The Infrastructure Projects intiative is relatively new and - by definition - take a long time to grow from inspiration to inauguration.
Infrastructure Projects are also expensive - often requiring multi-stakeholder involvement and multi-layer financing.
Projects like - for example the upgrading of the bathrooms at various schools - make a tremendous difference in the lives of the young people who use those bathrooms every day, but before any infrastructure project is initiated, The WRC team (Piet Postema), makes sure that it will be handed over to an institution who has to demonstrate that they are committed to the upkeep and maintenance.
Capt Piet Postema with Headmaster Charles Marthinusen of Atlantis Secondary School. The upgrading of the facilities was made possible through a partnership between RC’s Shepherdstown and Waterfront and the WC Education Department.
The Minister for Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, with Nigel Brown of the Waterfront Rotary club (D9350), holding plaques commemorating upgrades to the water & sanitation facilities at Proteus Technical High and Atlantis Secondary School in 2016, jointly undertaken by Waterfront club and the Western Cape Department of Education and generously funded by Etobicoke club in D7070 and Shepherdstown club/Ezekiel's Place in D7360. She congratulated Rotary for it's commitment to helping education in the Western Cape."
The Rotary Glencairn Youth Camp – a 25 year+ partnership project between WRC and Cape Town RC – has recently been assisted by members of Waterfront RC to instal a rainwater harvestesting and purification system for the Happy Haven Hostel kitchen and ablution facilities. The system features ultra-low energy, super filtration and ultraviolet sterilization.
Drone view of the 50 bed Happy Haven Hostel.
Piet Postema inspecting 4 of the new 5,000 litre rainwater storage tanks.
One of the extra low energy water pumps.
Rahmaniyeh Primary School, one of our Early Act and Library Project, is receiving a much needed upgrade by the Department of Education. Depending on the extent of their works we have set aside monies to improve the schools ablutions.
Northern Cape Communications network is a project based on Telkom’s copper wires having been stolen on so many occasions that they are no longer providing a service to large portions of this region. We are exploring wireless voice over data facilities in the remote areas.
The garage and playroom extension is complete. “Alicia’s Dream” has become a reality and she shares her pleasure with Lionel, a Rotary member of the Home’s Management Committee.
Alicia and staff member Rene Williams in front of the garage entrance doors. The extended meeting room is constantly in use as a training room. That’s wonderful news.
Builders are making great progress with the garage and playroom extension. The roof is up, ceilings installed, internal plastering is complete and final finishes to come.