Thursday, May 23, 2013
Minister Mbalula launched outdoor gym in Mitchell’s Plain
23 May 2013
On Wednesday the Minister of sport and recreation Fikile Mbalula along with the deputy Minister of sport and recreation Gert Oosterhuisen, MEC of Cultural Affairs and Sport Dr Ivan Meyer and Councillor Alderman from the City of Cape Town Belinda Walker handed over an outdoor gym in Rocklands Mitchell’s Plain.
Minister Mbalula addressed the crowd saying that they should not allow the surge of drugs and ganstrism to take over.
He also asked them to take care of the gym and allow it to build character and courage in the people of Mitchell’s Plain.
Mbalula explains that as the government they went to Mitchell’s plain to give inspiration to young people and the people of Mitchell’s Plain as a whole.
“We are here and we are saying to you, what we are giving to you is not a privilege it is a right and it belongs to you and you must look after is as a community, this facility belongs to your children, added Mbalula.
Furthermore he said that the community must not give up hope in the fight against drugs and gangsterism.
Minister Mbalula also said that irrespective of colour all are meant to be treated equal and as a government they need to change the lives of the poor and poverty stricken area as these are one of the main reasons young people get caught up in the wave of drugs.
He said we are all Africans that during liberation of South Africa the struggle was lead from Mitchell’s Plain.
Mbalula also encouraged those affected by drugs and said they should not give up on the struggle, hope on their children and allow them to be swallowed by the evil of drugs.
“We are giving this gym to you it belongs to you, you must look after it, it is appropriate, it is in order, it is not a privilege, it is your right, we must continue with this work, ourselves and all spheres of government ,”Mbalula said.
Mitchell’s Plain to get physical
Published: Tuesday, 2013/04/30
MITCHELL’S PLAIN residents will soon be able to work out without going to gym.
An outdoor play park for teens and adults has been proposed for Rocklands.
The vacant piece of land on Southern Cross and Galaxy roads has been identified as a suitable location for the R500000 open-air gym.
This inter-governmental project by local, provincial and national government got a warm reception at a public meeting on Thursday.
However, many people raised concerns about the potential vandalism attached to such a project.
World Outdoor Fitness is believed to be the only company in South Africa that specialises in the design, production and installation of outdoor fitness equipment.
Imelda Neate from World Outdoor Fitness says they have been approached to get this project off the ground.
She says 21 colourful pieces of equipment will be placed on the field.
The durable equipment will be able to resist not only the wear and tear caused by weather, but also vandalism to some degree, Neate says.
The equipment will be made of galvanized steel to prevent it from eroding.
The pipe-into-pipe technology used to assemble the exercise equipment also means it is more difficult to dismantle.
Ward councillor Danny Christians says people need to take care of the equipment once it is installed. “Our biggest fear is vandalism, but if the community took ownership of the outdoor facility, it could quell some of our fears,” he says. “It is our very own people, our neighbours, who take away the opportunities that government creates for the people of Mitchell’s Plain. Our own people are breaking down the recreational facilities we do have.”
Proportional Representative ANC councillor, Jeremia Thuynsma, says only two outdoor gyms will be installed in the province one in Mitchell’s Plain and another in Khayeltisha as part of national government’s plan to build a healthier nation.
People living in other parts of Mitchell’s Plain will have easy access to the facility as it is in close proximity to a bus stop, Thuynsma says.
Photo: LAILA MAJIET
Launch of outdoor gym for Mitchells Plain
20 MAY 2013
The City of Cape Town, as part of our efforts to build a Caring and Inclusive City, has provided a public open space in Galaxy Road, Rocklands in Mitchells Plain, on which the National Department of Sports and Recreation will be donating an outdoor gym.
This site is in close proximity to a bus stop, which means that people from other areas of Mitchells Plain will also have easy access to this facility.
The Outdoor Gym will be officially opened by the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula and the Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape, Dr Ivan Meyer. Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker together with the Ward Councillor, Daniel Christians, will accept this donation on behalf of the City.
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Venue: Galaxy Road, Rocklands, Mitchells Plain
All media are welcome to attend.
Ward Councillor Christians, will be allocating money to ensure that the area is fenced off to prevent vandalism and theft of the 21 pieces of outdoor gym equipment.
“The City is very grateful to the National Department for this donation which will bring great value to the surrounding community. This outdoor gym will promote awareness of the importance of exercise and fitness in reducing illness and obesity, as well as promoting social interaction,” said Councillor Christians.
“We as a City strive to create spaces where communities can pursue active and healthy lifestyles and enjoy the outdoors, as well as spaces where community life can be fostered. This outdoor gym equipment has transformed this piece of land into such a space. We look forward to the positive impact it will have on activity levels in this community, as well as the hours of enjoyment it will bring,” says Alderman Walker.
These 21 pieces of quality gym equipment were made by World Outdoor Fitness, a company which specialises in the design, production and installation of outdoor fitness equipment and are designed to withstand all forms of weather.
Issued by: Integrated Strategic Communication and Branding Department, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Alderman Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 1314 or Cell: 083 629 8031, E-mail: Belinda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Launch of outdoor gym for Mitchells Plain
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