As South Africa battles a growing obesity problem, Soshanguve Block M outside Pretoria has welcomed a new park that may help get community members outdoors and exercising.
The once parched piece of land is now green with newly installed grass complete with benches and playground equipment.
Edward Maubane, 18, said he was happy that the park would give his siblings a safe place to play.
“I feel happy that part of the park is finished and it’s being used by the community,” Maubane told OurHealth. “At least I know where to find my siblings when I need them because they like playing there after school.”
Community Policing Forum member Frans Petja added that he is relieved that the park has replaced what was once a crime-ridden veld.