Through our connection with well-known NGO SAEP, we were introduced to Thandolwethu Educare (an ECD centre) that was started in 2007. Constance, the principal is eager to make extensions and improvements to the centre that provides care for children in Brown’s Farm, Philippi. We realised that they would firstly have to resolve some legal issues regarding the title deeds of the property and also to confirm that the property was structurally sound to allow for the planned additions.
We approached Sutherland Engineering for help and during a site visit it was confirmed that the proposed extensions would be possible. Attorneys Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes has also stepped up to the challenge and is assisting Constance with clarifying land ownership and getting the title deeds registered.Once this is been finalised the building process will be able to start, creating space for more children at Thandolwethu where they can learn and grow in a safe environment.
Ridwan Samodien is a principal that is not afraid of picking up a paint brush or trying his hand at building shelves or tilling floors. Along with staff and volunteers they have worked tirelessly to transform the classrooms at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park into a welcoming space for children to learn.
The task however of upgrading the school is far greater than the school’s budget provides for and through our links with Symphonia, another well-known NGO, we were introduced to Ridwan. The roof at the school is in urgent need of repair and paint before next winter and we were able to introduce them to Conquita Jones from Prominent Paints who donated five tins of 20 litres roof paint for the first phase of the roof upgrade.
Ubuhle bakha ubuhle means ‘beauty builds beauty’
Cape Town is in the midst of a housing crisis and often the people who feel the effects of the crisis most acutely are left out of the solution process. UBU believes in activating community members who live in the most challenging circumstances (informal settlements) to partner with others to build their own homes.
UBU’s pilot location is Sweet Home Farm in Philippi. It is approximately 16,5 ha in size and is home to more than 17 000 people, most of whom are Xhosa speaking.
The vision for communities like Sweet Home Farm is for an iterative development process that incorporates the fundamental aspects of facilitation, design and building of homes for the community, by the community.
This year we will be building a ‘Housing Support Centre’, as encouraged by the City of Cape Town, to serve as a vision marker for the community. The multi-purpose centre will include a gathering space with ancillary spaces (including a
kitchen and toilets), together with office spaces situated within the ‘house type’ that was conceived and designed by the community themselves.
The Property Foundation is committed to assisting UBU with good quality up-cycled building materials to help them complete the Hosing Support Centre.
Rosie Mashale is a dynamic woman who won the Shoprite Checkers Youth Mover Award in 2011 for her lifelong work with orphaned and abandoned Children. Recognising the desperate need for safe accommodation for children who at the age of 18 have to leave her care, the dream of a halfway house was birthed. A safe home for children to complete their schooling and prepare for life on their own.
A property in Schaapkraal, Philippi was bought for this purpose, but needed to be rezoned before the building process could start. We would like to thank Gillian Daniels of Planning Partners and Architects Pike and Riley who alongside TPF attended many meetings with various government stakeholders before the re-zoning was eventually approved.
During that time Paul Boehmke from Argyle Development Corporation provided project management input and Jonathan Edwards from Sutherland assessed the electrical needs on site providing a load schedule. All involved worked on a pro-bono basis adding great value to the project.
The property in Philippi, CT will now be developed to include residential, educational and agricultural components as part of a village setting. Youth who at the age of 18 have to leave care facilities like orphanages but without matric and nowhere to go will be housed here and able to complete their schooling.
We would like to wish Rosie Mashale and her team all the best for 2014 as they continue to positively influencing so many young lives in their care.
The Property Foundation has partnered with New Kidz to provide well managed staff volunteer projects to our members. R+N Master Builders, for their 65th anniversary, sponsored an upgrade at Ons Plek – Siviwe House on Mandela Day.
The plans for the project was:
· Paint the exterior of the home
· Paint the interior of the home
· Paint all doors, door frames & balasade
· Install pigeon holes in the counseling room
· General maintenance i.e. carpentry, plumbing, electrical & general maintenance
· Accessories – bedding, curtains, dining room table & chairs
· New stove; outside bench
What was actually achieved:
· All of the above PLUS
· Painted all their previously grey beds, white
· Decals on the metal cabinets
· Additional shelving in the counseling room
· Stunning murals throughout the Home
· Fold down washing line
· New mattresses on all the beds
· Gift for each child and Carer
· A spring clean
“The faces of the girls when they entered the Home at 5pm on Friday afternoon was priceless and made all the hard work worthwhile. Everyone who helped at the Ons Plek – Siviwe House project did just that. Despite the pouring rain, together YOU were determined to help us complete this project and instill dignity into the lives of these 16 brave girls who have decided to change their past. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to R+N Master Builders for sponsoring this project; all the volunteers and all the suppliers for making this possible.” Hilda De Beer CEO of New Kidz.
The Property Foundation has worked hard to find new premises for School of Hope over the past three years, who was under pressure to move from their premises in Athlone. During 2013 extensive discussions and negotiations was started with the Cape Town Association for the Physically Disabled (APD), another NGO in the immediate vicinity of the school.
During this time DDP Valuers, SAT Quantity Surveyors and Architects Pike & Riley generously provided their professional services and time to the project. A mutually satisfactory agreement could not be reached in time and School of Hope had to look elsewhere. Fortunately they found a wonderful property just in time for the start of the 2014 school year.
The venue is situated in the Waverley Business Park, in Mowbray, Cape Town. A secure environment close to all the major transport infrastructure, including taxi’s, buses, trains and direct access to the N2 highway.
The property has offices, store rooms, two training rooms and a computer room on the ground level as well as two double volume auditoriums that can each seat up to 85 people. On the top floor there are four more offices as well as another three large training rooms that can seat up to 70 people per room.
We would like to wish Laura Collura and her dedicated team at the School of Hope all the best for the future.
In Mfuleni, Afrika Tikkun operates a number of core programmes providing child and family support and health care.
In order to expand services to the Mfuleni Community the construction of an early childhood development centre, multi-purpose hall, media library, sporting facilities and extended office space was recently completed. The Property Foundation provided project management support for the development. In addition, TPF facilitated the introduction of additional funds to the project. The official opening of the centre was held on the 19 July 2012.
New Haven House
QAWC acquired a property with donor funding that needed renovation and development work. The Property Foundation assisted with the project, introducing professionals and donations to the project.
The current dwelling was upgraded to include office space for the QAWC regional office, a boardroom, two accessible bedrooms as well as a Digital Village that provides computer training free of charge to people living with a disability. The Digital Village was officially opened on 29 June 2012.
The final phase of the project will see five universally accessible bedroom / bathroom units built on the property, providing accommodation to paraplegics and quadriplegics currently on their waiting list.
Cornerstone Institute is a private Higher Education Institution offering contact as well as distance learning options to students. Cornerstone is Cape Town based but reaches students throughout South Africa and Africa to develop leaders in all spheres of life, focussing on Leadership, Ethics and Values. The Institute is currently offering certificates, diplomas and post-graduate degrees in a variety of academic disciplines.
With over 40 years training experience in Africa, Cornerstone Institute is internationally recognised for its high standards of excellence. It outgrew its facilities in Lansdown and The Property Foundation took a lead role in identifying and securing campus facilities on their behalf.
Learn to Earn provides training for unemployed individuals from previously disadvantaged communities and currently operate in Khayelitsha, and Hermanus.
Skills training is provided in:
SewingWoodworkBakingBusiness AchieversComputer TrainingHome ManagementLife Skills
Its Business Resource Centre also provides assistance for graduates starting their own businesses, facilitates services, partnerships and focus on developing entrepreneurs.
The Property Foundation recently assisted Learn to Earn in their acquisition of their new head offices in Claremont.