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City turns sod for Manenberg Intergrated Park as part of R74 m investment<span><div class="notification with-heading dark-copy pink bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info note">​​</i> </div><div class="desc"><h4>Note to editors:</h4><p> <b></b>the below is an extract from a speech by City of Cape Town Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the sod-turning for the Manenberg Integrated Park today, 3 April 2017. .</p></div></div>​</span>Good morning, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaam alaikum, shalom.<br><p>I am very excited to be here with you today because I believe that today marks the start of a new chapter in Manenberg. </p><p>It is a new beginning for the people of Manenberg.</p><p>It also signals the success of the partnership between the people of Manenberg and government. </p><p>We were here about 18 months ago with the Western Cape Government when we announced that we had a new vision for this area. </p><p>Manenberg was identified as one of the areas to be part of the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme because we felt the need for urgent redress here. </p><p>Now that we are in a second term, we are getting on with delivering on the promises that we made to this community. </p><p>As part of the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, we are prioritising addressing the legacy of apartheid spatial planning. </p><p>Our transformational priorities include resource efficiency and security, and building integrated communities.</p><p>That is what we are doing here today. </p><p>Our history resulted in people of colour being dumped here, with complete disregard for which infrastructure they needed. </p><p>And so, when we decided that we must intervene, we also decided that unlike in the past, we were going to take the lead of the people. </p><p>I want to thank the steering committee, under the leadership of Mr Jonathan Jansen, for all the work that they have put into this plan. </p><p>I had a meeting with them recently and it was so inspirational to listen to the dreams and plans that they have to transform Manenberg.</p><p>Through their work and consultation, we are here today to make some of those dreams a reality. </p><p>The Manenberg Integrated Park project is aimed at upgrading Marico Park and linking it to the Greens sports fields.</p><p>The plan also includes developing a play park adjacent to the fields to facilitate safety and movement and to promote inclusive family recreation.</p><p>The project involves three areas of development. </p><p>The interventions are focused on accommodating family recreation and youth development within an integrated and multipurpose precinct. </p><p>The first objective is the upgrade of Marico Park – an existing park adjacent to the Manenberg Swimming Pool.</p><p>The second objective is that the two sites will be connected by a pedestrian walkway, with trees and lighting.</p><p>Thirdly, it includes the development of an informal recreation area within the existing recreational facility, the Greens. </p><p>The integrated facility will include: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">passive recreation areas with large trees to provide shade for the grassed areas where visitors can picnic and relax</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">seating for spectators watching games</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">play parks with custom-designed play structures that provide challenges and excitement for a range of age groups</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">areas with outdoor exercise zones, equipment, and multipurpose courts for informal ball games to promote active recreation</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">a custom-designed track and multipurpose play area in the park</div></li></ul><p>The City of Cape Town has set aside R15,7 million for this project and work is expected to be complete by July 2018.</p><p>This is part of a more than R73,9 million investment that has been made in Manenberg through the Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme thus far. </p><p>Some capital projects include: </p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Floodlights on the Manenberg field for R4 million</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Elsieskraal park upgrade at a cost of R3,4 million</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Sport facilities worth R10 million </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Reconstruction of concrete roads at a cost of R19 million </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Non-motorised transport projects to the value of R18 million </div></li></ul><p>Other operational investment highlights include:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Canal upgrades: R600 000</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Expanded Public Works Programme sporting hubs: R300 000</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Safety Lab stabilisation: R3,25 million</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Early Childhood Development – revitalisation of structures: R100 000</div></li></ul><p>I want to make an appeal to all community members to be our eyes and ears here on the ground.</p><p>Please let us know urgently if you suspect that there is any delay in the construction process. </p><p>If you don’t see things progressing as they should, let us know so that we can intervene sooner rather than later. </p><p>I am looking forward to the continued relationship with the steering committee and the officials assigned to this project. </p><p>I also look forward to us all returning in July 2018 when we will be celebrating the completion of the Manenberg Integrated Park.</p><p>I thank you.</p><p>God bless. </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slide="1" data-slides="3" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>                   <strong>Marico Park</strong></p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>                <strong>Marico Park</strong></p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>                <strong>Marico Park</strong></p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon 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