Drought hits Bothasig foot­ball club

Cape Argus - - NEWS - Marvin Charles – marvin.charles@inl.co.za

THE DROUGHT in the prov­ince has not spared a group of foot­ballers from play­ing their sport.

The City of Cape Town has de­clined a Bothasig foot­ball club per­mis­sion to use a field, fear­ing overuse of the pitch will dam­age it. Bothasig Rangers made two ap­pli­ca­tions to the City.

“We ap­plied to the Abe Sher Sports Ground in Bothasig to make use of one field to train on. We ap­plied for that field be­cause the club is in Bothasig and it’s only R100 to play for the ju­niors,” said club chair­per­son Do­rian Sylvester.

“It’s also cen­tral for kids from Rich­wood and Sum­mer Greens and Dunoon.”

The City’s act­ing di­rec­tor for Recre­ation and Parks, Jan Fourie, said the depart­ment was con­duct­ing an au­dit of its grass sport fa­cil­i­ties.

“The club’s re­quest was turned down be­cause there was no play­ing ca­pac­ity on the fields in ques­tion to ac­com­mo­date another club,” Fourie said.

“The cur­rent drought cri­sis has also had an ad­verse ef­fect on the con­di­tion of most turf-grass fa­cil­i­ties in the city, fur­ther ex­ac­er­bat­ing the sit­u­a­tion.”

“It is for this rea­son only that the re­quest has been de­nied,” the City’s may­oral com­mit­tee mem­ber for Safety and Se­cu­rity; and So­cial Ser­vices, JP Smith, said.

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