Tshwane to Benefit from GSC Sports Upgrades

The City of Tshwane will benefit from more than R800,000 in upgrades to three of its most used sports facilities as part of the Gauteng Sports Confederation’s (GSC) multi-million rand upgrade project.

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.

The Stanza Bopape Sports Complex, which is used for a multitude of events, stands to benefit from an allocation to improve its security.  A palisade perimeter fence will be installed to improve security for all the users of the Mamelodi East facility.

In Atteridgeville the multi-purpose Lucas “Masterpieces” Moripe Stadium’s dilapidated B-field will benefit from a substantial upgrade of the stadium turf.

Stadium Manager Pulane Mahlaku said it was important to improve the field so that more people in the community could use it.

“The standard was poor; poles had rust; ground was not level and it was used by the local football association and community members. It would benefit from refurbishment for the purpose of the community benefit and having a standard football field to play on,” he said.

The community of Eersterust will benefit from an upgrade of the Eersterust Athletic Stadium, which is used for football games by the local league. A third field will be built to provide additional capacity to the current two.

Lucas Msibi, the caretaker of the Stanza Bopape centre said the facility was fenced with light metal which was in poor condition due to commuters who made thoroughfares for themselves rather than using the main entrance.

“The facility is being also being used by locals around the area for it has a library,” said Msibi. “The facility was vandalized and robbed because of the easy access made by commuters through the fence. As such, a palisade fence would go a long way to keeping the centre safe as well as those who use it.”


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