News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday September 24th 2017

K’litsha residents welcome football hope centre

Siyabonga Kalipa

Khayelitsha Development Forum chairperson Zamayedwa Sogayise, FIFA head of corporate responsibility Federico Addiechi, 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO Dr Danny Jordaan, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille and Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato at the opening of a Football for Hope centre in Khayelitsha yesterday (subs: Mon). Photo: Siyabonga Kalipa/WCN                               Khayelitsha residents have welcomed the opening of a football development centre in their area, saying they hope it will reduce crime in the township.

The first of 20 Football for Hope centres to be built around Africa was officially opened yesterday morning (25/05/2009) in Khayelitsha.

The centre, which aims to address social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people, consists of a double-storey building where public health services, informal education, office space and common space will be provided. Yesterday’s sod turning ceremony was for a new football pitch at the centre.

The Khayelitsha opening was organised by FIFA along with the 2010 Local Organising Committee; City of Cape Town; Western Cape Province; and the local Football for Hope centre host, an NGO called Grassroot Soccer.

Grassroot Soccer is a South African based non-profit organisation that uses football to educate young people about HIV and Aids.

Amongst the guests at yesterday’s event were Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato, 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO Dr Danny Jordaan and the FIFA head of Corporate Responsibility and the CEO of streetfootballworld – a global football development organisation – Jurgen Greisbeck.

Some residents of Khayelitsha who attended the opening said they were happy about the new centre, even though they had not been invited to the opening and had only because they were curious as to what was going on.

Resident Monica Ngesi said while it was being built, she had wondered what the centre would be for.

“I now see that this is meant for the youth and children of Khayelitsha which is very good. Now our kids will have a place to play at and not have to hang around on street corners. Our area Harare is one of the most dangerous places in Khayelitsha.”

Another resident, Alfred Zoneleni, said he had seen people gathered at the site on Nakanye Road and had gone to find out what was happening.

“I am very happy about this as it will help our kids a great deal and it might reduce the rate of crime.”

City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato said the centre formed part of the city’s regeneration programme for Khayelitsha, which included the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading programme. — West Cape News

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