‘Perfect site’ for multi-purpose centre

Ward 118 Clr Neuren Pietersen stands outside a burnt-down tennis club building in Fotheringham Park, the proposed site for the new multi-purpose centre.

The construction of a new multi-purpose centre for Ward 118 residents was announced at a City of Joburg Integrated Development Planning (IDP) meeting at Bertha Solomon in Jeppestown on November 7.

MMC for development and planning, Clr Richard Ngobeni, said the project will cost R41-million.

The multi-purpose centre is part of Ward 118 Clr Neuren Pietersen’s wish-list.

“I’m happy that the multi-purpose centre is going to be built because it is going to benefit the community,” Pietersen said.

“This will bring much-needed facilities and services to the communities of Malvern and Kensington.”

The site earmarked for the centre is Fotheringham Park, which has been vandalised over the years.

The proposed site for the new multi-purpose centre.

“This park has been a problem to the community for years now because of the state it’s in. It is the perfect site for the centre,” Pietersen said.

“This will bring much-needed rejuvenation to the area around the eastern boundary, which in turn should positively reduce the instances of drug trafficking, loitering, vandalism and squatting currently being experienced in the park. This should also reduce crime around Fotheringham Park.”

Although the site sits in Ward 65, it is on the border of Ward 118.

“The multi-purpose centre project will be moved to Ward 65 because Ward 118 did not have space to accommodate the 4000 square metre centre,” said Ayanda Radebe, City of Joburg specialist for communication and marketing.

She said another IDP meeting will be held to inform the community of the centre’s location in Ward 65.

“But the project will continue as planned. The project will be handled by the City of Joburg Department of Community Development. The centre will have a library, computer room, swimming pool, sports fields, recreational centre, tennis court and arts and culture studio.”

Radebe said it is not clear when the project will begin.

“A service agreement needs to be established first, and that will be followed by tender processes which will determine how long the project will take to be completed,” she said.

Busi Vilakazi

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