Subcouncil 17 is on the move again.
This comes after a decision was put forward at the latest sitting of the subcouncil at Dulcie September’s minor hall on Thursday.
The subcouncil, which comprises wards 48, 49 and 60 and stretches from Athlone to Penlyn Estate and then from Hanover Park through to Manenberg, will now be seated at Athlone Stadium.
The move is necessitated after the current site at Dulcie September Civic Centre was deemed unsafe for the staff of the subcouncil and visitors to the building.
This comes following a risk assessment commissioned by the chairperson of the subcouncil, George March.
The overriding concern of the assessment was that the flooring on the first floor was unstable due to it falling apart and that it posed a safety risk to those inside the building.
An initial proposal was submitted to March where it was suggested that the subcouncil should move to Vygieskraal Stadium.
The athletics stadium had been occupied by Western Province Athletics until the body moved to re-establish its headquarters at Green Point athletics track late last year.
However, March refused that the subcouncil be moved to Vygieskraal, citing the space available there as not being adequate in terms of what is required for the operational needs of the subcouncil, while also posing a challenge aesthetically.
Dulcie September Civic Centre was one of three community centres (along with Belthorn Hall and Lansdowne Civic Centre) that were shut down for six months last year for upgrades (“Centres to close for upgrades”, People’s Post, 7 February 2017).
During this time, the subcouncil moved its operations to Athlone Stadium temporarily.
Director of area-based service delivery, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, confirmed that the subcouncil, with its staff, will move into Athlone Stadium this week.
“The data and power installation commenced at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday (23 January).
“The relocation is scheduled for Monday (29 January). We have a list of the items that are currently in place, so that we can transfer the assets while we are waiting on the move to take place from here to the stadium,” said Solomons-Johannes.