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The DA in the Western Cape is pleased that the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport has allocated R1.6 million to seven (7) municipalities in the Province to support their sports facilities. The cheques were handed over on Tuesday by the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.

The Mayors of Drakenstein, Cape Agulhas, Laingsburg, George, Saldanha Bay, Theewaterskloof and Witzenberg, each received their share at an event held at the Minister’s office in Cape Town.

I commend the Minister and her Department for ensuring that Municipalities are now in a position to assist with the development of young people through sports, as they are now able to improve their facilities. This once again confirms the DA-led government’s commitment to giving residents, especially in our rural areas, access to facilities that have all the necessary resources.

The R1.6 million has been allocated as follows:

Drakenstein – R228 000,
Cape Agulhas – R108 000,
Laingsburg – R108 000,
George – R228 000,
Saldanha Bay – R228 000,
Theewaterskloof – R401 000; and
Witzenberg – R300 000.

In light of the province’s current water scarcity, the Cape Winelands, Overberg, Central Karoo, Eden, and the West Coast District Municipalities will each receive an additional R108 000 to drill boreholes. These amounts, which form part of the R1.6 million, will allow municipalities to preserve sports fields and implement infrastructure to harvest rain water.

In July 2017, the Municipalities of Breede Valley, Mossel Bay and Overstrand received a combined figure of R1.4 million to also improve their infrastructure.

As the DA in the Western Cape we remain committed to providing our residents with quality sporting facilities in our efforts to uplift the lives of our people where we govern.

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