Joburg Sports Facilities Set for Upgrades
Sporting communities in previously disadvantaged areas such Lenasia and Orange Farm will soon benefit thanks to the multi-million rand programme initiated by the Gauteng Sports Confederation aimed at the Johannesburg area.
This GSC has raised an amount of R5million for the building and upgrading of community sport facilities in partnership with the Gauteng Gambling Board. The main objective of the project is to assist in the creation of sustainable sporting environments in which the participating communities of Gauteng will, in conjunction with schools and sport federations, participate in sport and healthy, physically active lifestyles.
In Orange Farm, the Orange Farm Cricket Club, which serves all 22 primary and high schools in the area, will have a sight screen and three nets built at the Chris Hani Sport Complex.
In Lenasia south of Johannesburg, the Lenasia cricket fields, the only facility that can serve eight teams on one match day and which is used by all the schools in the area, will have two astro turfs refurbished and eight sight screens repaired.
At the Gazankulu Primary School in Chiawelo, funds have been earmarked to establish of a multi-purpose centre as well as extend the schools squash courts. The renovation will particularly benefit a squash development programme that is currently thriving in the area.
At the Danie van Zyl Sports Complex close that services the Westbury, Bosmont and Coronationville and surrounding communities, funds have been earmarked to resurface the courts and change them into multipurpose facilities. The club house and ablution facilities will also be upgraded.
“These upgrades may be minor but will make a massive difference to the people of the area. For example at the Danie van Zyl Sports Complex the surface of the courts are cracked and grass has grown in between those cracks,” said GSC secretary general Yaseen Lombard.
“The clubhouse also needs some work as the windows are broken; the ablution facility is also not up to standard; the toilets are leaking and some of the basins are broken,” he said. He said the improved facilities were important to encourage participation in sport and in developing a sense of pride among communities and individuals. “We believe this initiative will inspire young people to take up sport and to continue with it and reap the benefit of a healthy and active life.”