Cape Town has made it known that it is gearing up for Human Rights Day celebrations.
The city will open the Khayelitsha Oliver Tambo Indoor Sport Centre as part of Human Rights Day celebrations on Wednesday.
The sports centre will serve as a second recreation hub for the people of Khayelitsha and offers a range of sports and activities.
Executive mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille said: “While all public holidays are significant, I believe that Human Rights Day is the day that stands as the true symbol of our nation. It is a powerful act of recognition because the concept of human rights had little currency in the decades before 1994. Its theme is a conflation of our past, present and future”.
On Wednesday, Cape Town will be celebrating the coming together of these themes in Khayelitsha when the sports centre is opened.
“As a centre where people can come together and enjoy their community, the indoor sports centre is a direct physical representation of our drive to create a more caring and inclusive city.
“It is also the synthesis of all that Human Rights Day represents. It acknowledges a community scarred by historical neglect by investing in practical means whereby people can come together so that we can foster social inclusion into the future,” said De Lille.
“As important as this day is, we will honour it and take stock of our efforts, but we will do so with the understanding that the work of building a society of individual dignity and a caring, inclusive city is work that continues all year round,” said de Lille.
The centre forms part of the city’s efforts to revitalise community centres by making them hubs of sustainable and enriching activities.
Cosatu has made it possible for all families to get free access to use the trains to the beach on Human Rights Day. Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich said: “All that is required for the free train trip to the beach is to have one Cosatu pamphlet per family.”