The Hope Through Action centre opened in Groendal, Franschhoek on Thursday, 15 January 2015. This Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre and Early Learning Centre was formally opened by the executive mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego, the premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Ms Judith MacGregor.
This centre has made the dream of changing lives and bringing hope for disadvantaged youth a reality through the construction of this new indoor community sport centre. The mayor described the centre as a ‘cathedral of dreams’, a place whereby with sports and life skills training individuals can realise their dreams.
Caption: Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego Mayor and Premier participating in the zumba dance with youth zumba group at the opening of the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal.
The centre was built by Hope Through Action, a charity registered in South Africa and in the United Kingdom as well as Power Construction who was involved in the construction and Lyners Consulting who did the project management. The centre includes a synthetic multi-sport pitch which is a FIFA standard 3G pitch, meaning a third generation pitch where the synthethic carpet is laid onto various bases, from the top-specification ‘engineered system’, consisting of stone base, porous tarmac layer and shockpad. The facility also includes training rooms, showers, meeting rooms and spectator seating for 300 people. Various sports will be accommodated at the centre such as handball, netball, cricket, volleyball, rugby, zumba dancing and soccer. The engineering of the pitch makes it one of the best in the municipality and the area and of world-class standard.
The centre will provide unique opportunities to the youth and will help fulfil their potential and skills, the premier, Mrs Helen Zille highlighted in her address. She also stated the central importance of sport in the development of a person within a social and group context. She commended the Hope Through Action movement for this development in the Franschhoek community and area and indicated that government, private sector and NGO’s such as Hope Through Action should partner to make this successful model ‘n role player for duplication in all areas in the province.
The centre was funded by Hope Through Action, a charity in SA and the UK which assists disadvantaged youth to develop life skills such as through sport. The opening was hosted by Mr Philip Green, Patron of Hope Through Action and Mrs Judy Green, Patron of Hope Through Action.
The development of the skills is done in a very holistic way, for the focus is not just on sport but also encompass the intellectual, sychological, mental and spiritual well-being and development, Phil Bland, Chair of the Hope Through Action indicated. The benefits to the community are numerous not just from an educational and sport perspective but the facility adds to initiatives to get the youth of the street, committed to sport and to improve their health and lives by making responsible and informed decisions. The impact is a positive difference in the lives of residents in the valley, young and old.
The opening programme also included inspiring talks by community leaders and the youth; sports demonstrations by young people, a zumba demonstration with active participation by VIPS and especially the executive mayor of Stellenbosch, Conrad Sidego and the premier of the Western Cape, Mrs Helen Zille. The VIP group toured the facility and unveiled plaques in the sports centre and in the early learning centre.
Other VIPs attended were councillor Aldridge Frazenburg, MayCo member of Stellenbosch Municipality, Mr Graham Power, CEO of Power Construction, Mr Fred Laker, Project Manager, Lyners Consulting, Mr Stafan Howelss, CEO of SCORE, Mr D Gurr, Trustee of the Kusasa Project, Mr J MacGregor, husband of the British High Commissioner and Mr Phil Bland, Chair of Hope Through Action.
Due to the excessive heat during this time of the year a very high demand regarding the availability of water in Franschhoek is experienced.
While water supply should remain available, poor pressure will be experienced in certain areas. Availability may therefore be limited at times.
You are kindly reminded that the attached water conservation measures are still applicable throughout the area. It is therefore imperative that the community applies the water conservation measures.
Non adherence to the request to conserve water, will necessitate the Municipality to prohibit all irrigation activities.
You are therefore kindly requested to limit all irrigation activities and watering of gardens to an absolute minimum and to adhere the attached conservation measures.
Any enquiries can be directed to 021 808 8209.
Thank you for you co-operation.
WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
1. The use of potable water distributed by Council used for watering gardens, lawns, parks and public open spaces is restricted as follows:
Watering of gardens, etc. may take place between 05:00 – 10:00 and 16:00 – 22:00 on alternative days.
• Gardens at houses with odd street numbers may be watered on odd calendar days.
• Gardens at houses with even street numbers may be watered on even calendar days.
• No gardens may be watered on two consecutive days.
2. The use of potable water distributed by Council used for watering gardens, lawns, parks and public open spaces is prohibited between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00 and 22:00 and 05:00.
3. The use of hosepipes connected directly or indirectly to Council’s distribution system for the purpose of washing or rinsing motor vehicles, motor cycles or motor boats, movable or immovable structures, paths, pavements and paved areas (regardless of the nature of the material used for paving such areas), is prohibited.
4. All automatic-flushing urinals shall be turned off in all buildings during times when such buildings are normally vacated by the public and/or staff other than cleaning staff. Attention is also drawn to Provincial Gazette Extraordinary Number 5014 (1996) which prohibits the use of automatic flushing urinals.
5. The restrictions referred to in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 only, shall not apply:
a) For the purpose of watering plants in nurseries that are conducted as a business, nurseries owned by the Council or State, collections maintained for research purposes, dune rehabilitation projects, cricket pitches, bowling greens, golf greens, croquet lawns, artificial turf fields and major sports stadia. The use of boreholes must be utilized as much as possible.
b) For the washing of certain paved areas at abattoirs, premises used for the processing of foods and to car valet services;
c) Where special exemptions have been granted in writing by Stellenbosch Municipality; and
d) Where other sources of non-potable water are used and a notice indicating the source is erected in a position clearly visible from a public thoroughfare e.g “Borehole Water Used”.
Vanweë die uitsonderlike hitte gedurende hierdie tyd van die jaar word daar ‘n hoë druk op die beskikbaarheid van water in Franschhoek ervaar.
Alhoewel water beskikbaar behoort te wees, sal swak toevoer in sekere gebiede ondervind word. Beskikbaarheid mag dus beperk wees by tye.
U word weereens herinner dat aangehegte waterbesparingsmaatreëls steeds van toepassing is in die hele gebied. Dit is dus noodsaaklik dat die gemeenskap die waterbesparingsmaatreëls toepas.
Versuim om gehoor te gee aan die versoek om water te bespaar, sal die Munisipaliteit noodsaak om ‘n algehele verbod op enige vorm van besproeiing in te stel.
U word derhalwe vriendelik versoek om alle besproeiing en natlei van tuine tot ‘n absolute minimum te beperk en streng by die aangehegte maatreëls te hou.
Vir enige navrae skakel asseblief 021 808 8209.
U word byvoorbaat bedank vir u samewerking
1. Die gebruik van drinkbare water, soos deur die Raad versprei, vir die natlei van tuine, grasperke, parke en openbare areas word soos volg beperk:
Tuine ensovoorts mag al om die ander dag tussen 05:00 – 10:00 en tussen 16:00 en 22:00 natgelei word.
• Tuine by huise met onewe straatnommers mag op onewe kalenderdae natgelei word.
• Tuine by huise met ewe straatnommers mag op ewe kalenderdae natgelei word.
• Geen tuin mag op twee agtereenvolgende dae natgelei word nie
2. Die gebruik van drinkbare water, soos deur die Raad versprei, vir die natlei van tuine, grasperke, parke en openbare areas is tussen 10:00 en 16:00 en 22:00 en 05:00 verbode.
3. Die gebruik van spuitslange wat direk of indirek aan die Raad se verspreidingstelsel gekoppel is, is verbode vir die was of afspoel van motorvoertuie, motorfietse of motorbote, los of vaste strukture, paadjies, sypaadjies en geplaveide areas (ongeag die aard van die material wat vir die plavei van sodanige areas gebruik is).
4. Alle urinale wat outomaties spoel, moet afgeskakel word in alle geboue wanneer sodanige geboue gewoonlik deur die publiek en/of personeel buiten skoonmakers ontruim word. U aandag word ook op Buitengewone Provinsiale Koerant Nommer 5014 (1996) gevestig, wat die gebruik van urinale wat outomaties spoel, verbied.
5. Die beperkings waarna in paragrawe 1, 2 en 3 verwys word, sal nie van toepassing wees:
a) Op die natlei van plante in kwekerye wat as sakeondernemings bedryf word, kwekerye wat deur die Raad of Staat besit word, versamelings wat vir navorsingdoeleindes onderhou word, duinrehabilitasieprojekte, krieketvelde, rolbalvelde, gholfsetperke, kunsgras-velde en belangrike sportstadions nie. Boorgate moet sover moontlik gebruik word;
b) Op die was van sekere geplaveide areas by abattoirs, persele wat vir die verwerking van kos gebruik word, en op motorskoonmaakdienste nie;
c) Waar spesiale vrystellings skriftelik deur die Munisipaliteit Stellenbosch toegestaan is nie; en
d) Waar ander bronne van ondrinkbare water gebruik word en ‘n kennisgewing wat die bron aandui, bv “Boorgatwater word gebruik”, in ‘n posisie opgerig is wat duidelik van ‘n openbare deurgang sigbaar is nie.
The executive Mayor, Conrad Sidego will attend the opening of the Hope through Action Centre in Groendal, Franschhoek on the 15th of January 2015. This centre has made the dream of changing lives and bringing hope for disadvantaged youth a reality through the construction of this new indoor community sport centre.
The centre will include a synthetic multi-sport pitch, training rooms and spectator seating. Various sports will be accommodated at the centre such as netball, cricket, volleyball and soccer. A similar centre is also operated in Mbekweni Paarl.
The centre was funded by Hope Through Action, a charity in SA and the UK which assists disadvantaged youth to develop life skills such as through sport.
Contact Phil Bland for further information
The mayor of Stellenbosch Municipality, Conrad Sidego, congratulates all matriculants on the results and wish them well for the future.