The Amelia Recreational Park in Sasolburg has been hailed as one of its kind and has had the community of Ward 19 waiting for its hand-over scheduled for the month of July 2017.
Implemented through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Sasol Oil and Rand Water playing a significant role in its implementation, the park’s hand-over to the Amelia Community is eagerly awaited by the young and old in the area. The park boasts amenities like: dual durable court for netball, hockey, a volleyball court, a six-aside soccer yard, braai area, play area for the kids, colourful covered resting stations, ablution facilities, change rooms and a storeroom.
Leading a Government delegation on 20 June 2017 within the PPP theme of the implementation of the park, MEC Dora Kotzee, assured Ward Councillor Alex Mare, that the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure will commit to making sure that the area is clean through the deployment of EPWP Cleaning and Greening participants.
The park also boasts fitness apparatus that are suitable and built for the outdoor environment. These apparatus will serve as a way of providing a free service to the community of Amelia and a new way to make physical activity accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Apart from promoting social interaction and cohesion the park will also strengthen safety and security as parents in the community will be assured of the safety of their children. “We, the community of Amelia are excited and quite pleased by the creation of this park, as it will address a lot of issues such as bringing the community together and acting as a place of safety for our kids,” said Councillor Mare of Ward 19.
MEC Kotzee emphasised that job creation is still a priority and that the recreational park will contribute towards reducing unemployment through the EPWP Cleaning and Greening programme. “The delivery of this park is a result of our clarion call as a Department through our 2017/2018 policy statement that the Cleaning and Greening Programme under the EPWP aims to provide an income safety-net and provision of work opportunities targeting the unemployed, to the most vulnerable communities of our province including Sasolburg,” said MEC Kotzee.
MEC for Public Works and Infrastructure, Dora Kotzee at the outdoor fitness park in Sasolburg.