Children from Manenberg and Gugulethu have a new safe place to learn and play.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille yesterday launched a youth safe hub for the Gugulethu/Manenberg area, only the third of its kind in South Africa. The other two hubs are in Diepsloot and Khayelitsha.
The new hub has been named after one of the Western Cape Government’s major NGO partners, retired German footballer Oliver Kahn.
The German footie star could not be present yesterday but sent his best wishes via a video.
Zille says the main aim of the safe hub, which is located at Intshukumo Secondary, opposite the Nyanga train station, is to get young people off the streets and out of the clutches of gangsterism and drugs, and open their vision to new worlds.
“We want young people to have safe, after-school spaces for learning and personal development. This is especially important in crime-affected communities where there are many negative influences on the streets,” says Zille.
The Youth Lifestyle Campus development is about access to opportunity for thousands of young people in the surrounding communities.”
Besides a community college which offers accredited courses, Zille expects about 2500 young people to benefit from life skill programmes, academic tutoring and an internet youth café, among other facilities.
There’s also a Psychological Support Centre, where youth in need will receive trauma counselling, drug rehabilitation, family planning support and much more.
The hub has a brand-new soccer pitch which already has a night league running on Friday and Saturday evenings.
There’s also space for small businesses, where start-ups and young entrepreneurs can grow their enterprises.
Speaking about the success of the safe hub in Khayelitsha, Zille says their research has shown that crime has decreased by 44 percent within close proximity of the hub.
Zille says: “We hope the same can come from this hub, as this will be one of many we want to launch within the Western Cape.
“After-schools programmes are a game changer for our government.
“Our aim is to have 112 000 learners from no fee schools accessing quality after-schools programmes, in safe spaces, by 2019.”