There is a huge need for recreational facilities in the community of Xola Naledi, Grabouw and we were fortunate to launch this project and obtaining funding to start.
We have adopted the “Public Open Place” know as ERF 3004 (approximately 2558m²) from Theewaterskloof Municipality. This area is directly across from Imizamo Church / Siphila Sonke and was until recently used as a dumping ground by the residents and is known for an area that is not safe with several assaults and rape having been reported there. The children also play in this area. Due to the proximity to our premises the area can be controlled and maintained with ease by us.
A 20 ton excavator with hammer attachment was hired to remove and break the huge rocks and to level the area. With this now achieved, soil will be carted in and levelled and the area fenced so as to limit access and reduce the refuse dumping and stop access to cattle. Once the area is fenced we hope to establish a netball and soccer field (and hopefully in the near future a jungle gym!!) with a few trees planted strategically.
In obtaining the required approval from the residents much appreciation was expressed for our plans to make it safe for both the children and adults in the community. This will provide a safe place for the children to play and a clean and aesthetic recreational area for the community. Access will be available to all with a pedestrian entrance that will remain open but give no access to animals.