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The City of Cape Town plans to spend a total of R19, 3 million on the upgrading of various vulnerable community facilities and recreational centres.

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Majority of that spend will be used in Manenberg and Gugulethu, explains the Councillor JP Smith.

The City's Recreation and Parks Department has allocated R17 million for the upgrades to facilities in Manenberg and Gugulethu.

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Smith says that investing in quality facilities will help keep children busy during the day and give them hope in their communities.

The social investment and policing budget in vulnerable communities must be aligned in order to curb crime and violence, he explains.

Here are some of the facilities which will benefit from the upgrade project:

  • The Downs Community Centre
  • The Duinefontein Community Centre
  • The Sherwood Park Recreation Centre
  • The Manenberg Swimming Pool
  • The Marico Park
  • The park next to the Greens sports fields
  • The sports complex at Steve Biko Drive (formerly known as NY1)

Recreation and Parks is investing two of our most vulnerable communities in terms of new facilities in Gugulethu and in Manenberg.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

We are trying to put money in where it is most desperately needed.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

The crime stats show that we need to match the social investment with what the police are trying to do.

JP Smith, MayCo Member for Safety and Security

Take a listen to the planned developments:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : R17m for Gugs and Manenberg recreational facilities to keep kids off streets

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