New res­i­dent fa­cil­ity opened

Newly built mul­ti­func­tional Mon­wabisi Park neigh­bour­hood cen­tre opens to ser­vice Khayelit­sha com­mu­nity

The New Age (Free State) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@the­

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

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