Time ticking for police to decide on a station for Vrygrond on City of Cape Town land
Time is running out for police management to take up an offer of a piece of prime, strategically placed land from the City on which to build a police station for the ever-expanding Vrygrond township on the Cape Flats .
The issue has become even more of a priority for the SJN since the plan to revamp the Muizenberg police station complex was deactivated in 2017.Public Works and Infrastructure Department spokesperson Thamsanqa Mchunu revealed that the Muizenberg project, which was announced with fanfare in 2016, was dropped a year later.
“The police were meant to engage in their own internal processes with regards to the decisions of building of other police stations.“It is the user departments that give procurement instructions, together with budgets, to the department to start the construction of any facility,” said Mchunu.
Asked about whether a police station was still a pressing issue for them, Western Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said the project is still in their sights as a priority, but she was unable to say just when there would be movement as far as building of a police station goes. headtopics.com
However, the SAPS may need to act fast as the land, which was offered by the City back in 2010, has caught the eye of an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre which has approached the City about it.City spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said: “The City’s property management transversal real estate branch is assessing the viability of this suggestion for an ECD on the same spot.
“The property was identified many years ago for a police station, however, SAPS acquired land for that purpose in Mitchells Plain, less than 15km away.”Meanwhile, Mayco member for spatial planning and environment Marian Nieuwoudt said the City currently has no applications submitted for the construction of a police station on the land.
“The zoning of the property is single residential, therefore any application to construct a police station will require an application for rezoning of the land, which will require public participation.”Statistics on Vrygrond posted by local non-profit organisation Sozo Foundation show that despite being only 1.5km in size, it has an estimated 40 000 residents.
“It is known as one of the poorest townships in the Western Cape, with 77% of households having a monthly income of R3 200 or less. Read more: IOL News »
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