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Directly or otherwise, recreation spaces in the Modimolle township of Phagameng were being tidied up following queries from your favourite newspaper.
Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden confirmed that she had reported to the administration that several of the recreational spaces were choking from weeds and grass.
Community Work Programme (CWP) moved in to remove the weeds since Thurday 5 April, this apparently following the personal intervention of the mayor, who herself was responding to queries from The BEAT.
Prior to this, an investigation by The BEAT had established that parts of the Mandela section recreation park and netball/volleyball courts were overwhelmed by weeds and grass.
Recreational facilities such as the swing children love so much, and also the grandstands at the sport courts had gone missing, making it almost impossible for locals to make use of these facilities.
There was almost the same challenge at Phagameng Sports Grounds.
The situation here has become of concern to parents with no perimeter fencing.
Also of concern was electricity cables and a street lamp which had fallen across the terrain, posing the real danger of kids being exposed to live cables.
At the time van Staden lamented the lack of proper machinery and adequate funds.
“We are calling on residents to protect municipal assets at all times, because they also belong to the community. Money that is spent on maintenance or replacement of old things is money wasted, because that money could have been used for new products or infrastructure development,” she said.
She said stealing of municipal cables, transformers or other electrical equipment affects the community negatively, as it may result in loss of income for the municipality.
“We must work together to avoid it, and to look after municipal assets like we look after our own assets,” she added.
14 days ago 12 April 2018