The City of Cape Town’s Recreation and Parks Department says it has budgeted R17 million for the upgrade of various community and sports facilities in Manenberg and Gugulethu on the Cape Flats.

The upgrades will include refurbishment at the Downs and Duinefontein Community Centres and the Manenberg swimming pool.

Mayoral Committee Member for Social Services, JP Smith says, “Quality recreational spaces are crucial to helping communities thrive. Not only do they provide an outlet to young people to engage in constructive activities, but it is also an opportunity for communities to reclaim their spaces that are often turned to wastelands by those with criminal intent.”

“The projects in Manenberg and Gugulethu hold great potential and I encourage the relevant communities to be part of the process. But also to take ownership of these facilities once they are revamped,” adds Smith.