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In today’s Cultural Affairs and Sports committee, it was revealed that they have invested R171.264 million in upgrading and building of new library facilities to improve community library services, particularly in rural areas. The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports (DCAS) presented their 2017/2018 Annual Report to the relevant standing committee.

The department also revealed that more than half of all low fee and no fee schools benefit from the After School Game Changer programme and that all new libraries built during the year under review have been in rural areas across the Western Cape. The After School Game changer reaped positive rewards after recording an impressive participation of over 72 043 learners, an 85% target success rate.

In supporting the programme, the department allocated R52.707 million for the Mass Participation and Sports Development Grant. Furthermore, in a recent survey, 82% of learners participating in the programme, indicated feeling safe or as safer than they would at home in the After School environment.

Furthermore, the department played vital role in creating youth employment opportunities through an incentive grant of R3.237 million from the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

Under the sound leadership of Minister Anroux Marais, the department once again achieved a clean audit opinion from the Auditor-General and managed to spend its budget efficiently, accounting for all its financial resources to the very last penny.

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape remains committed to creating a socially inclusive, creative and active province by using cultural affairs and sports as a tool to foster social cohesion, talent and skills development.

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