Top: Ny 108/ Klipfontien Road
Left: Ny 1/ Steve Biko Drive
Bottom: Ny 5 and Ny 117
Right: Ny 148
The heritage and history of Hood 7 is fascinating. From captains of industry to the educational core, this is an integral neighbourhood to Gugulethu. With Klipfontein Road as the top border and NY 5 and NY 7 as the base, this hood needs your urgent attention.
This neighbourhood also boasts residents and former residents who have left an enduring legacy. At the forefront must be Membathisi Mdladlana, the former Minister of Labour, who hails from NY 108.
Christmas Tinto, a former struggle icon and Robben Island inmate with Nelson Mandela, has his roots in NY 147. Mr Tinto was one of the first ANC Western Cape members of our new democracy’s the Senate from 1994 to 1996. In 2005 he was awarded the Order of Luthuli in Silver by President Thabo Mbeki for his contribution to the liberation struggle. A proud son of Gugulethu indeed.
While the educational core starts on NY 144 with the Bongani Primary School, the Uluntu Recource Centre is also to be found in this hood. This centre features in many facets of Gugs life, including as a place where people used to have their hair cut, to play games or even practice arts and crafts. One could also stumble across the Uluntu Creche with a doctor, dentist, and optometrists in attendance. The Uluntu Centre is in the process of being renovated into the Lifestyle Centre.
For those more sporty, two proud soccer clubs hail from Hood 7 – Mates Football Club from NY 148, and City Lads from NY 147. This Hood also boasts new ‘Subsidy houses’- referred to as such because many public servants, like teachers, nurses, policemen reside here. They are to be founded between NY 108 and NY 144.
The Gugulethu Library is also in this hood, as is the cementry. A rich history indeed, and we can’t wait to see what you name this neighbourhood.