George receives R800k from PGWC Sport

The Western Cape Minister for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports (DCAS), Ms Anroux Marais presented George Municipality with an R 800 000 ceremonial cheque for the development and installation of steel structure pavilions for the Thembalethu and Touwsranten sports fields during a special handover ceremony that took place at the George Municipality on Tuesday, 17 May 2022. 

Minister Anroux Marais says this contribution will certainly add value to sport, tourism, and the economy of George.

George Municipality is one of three municipalities whose applications for funding from DCAS were granted. Minister Marais officially handed over the cheque to the executive mayor of George, Ald Leon van Wyk and said that the R 800 000 that has been awarded to George will be split in half. “The R 400 000 is for the Thembalethu Sports field pavilion and another R 400 000 for the Touwsranten sports field.” 

FLTR: Dr Michele Gratz (Municipal Manager for George Municipality), Ald Leon van Wyk (Executive Mayor of George), Minister Anroux Marais (Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport), Portfolio Councillor Brendon Adams (Community Services: Social Services, Social Development, Libraries & Sport), and Dr Lyndon Bouah (Chief Director for Sport and Recreation in the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport)

“I am delighted to be in the beautiful town of George handing over this cheque. George is fast becoming popular with sports tourism events, and this contribution from the DCAS will certainly add value to sport, tourism, and the economy of George. I hope that the spectators from Thembalethu and Touwsranten will own and take care of these facilities for their communities and the future.

Receiving the cheque on behalf of George, Mayor van Wyk said: “We are extremely grateful for this funding, I’m happy that we also discussed various sporting engagements and events that can be facilitated between ourselves (George) and the DCAS. This will help us enormously, both in the development of sport for George as well as the tourism spin-offs.”

Lyndon Bouah Chief Director for Sport and Recreation in the DCAS explained the allocation criteria of the fund. “The Provincial Government allocates these funds based on received applications from the various municipalities in the Western Cape. The annual application process takes place between July and September, the Department would then award three applicants to share the fund of about R 2 million for sports infrastructure upgrade or development. We would like to congratulate George Municipality, as they applied last year, we subsequently considered their application and signed off the R 800 000.

Amongst the attendees of the handover were the Portfolio Councillor for Community Services: Social Development, Libraries & Sport Cllr. Brendon Adams, senior management of the George Municipality, officials from DCAS, Eden Sport Council and Eden Netball representatives

CAPTION: Front row (FLTR): Dr Lyndon Bouah (Chief Director for Sport and Recreation in the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport), Dr Michele Gratz (Municipal Manager for George Municipality), Ald Leon van Wyk (Executive Mayor of George), Minister Anroux Marais (Western Cape Minister for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport), Portfolio Councillor Brendon Adams (Community Services: Social Services, Social Development, Libraries & Sport) and Zelda van Staden (Eden Sport Council).
Back row (FLTR): Jean Neethling (Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport), Jeanetta Rhode (Eden Netball), Allen Paulse (Director: Community Services for George Municipality), Kevin Malan (Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport), Nicolette Pietersen (Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport), Dyllon van der Rheede (Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport), Granville Campher (Manager: Sport Development for George Municipality) and Dirk van der Westhuizen (Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport)

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