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Sport on top in ward

by Laverne de Vries
10 Oct 2006
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

Three Quarters of the ward allocation budget for Ward 47, which includes Hanover Park, Newfields and Newfields Village, is set to go towards the upgrading and development of a sports field.

According to Ward Councillor Kenneth Lategan, the decision to invest so much of the budget into one avenue is fuelled by public demand.

"I have received several appeals from the public, especially the youth, that they want facilities, so I decided to invest about R150 000 into the Walvis field, which is surrounded by Lansport and Ryston Roads."

The field is currently a dumping site and Lategan hopes the vast amount of money spent on this resource will prevent people from neglecting and abusing it.

Every year the City of Cape Town provides a ward allocation budget to each ward in the city.

This year wards can spend R200 000 on capital expenses, which will fund the acquisition of new equipment or establishment of new ventures, and R200 000 on operating expenses, which will fund the maintenance of established projects or ventures.

The rest of Lategan's capital expenditure budget is earmarked for expenditure on water points for all 26 blocks of flats in Hanover Park.

"We have been discussing the idea of court committees to create and beautify gardens and although the tools are available, people need the water points so that they can water their gardens, so the other R50 000 will be spent on that," he says.

The lion's share of the operating expenses, however, will be allocated as grants-in-aid.

"This means that I will be supporting certain organisations that are in dire need of the money and who are committed to community development." The proposed recipients are:
  • The Hanover Park Brass Bands: R50 000;
  • The Hoopratz Basketball Club: R10 000;
  • The Lansport Senior Citizens Club: R5 000;
  • The Hanover Roses Arts and Crafts Club: R5 000;
  • The Annual Seniors Lunch: R25 000;
  • SMAC Challenge: R10 000; and
  • Act of Grace: R10 000
Although there are four brass bands in the area, Lategan aims to unify them under one banner.

"We have held meetings and proposed that they all come together so that they can share the money which will be used for equipment. This will be shared.

"This also applies to a music teacher.
"No one has objected yet but if they cannot come to a consensus, we will use the money somewhere else."

Furthermore, a quarter of the money will also be used for crime prevention.
"There have been requests that we paint the names of the blocks of flats on the roofs so that if the police are flying overhead, they will know exactly where they are."

Lategan adds that he hopes to place the remaining R35 000 into a trust account for the community.
"Many a time I am approached by people close to the end of the year for funds for buses or food when they arrange their year-end functions.
"Often than not I use my own money. This time, I'd like to reserve some of the money for that need."

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