Field’s clubhouse plans on hold

The Strandfontein sports field clubhouse concept design.

The plan to build a clubhouse on the Strandfontein sports field, which the City of Cape Town used as a homeless camp earlier this year, still needs a budget, a sub-council meeting heard last week.

In April, the City converted the field into an emergency Covid-19 shelter for up to 2 000 homeless people.

At the time, Dr Zahid Badroodien, mayoral committee member for community services and health, promised Strandfontein residents they would get their field back, with an added clubhouse, after the shelter closed.

During the virtual sub-council meeting on Monday November 16, a City official, Zeenat Arieff, said that while the project to restore the field was under way, there was no budget for a clubhouse, and it might only get built in 2023.

“No funding has been allocated for this project,” she said.

According to her presentation, the field’s main irrigation line was completed last month.

The cricket oval and the soccer field should be completed in January next year.

Further restoration work depended on available funding.

Ms Arieff presented a concept design for a clubhouse with a meeting room, change rooms, office space, a security office and additional toilets.

A land-use application process and various planning steps needed to precede the building of the clubhouse, and the Strandfontein Facility Management Committee would need to be consulted on where to site it, she said.

Elton Jansen, councillor for Ward 43 and chairman of Sub-council 23, said the sub-council would set up a meeting, within the month, with the FMC and the ward committee to discuss the plan.