Jumping for joy as new play area opens

More than a dozen eager children could barely wait to try out the new play equipment that was installed in an open space on the corner of Swartdam Road & Mbeki Drive and another opposite the Provincial Hospital on Monday, 30 May.

“Installing playpark equipment is part of the Municipality’s commitment to creating open spaces where all children can play in safety,” Lauren Rainbird, Overstrand Municipality’s horticulturalist said. “Play equipment helps children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, all while having fun”, she added.

Playpark equipment, consisting of a variety of components such as swings, slides, jungle gyms and even a fire brigade have been installed at a.cost of R49 500 (Ward 12) and R43 000 (Ward 4).
Both these play parks were funded from money allocated to ward specific projects. Ward projects are often drawn from a “wish-list”.


The wish list is compiled throughout the year and includes all projects and suggestions received from residents.

Each ward is provided with a budget of R400 000 per financial year for allocation to ward specific projects.

Child protection week

The timeous installation of playpark equipment in two of our Wards, form part of Child Protection Week (29 May – June). The aim is to focus on the protection and care of our children. The theme this year is “Let us all protect children to move South Africa forward”.

The following focus areas have been highlighted:

  • Child protection
  • Bullying
  • Child exploitation
  • Online exploitation and bullying
  • Child and youth headed households

Western Cape Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, has encouraged communities to build strong family units and report any abuse or negligence of children to our any of offices, or contact the Department of Social Development’s (DSD) Hotline on 0800 220 250.

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