Minister Simmers to hand over Sibanye open space and play area | Western Cape Government


Minister Simmers to hand over Sibanye open space and play area

28 September 2021

On Tuesday, 28 September 2021, Western Cape Minister of Human Settlements, Tertuis Simmers will hand over the Sibanye Open Space and Play area, at the Sibanye Informal Settlement in Morreesburg, Swartland Municipality.

The handover will be done in partnership with the Swartland Municipality and the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Community Resource Centre (CORC).

CORC was appointed by the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements(WCDoHS) in 2018, as part of the NGO Framework Agreement, to conduct skills training and capacity-building, community-based planning and enumeration in the Sibanye informal settlement. The project which concluded in 2019, was valued at just over R 1 million. The strong relationship which was formed with the community led to CORC funding the Play Park, without utilising any provincial funds. Swartland Municipality will be responsible for the maintenance of the park.

Minister Simmers said: “This clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when the different spheres of government, the NGO sector and the broader society work together to ensure that spaces and places are improved, so that the community can optimally benefit. As the Western Cape Government we’re delighted to have partners such as CORC that are willing to go the extra mile in serving our communities. I am looking forward to unveiling the Sibanye Open Space and Play area, as it will further enhance the area”.

The Sibanye Informal Settlement is testament to the ideals promoted by the Informal Settlement Support Programme (ISSP), as it relates to all 3 of the Strategic Objectives:

  1. Upgrade settlements through access to land, services, public infrastructure and incremental housing opportunities;
  2. Enhanced quality of life and active citizenship; and
  3. Strengthened sector capability, governance and resources. 

There will be an opportunity for interviews and photographs.



Date: Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Venue/Meeting Point: Sibanye Open Space and Park, Sibanye Informal Settlement, Morreesburg.

Media Enquiries: 

Marcellino Martin
Spokesperson for Minister Tertuis Simmers
Tel: 021 483 3397
Mobile: 082 721 3362


Nathan Adriaanse
Director Communication & Stakeholder Relations
Tell: 021 483 2868
Mobile: 083 2631720