This was alongside the reopening of the newly renovated 4th Avenue Clinic, which is valued at R35 million.
The facility is a result of a partnership between the City and the non-governmental organisation, Amandla EduFootball and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.
Matongo said the facility is designed to function as a multi-purpose centre underpinned by sport, together with educational, health and enterprise development programmes.
“The Alexandra Safe Hub also has a 40-seater youth centre that includes office space, workshop rooms and a youth café,” said Matongo.
“The facility provides a viable and attractive alternative to the community of Alexandra and surrounding areas, especially the youth, to take up positive developmental activities,”
The launch of the Alexandra Safe Hub, which followed strict Covid-19 safety protocols, was attended by a few community members, local and provincial leaders, as well as partner representatives, who included South Africa’s soccer legend, Lucas Radebe.
In her keynote address MMC for Community Development Margret Arnolds said: “Sport offers a life-line for many youngsters from communities like this where talent and determination exist but opportunities are lacking. For many here, sport is a gateway, an escape from their circumstances,”
She said the facility will put youth and social development & front centre with the intention to hone into soccer and at the same time nurture an array of life-skills.