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Pelikaan Park almost ready

Many sport fields in the Drakenstein have increasingly come under the spotlight as various sport teams struggle to find appropriate facilities.

Members of the public told Paarl Post of their concerns that there had not been any communication between various sport clubs regarding the completion of the planned phases of Pelikaan Park, a flagship stadium in Wellington.

As Paarl Post has also previously published, Pelikaan Park is one of many sport fields which was in dire need of funds for maintenance and improvement.

However, Gerald Esau of the Drakenstein Municipality, has said that the project is up to date and will be completed in April. It is also expected that construction will go into the second phase during the next financial year.

The first phase of the works included the construction of a new boundary wall, ticket office, meeting rooms, public ablutions and shaded pavilions. The additional work includes the upgrade of the playing surface.

The field is especially used by rugby teams such as Roses United and Hillcrest United.

Esau said that monthly meetings were held between Drakenstein Municipality, the Sports Forum and various other clubs.

“Alternative venues have been made available to the respective clubs using the facilities,” he said.

Ou Tuin

Regarding the transfer of the Ou Tuin in Breda Street, which is still used by La Rochelle Girls’ High School as a hockey field, Esau said there is no update at this point in time regarding the consultation process.

He added that the Drakenstein Municipality works on a first come first serve basis and that the municipality is not a party to the lease of Ou Tuin to La Rochelle.

The exchange of the 1,1 hectares of land for more than 20 ha of land belonging to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) was previously approved in principle.

La Rochelle’s hockey field woes have been highlighted over the past few years, after the ownership of the land was handed back to the Muslim community.

The community was removed from this land, known as the Ou Tuin, under the Group Areas Act of the apartheid era. The land was then taken over by the government and handed to La Rochelle to be used as a sports field.

But, after a land claims battle, the court has returned the land to the original owners.

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