The invasion of a sports field by local residents who turned it into a dumping site forced Du Noon’s football clubs to cross the N7 to practice on an open field where they erected planks to form goal posts.
The 19 Du Noon clubs have to play their league home games on the makeshift field.
The City of Cape Town is spending R2 million to upgrade the original Du Noon sports fields which had been turned into a dump site.
The new facilities will include a soccer field, cricket pitch, netball and basketball courts and new club house announced Community Services Mayoral Committee Member Tandeka Gqada on Monday.
“This upgraded facility will benefit the community of Dunoon enormously, both with recreational and formal sporting activities. It can also serve as a site for community events,” said Gqada.
Similarly, new sports facilities are being provided for Hout Bay’s Imizamo Yethu township where football clubs were also forced to make use of grounds not zoned for community sports activities.
The Imizamo Yethu sports fields would cost R5 million.
Gqada said the Imizamo Yethu sports complex would boast two sports fields and ablution facilities.
The Du Noon Local Football Club (DLFC), an affiliate of the South African Football Association (SAFA), and Imizamo Yethu residents have welcomed the City’s initiative to provide them with sports facilities.
DLFC chair Amos Siwayi said they had been complaining to the City about the lack of a proper sports field in Du Noon for the past four years, ever since residents had started dumping rubble on the old sports field near Sophakama Primary School.
He said the lack of proper sports fields not only endangered residents who crossed the N7 to access open ground but they often had to reschedule league matches.
He said football clubs from affluent areas refused to play against them on their home fixtures because they lacked a proper field.
“The new football pitch will bridge the gap between Du Noon and affluent suburbs,” he said.
Additionally he said since the DLFC was a SAFA affiliate they would be able to host Coca Cola league games.
In Imizamo Yethu, community leader Malibongwe Gqoboka also welcomed the City’s efforts to provide them a decent sports complex saying that with the population ballooning in the township, a lot of youths were being arrested for house breaking and robbery because they were idle and not involved in sporting or recreational activities.
“They have a lot of time to plan their silly things,” he said in referring to the township youths.
“The City’s sports field come at a time when it is really needed.”
Proper sports facilities would also allow young people to “chase their dreams of being one of the sporting heroes of this country”.
Gqada said the Du Noon facilities should be completed by the end of September and the Imizamo Yethu facilities should be completed by the end of October. — Peter Luhanga