Vandalism at City of Cape Town facilities cost millions to repair

There have been 113 incidents of vandalism at community facilities in the city in the past month. According to the City of Cape Town, it has cost an estimated 2.5 million rand to fix these vandalised facilities.

Apparently items do not get stolen in these facilities – the perpetrators merely break equipment or strip fixtures to them.

The City has taken note of some common areas which have seen vandalism, which include the Parkwood Sports Complex, the communal swimming pool in Philippi, and the Durbanville Sports Ground.

To tell us more about the vandalism of community facilities in the past month, Kieno spoke by Alderman Belinda Walker, the Mayco member for Community Services and Special Projects in the City of Cape Town.

Only R1 out of every R3 of the budget, which is earmarked for the installation of new sanitation services can actually be spent on installing new services.

Geordin Hill-Lewis, DA Constituency MP

The City of Cape Town spends upwards of R80-million a year to repair or replace vandalised and stolen basic services. Earlier this month, vandals also hit Parow Industria, stealing R1 million worth of items.

In addition, R116 million was spent in the last financial year (2013/14) on operational security costs, to prevent vandalism.


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