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Safety hubs launched in troubled WC communities

The safe-hub is funded by various government departments and private donors.

Premier Zille has been joined by various officials including Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and Social Development MEC Albert Fritz. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has launched a high-tech recreational and learning facility for young people in Gugulethu and Manenberg.

The facility is named after German Football legend and goalkeeper, Oliver Khan.

The safe hub is funded by various government departments and private donors.

Western Cape premier Helen Zille is in Gugulethu today to launch the Oliver Kahn #YouthSafeHub. MM pic.twitter.com/xPlRP90OP0

It's the third facility of its kind in the country, with hubs in Khayelitsha and Diepsloot in Johannesburg.

Organisers from the Amandla Edu Football Foundation say the Oliver Kahn Safe Hub is aimed at tackling various socio-economic issues prevalent in the two communities.

The newly-constructed facility situated opposite the Nyanga Junction Train Station, includes a soccer pitch, an internet cafe and a learning hub.

It will provide permanent jobs for about 25 people.

Premier Zille has been joined by various officials including Community Safety MEC Dan Plato and Social Development MEC Albert Fritz.

Zille says she believes the facility will play a major role in skills development, academic growth and crime-prevention in the area.