News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday June 20th 2019

German minister impressed with Khayelitsha development

18.04.2012

Dr. Annete Schavan.

German national minister of technology Dr. Annete Schavan arrived in South Africa yesterday on a visit to see how millions of rands donated by her government were spent in Khayelitsha.

After arriving in Cape Town on Monday, Schavan visited the Violence Prevention though Urban Upgrading (VPUU) project in Khayelitsha which has seen paved pedestrian areas, a library, play park and sports field developed as part of the of the initiative.

City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for community services Thandeka Gqada
welcomed Schavan and said she hoped the visit would cement the partnership which saw the German government donating R160 million through the German Development Bank.

Schavan appeared impressed by what the VPUU programme had achieved in Khayelitsha.

Khayelitsha Development Forum manager Bongani Vakele said he was happy that Khayelitsha was collaborating with Germany in trying to improve the lives of residents, but voiced concern that the VPUU programme directors were not communicating with the KDF about the day-to-day running of the programme.

Speaking at the Harare library Schavan said she was “happy and excited that these resources and facilities are kept in this good condition”.

“We are grateful and excited to strengthen the partnership between the two countries.  The development of these facilities in this area has become an example of how the life of ordinary people can be developed though building resources that would be useful for learning,” said Schavan.

Gqada said more than 20 projects in Khayelitsha alone have been completed and more than 150 community based projects have also been implemented to improve community social cohesion.

The VPUU counseling centre had also undertaking over 8000 counseling sessions for victims of gender based violence since 2005.

Implementation of the VPUU programme commenced in 2005 and the German investment via the programme resulted in a significant change within the community of Khayelitsha, to an extent that, according to Gqada, crime has decreased by 37%.

Community member Azola Pama, 30, who was at the Harare library said before the facilities were built as part of the VPUU programme residents used to travel long distances to get to use a library or sports field, “but now they are nearer to our homes thanks to the VPUU programme”. – Sandiso Phaliso

Tags: Azola Pama, Bongani Vakele, Dr. Annete Schavan, Harare library, Khayelitsha Development Forum, Thandeka Gqada, Violence Prevention though Urban Upgrading (VPUU) project, VPUU counseling centre

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