City of Cape Town to spend R19m on community and sports facilities

13 April 2018

The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department will spend R19.3m on upgrades for numerous sports and community facilities across the metro. If the budget is approved, nearly 90% of the total spend (R17m) will be used in Manenberg and Gugulethu.

The Cape Argus reports that Manenberg will see R10m used for the implementation of an integrated precinct designed by the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Programme. The precinct had been called for after meetings with community members and the provincial government.

The Downs and Duinefontein Community Centres, Sherwood Park Recreation Centre, Manenberg swimming pool and The Greens sports ground will also all be upgraded. The sports ground will see new netball courts, soccer fields, spectator stands and changing rooms being provided

In Gugulethu, R7m will be used for an “integrated park” at the Gugulethu Sports Ground NY1. The existing gym area, park, multipurpose courts and walkways will also receive work.

According to MayCo Member for Safety and Security and Social Services, JP Smith, these types of areas are crucial for any community.

The department is also looking to create an online facility booking system where members of the community can search for a bookable City facility, check availability and pay for its use online.

The City ideally wants all bookable facilities listed on the online system within the next 18-24 months. This will include community halls, resorts, swimming pools and sports fields.