Children in Brandwag, Kuilsriver will have to wait another two years, for their playpark in Van Wyk Street to be repaired.
According to the City, they assessed the condition of the play park in 2017 already and found it to be in need of an upgrade.
However, cost estimated and motivation for the resources to do the necessary upgrades will only be considered in the 2020/21 financial year, according to Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien.
As to why this park has been neglected for so many years, Badroodien could not say.
According to residents, the park has not been repaired in 15 years.
He also denied that taxpayers money was wasted when the City recently sent workers to paint the broken play equipment, some-thing that left locals baffled.
“Our children were so excited when the trucks pulled up to the park, thinking their play equipment was finally going to be fixed,” says resident Jaco Nel.
But their excitement was short lived when workers only gave the broken equipment a new lick of paint and left again.
Residents were left wondering why taxpayers’ money were wasted on painting broken equipment.
In an initial response to TygerBurger, on 6 February, Badroodien explained, that the broken wooden equipment, that serves no purpose and would be removed at a later stage, was painted in error along with the metal equipment.
“On inspection of the apparatus at Van Wyk Street, old wooden equipment was found, which serves no purpose. It was agreed that the wooden equipment would be removed but, in the interim, the team that was painting the metal equipment mistakenly also painted the wooden apparatus,” he said.
No explanation was given as to why the broken metal equipment, a see-saw, was also only painted and not repaired.
In a second response to TygerBurger, received on 26 February, Badroodien stated that the see-saw was identified and scheduled for onsite repairs on the day that the equipment was painted.
“But whilst trying to repair it on site, the bearings were assessed to be unsafe and the equipment was then removed for repairs offsite on Monday, 25 February 2019. Equipment is often repaired on site, unless it is deemed to be a safety risk in which case it must be removed and repaired elsewhere. Once operational, the seesaw will be returned - repaired and painted,” he said.
He added that the painting of play equipment is part of the general maintenance plan of the Recreation and Parks Department.
“We normally paint our play equipment once in a two-year period as part of our maintenance routine. We appreciate that the concern is about spending funds on painting broken equipment. However, it is important to note that this is not wasteful expenditure,” he said.
According to him, the repainting was done as part of the ongoing maintenance plan for existing equipment in the area.
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