New resident facility opened
Newly built multifunctional Monwabisi Park neighbourhood centre opens to service Khayelitsha community
THE city of Cape Town has welcomed a new community facility in Khayelitsha, which was built as part of the violence prevention through urban upgrading programme.
Built at a cost of R4.5m, the muchneeded facility, which was officially opened at the weekend, is a multifunctional facility that includes a hall, an early childhood development classroom, a covered courtyard, a neighbourhood watch base office, an office for the city’s outreach programmes, a caretaker’s flat, ablution facilities, office space for non- governmental organisations to render social services and a netball/ basketball court.
A food garden is in the process of being established.
Congratulating the programme on its latest achievement at the official opening of the Monwabisi Park neighbourhood centre in Khayelitsha, the city’s mayoral committee member for area east, Anda Ntsodo, said: “Just as water, sewerage and public safety are considered essential community services, the Monwabisi Park neighbourhood centre is vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in this community, ensuring the health of families and youth and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of the community.
“I urge the community to take ownership of the facility and to ensure that it remains well cared for and accessible to all,” Ntsodo said.
The city’s councillor for safety and security JP Smith said one of the most important features of the resource centre was that it provided the people of Monwabisi Park with a space to meet.
“Real change and progress comes about when people can come together to share experiences and develop a shared vision for their lives and their neighbourhood A meeting space is crucial for all communities and this is certainly a world- class meeting space that has been created here in Monwabisi Park,” Smith said.
“This resource centre will also be a safe place for people to play sport and take part in a variety of recreational and creative activities, like dance, aerobics, arts and crafts and so on.
“This centre will see hundreds of people learning a new skill and enjoying a new pastime.”
The violence prevention through urban upgrading programme was a partnership between the German government, represented by the German Development Bank, the city of Cape Town, the Western Cape government and the communities the programme operates in.
The Monwabisi Park neighbourhood centre was built with funding generated from comic relief and the German Development Bank.
“Partnerships like this are crucial in making progress,” Ntsodo said.
“In line with our organisational development and transformation plan, we will continue to work with various partners to realise our transformational priorities, including building integrated communities and excelling in basic service delivery.
“Through the city’s mayoral urban regeneration programme, we will continue to identify similar spaces in informal settlements where we can improve the lives of residents.”
NEIGHBOURHOOD UNITED: The city of Cape Town has welcomed the opening of a new community facility in Khayelitsha as part of the violence prevention through upgrading programme