Community centres close for upgrades

Three community centres in Athlone and Lansdowne will temporarily close so the City of Cape Town can do upgrades worth R3 million.

The city’s recreation and parks department will do repairs and renovations at the facilities, which will be closed for the next four to six months.

The Dulcie September civic centre and the Belthorne hall in Athlone will be closed from the beginning of February, while the Lansdowne civic centre will be closed at the beginning of March.

“We realise there will be an inconvenience to residents for the time that these facilities are closed, but we also need to maintain these assets to ensure their future use,” said the City’s mayoral committee member for area central, Siyabulela Mamkeli.

The City has budgetted about R3 million for the repairs and improvements.

The Dulcie September civic centre will have roof covering and waterproofing to seal leaks, painting, fitting of ceilings, internal wall finishes, plumbing, and the replacement of hand-wash basins, urinals, mirrors, locks, cupboards, defective timber doors and paving for the outside area.

The Belthorne hall will be painted inside and out and new ceilings with acoustic tiles and roofing will be installed.

“We want to encourage residents to participate in the various programmes and events hosted at the City’s facilities. Hopefully with these new renovations, more residents will visit the centres and assist the City in taking care of them.

“We urge residents to bear with us during this time as the end result will benefit everyone,” said Mr Mamkeli.