Monday, December 11, 2006

Manenberg celebrates homecoming festival

By Tarryn Le Chat
11 December 2006

A campaign to rid Manenberg of its ghetto image is getting results. Residents say crime is down, their streets are much safer, and more people are starting to take pride in their neighbourhood.

At the weekend thousands of men, women and children celebrated at a Manenberg homecoming festival that included walking and cycling, live music and sports.

Families camped out on pavements as youth bands paraded through the streets. The event — which ended last night — including the switching on of the area’s Christmas lights. It was all part of the Proudly Manenberg Campaign (PMC), launched last year by residents and community groups.

Since the launch in September last year, PMC has given six students’ bursaries and a cleaning project has been launched.

A business summit would be held in February to discuss job creation.

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