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11 October 2004

KHAYELITSHA CELEBRATES R 3.6 MILLION WARD ALLOCATION HANDOVER


MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 176/2004
11 OCTOBER 2004



MEDIA ALERT

KHAYELITSHA CELEBRATES R 3.6 MILLION WARD ALLOCATION HANDOVER

Youth groups, Senior citizen groups, the Early Childhood Development Sector, Sports, Development Forums, Night Shelter, Women’s movements and the Health Sector particularly HIV/AIDS Groups will benefit from the R 3.6 million ward allocation handover. A total amount of R2.4 million was approved for capital projects and R 1.2 million for operational projects. The event will be hosted on Tuesday, 12 October 2004 at Lookout Hill, cnr Spine & Mewway Road in Khayelitsha at 13:30 for 14:00.

Background

The three Sub-councils in Khayelitsha, consider ward allocations as a mechanism to address priority high impact community needs of the wards. Councillors in consultation with their ward constituents identified and reached an agreement on the projects to be supported within the ward. The projects changed the lives of many people at ward level and significantly contributed to the up-liftment of communities.

The ward allocation process offered a rare opportunity of putting into practice the idea of different spheres of government co-operating and working with one another in providing services to communities. The interaction between the City through the Sport and Recreation Directorate, Sub-councils with the National and Provincial Department of Sport and Recreation provided an opportunity to jointly work on creating an active and socially responsible lifestyle.

Driven by the belief that policing cannot necessarily solve all crime types, in particular, crime in poor communities like Khayelitsha is often caused by idling and socio economic circumstances, which cannot be addressed by police acting alone. Therefore, a sustainable sports programme in these areas was identified as the mechanism of keeping young people away from anti-social activities. The Young Champions Programme that includes sports activities such as netball, basketball, football (boys and girls) leagues and the establishment of boxing clubs was the ultimate result of the programme. The programme contains motivational programmes, such as HIV/AIDS awareness and Sport Against Violence on women and children campaigns by the LoveLife Ground breakers.

The ward allocations project enabled the City to create working relations with financial institutions. The majority of organizations awarded grants-in-aid did not have bank accounts. This could have resulted to a situation where organizations providing an invaluable service to the community being overlooked and possibly refused funding.

The involvement of First National Bank meant that bank accounts were opened for these organizations and all the necessary assistance provided to them in terms of education and discipline of operating a bank account.

Khayelitsha is an area with a population in excess of one million inhabitants although official figures estimate the population to be approximately four hundred thousand. The area is grossly underdeveloped with rampant unemployment, poverty and homelessness.

The area is divided into three Sub-councils that consist of twelve wards. The councillors dedicated their ward allocation monies/funds towards programs aimed at addressing the above-mentioned challenges in the area.

The handing over event will ensure that the beneficiaries are publicly awarded with the keys to the facilities that they will be utilizing. It is also a way of celebrating with those who have benefited from the allocation and a mechanism of reporting back accounting for monies used. Most importantly, it is a way of informing the public that the City of Cape Town really works for them.

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ISSUED BY:
LISLE BROWN
SPOKESPERSON – CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 938-8081 CELL: 084 888 1901

MEDIA QUERIES:
FEZEKILE COTANI
MANAGER – NXELE MAKANA SUB-COUNCIL 9
TEL: 360-1267/1111 CELL: 084 222 1241
E-MAIL: FEZEKILE.COTANI@CAPETOWN.GOV.ZA

LUTHANDO SIWISA: MANAGER
CHARLOTTE MAXEKE SUB-COUNCIL 10
TEL: 360-1148 CELL: 084 222 1261
E-MAIL: THANDO.SIWISA@CAPETOWN.GOV.ZA

GODWIN MABUYA
MANAGER - DAVID MTHETHO NTLANGANISO SUB-COUNCIL 13
TEL: 637-1336 CELL: 084 630 7874
E-MAIL: GODWIN.MABUYA@CAPETOWN.GOV.ZA




On behalf of the City of Cape Town