SASSA is here and we are one of the beneficiaries of this facility,” Sidali said.
Pauline Perez, centre manager for Nonceba Family Counselling, said the facility will make a big change in the organisation.
“This building instils pride in the community. We had to travel out of the community when we needed to access some services, but we were privileged for the last two years as the city allowed us to do our operations in their in their facilities. I feel strong that our people deserve this,” Perez said.
Nonceba Family Counselling Centre was founded in 1997 to respond to the problems of sexual abuse in the area.
Ndithini Tyhido, chairperson for Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), said the facility will “add value” in the lives of the residents.
Tyhido also said they were “grateful” for the sub-council for allowing them to utilise their facility from time to time.