Media release

Launch of Atlantis MPCC as part of Imbizo on 12 October

09 October 2002

9 October 2002

Thousands of Atlantis residents are expected to flock to the Multi-purpose Community Centre (MPCC) in Sherwood Park for the official launch of the centre by the Provincial Minister of Social Services and Poverty Alleviation, Marius Fransman.

The centre serves a population of 110-thousand people, is currently linked to a development project of R80 million that will include the construction of a harbour near the township. The deputy minister of Provincial and Local Government Ntombazana Botha will also attend the launch.

Services such as Early learning, Social Services, Trauma treatment, Poverty alleviation programmes such as small businesss, Senior Citizens' Programmes, Computer centre, Business information centre, training, Youth development and Arts and Cultural activities are provided at the centre.

Government departments that provide service at the MPCC are Department Labour, Education, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Arts and Culture and Tourism. The Department of Home Affairs is in the process of starting to service the centre. It is then clear that government's commitment is for the integration of government service delivery through the MPCC's.

The MPCC is one of the projects of the Department Social Services and Poverty Alleviation. The department is responsible for the roll-out of MPCC's in the Western Cape.

Already the centre has become a place of excellence, where the community takes responsibility for the many challenges of leadership training, poverty, job creation, crime and other social problems. The launch is an important signal along this path of growth. This optimism is reflected in the ownership of the centre by the community.

It also serves as the point where the government and the community can meet at the street level to work together to build our nation.

Trevor Jardine
Tel: 021 421 5070

Julie Mentoor
Tel: 021 572 1872

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS) in partnership with Hartebeeskraal MPCC, Atlantis


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