22 Sep 2011

thunk on Hangberg, Hout Bay!

thunk on Hangberg, Hout Bay!

The brilliant  thunk gives his impression on the anniversary of the Hangberg riots…

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12 Sep 2011

Recreation hub for Hangberg, Hout Bay

Recreation hub for Hangberg, Hout Bay

Photo from the Mail@Guardian, mg.co.za, text from www.vocfm.co.za:

The sea-side village of Hangberg in Hout Bay will benefit from a new recreational hub, aimed at uplifting the sub-economic community. The City of Cape Town will be opening new recreational hubs in all their six districts with the objective of offering different activities that falls under one particular facility. The latest hub will officially open in Hout Bay on Saturday.

According to executive strategic officer for the community cervices Patrick Selo, the hubs are being built to not have a mirage of facilities, but to be  concentrated into one localised area coined a ‘recreation hub’. “We have chosen facilities that have certain standards and that could have a number of different activities taking place without spending lots of money as the facility itself will already be at a minimum standard.”

The hub would be offering different sporting activities such as gymnastic classes, indoor soccer training, development of arts and crafts, sewing workshops and electronic games. The development of recreational hubs is a result of research study that was done in order to identify specific facilities within the district for the establishment of the hubs, he added.

The study showed that a number of facilities are well targeted and are making a positive difference in the lives of people, although some of the findings show that there are areas open for improvement.  “The research helps us to steer our development programs towards one single area. The community centres are being turned into recreational hubs in order to become a centre for excellence for all different kinds of sporting activities to take place in one area,” he said.

The hubs becomes a focal centre for the development of recreation and sport within an area, whereas in the past a number of activities took place outdoors. “It really helps to build a citizen tree amongst communities,” he said. This is the third launch the department will host and another three launches will be taking place as the year progresses with one recreational hub being placed in each district in all six districts.

In addition, the study also showed that there are a lot of activities and amenities needed in the disadvantaged areas directing the department where these amenities are really needed. The Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department’s District 2 hub will be housing a number of areas including Retreat, Ottery, Lotus River, Parkwood, Grassy Park, Elfindale, Steenberg, Seawinds, Claremont, Hout Bay, Newlands, Plumstead, Wynberg, Mowbray, Diep River, Simon’s Town, Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Kommetjie, Kalk Bay, Clovelly, Misty Cliffs and Ocean View.

“Sport and recreation is really important to the communities in Cape Town so that we instil a healthy lifestyle within communities in order to build good communities. This is basically an objective to why sport is such an important tool within our communities’ development,” he concluded. VOC (Tashneem Abrahams)

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08 Jul 2011

Sentinel school helping the Hangberg community

Sentinel Intermediate School in Hangberg, Hout Bay, is doing its bit for the community. Report by @ETV…

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26 Apr 2011

Hout Bay’s Berlin Wall

Hout Bay’s Berlin Wall

While the DA campaigned elsewhere in the country, the ANC focused heavily on Cape Town and the rest of the Western Cape, showing up in churches and roping in jazz musician Jimmy Dludlu.

Yesterday afternoon, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula visited the Cape Flats and the controversial Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu settlements in Hout Bay. He likened the wall the City of Cape Town built between shack dwellers and wealthier Hout Bay residents to the Berlin Wall or the West Bank barrier wall.

Minutes before Mbalula’s visit, Ehrenreich, the ANC mayoral candidate and Cosatu provincial secretary, accused the DA of trying to “sabotage” Cosatu’s May Day rally. After the union federation agreed to pay R700000 to hire the Cape Town stadium, he said, the city slapped it with an extra R1-million bill to cover the cordoning off of nearby streets along which members would march, as well as for “law-enforcement, solid-waste cleaning, water, transport and metro police”.

In Hangberg, Mbalula and Dludlu trudged door to door in the rain, dropping in on Fagmieda Samaai, who told them how metro policemen had kicked down her door during September’s eviction saga. She and family members had been arrested.

“It was the worst day of my life. I was thrown to the ground and dragged by my feet. My daughter wears a veil and it was ripped off her,” Samaai told Mbalula, Dludlu and ANC Western Cape secretary Songezo Mjongile.

Mbalula and his entourage heard how Auriol Cloete lost an eye after being hit by a rubber bullet.

Fumed Mbalula: “People are told the Western Cape and Cape Town are the best story of governance and service delivery under the leadership of Helen Zille. But what do we see when we get here? It is squalor, people living in poverty and unemployment.”

ANC leaders turned out in force for Easter services, with Mbalula at Khayelitsha’s Salvation Church and National Planning Minister Manuel at the Assemblies of God church in Philippi.

Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zoe Kota went to church in the Cape Flats neighbourhood of Mandalay, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Joemat-Pettersson attended a service in the West Coast town of Saldanah and Mjongile went to church in Langa.

Ehrenreich spoke at a mosque in the southern suburb of Rondebosch after Friday prayers. Although yesterday’s campaigning focused on churches, ANC provincial leader Fransman attended the Worcester Easter bazaar and spoke to farmworkers in De Doorns. Ehrenreich attended a soccer tournament in Belhar.

DA spokesman Lindiwe Mazibuko poured scorn on the ANC members attendance of church services: “We engage religious communities all the time. We don’t just save it for Easter. The core of our campaign is not in the same vein as the ANC, where they are saying: ‘Vote for the ANC, you will get to heaven.’ We are talking to voters about our record in government and [about] service delivery issues.”

The ANC appears to be pinning its hopes on Ehrenreich securing the votes of the city’s working-class coloureds, many of whom belong to Cosatu but have not voted for the ANC in the past.

University of the Western Cape political analyst Keith Gottschalk said: “I assume that the ANC choosing a celebrity man from Cosatu is to minimise the loss of coloured voters who dislike the ANC and in the past voted for the NP and then later, perhaps, the DA and the ID.”

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20 Apr 2011

Good news for Hangberg residents

Good news for Hangberg residents
taken from eyewitnessnews.co.za/Malungelo Booi:

Cape Town officials on Tuesday gave an undertaking that no Hangberg residents will be moved to Blikkiesdorp.

Officials also promised to build 200 residential units in the area starting from October this year. About 300 structures in the area will also be upgraded.

This is part of an agreement reached between locals and the city to try and develop the area, which was the scene of violent protests last year.

“There is an undertaking that the community will not be relocated to Blikkiesdorp and that there is complete commitment to finding a resolution within the area,” said one of the mediators, Brian Williams.

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