The Hub for great things to come

2016-09-22 06:00
 Philippi’s The Hub celebrates a year of activity and future growth PHOTO: The hub

Philippi’s The Hub celebrates a year of activity and future growth PHOTO: The hub

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Etrepreneurs and businesses in the Cape Flats area are enjoying tremendous success since the launch of ‘The Hub’ a mere year ago.

The place used to be an unused cement factory until it was turned into a dynamic business space at the heart of the burgeoning Philippi Village precinct.

Since its official launch in 2015, ‘The Hub’ has fast established its vision by successfully bringing together small companies, NGO’s, entrepreneurs and freelancers.

It actively encourages the formation of new networks and collaborations in the community.

Amor Strauss, General Manager of the Philippi Village said:

“We’re incredibly proud about what we’ve been able to achieve during the last twelve months.

Statistically, we have provided 100 meals on site per day, welcomed 5,721 library users in January 2016 and by June 2016, we created 66 permanent jobs and 284 temporary jobs.

We hosted 15 events, which were attended by over 1000 people, at the conference centre.

we enjoy tremendous support on social media and welcome, on average, about 78 cars on site per day.

The Hub’s popular community library-regarded as a ‘social anchor- is a place where children gather to study, play chess and log on to the internet, where adult learners can come to study and improve their computing skills.

Senior citizens enjoy the space to read local newspapers and do needle work.

The facility also boasts a community meeting room and a training facility for ABET and literacy programmes.

Sixty percent of the Hub’s remaining commercial space is now already occupied by a mixture of tenants whose service offerings support growing enterprises with cash flow management queries, technology requirements, and marketing and legal needs.

Amongst the current tenants are employment accelerator business, Harambee, business support centres such as The Business Place, Business Builders and one-stop IT company and computer training centre Silulo, insurance and debt consolidation companies, a human resource management company.

A LEAP Math’s School and Science Academy, as well as a wide range of other business service provider that seek to allow start-ups the ability to do more commercial work, all exist under one roof.

As an economic development project conceptualised by The Bertha Foundation and the JobsFund, who together invested +R80-million for the construction and development of the Philippi Village Precinct, further plans for the precinct have already been approved.

A private medical facility, as well as an 84-bed hotel, will be built during the next three years.

The hotel is being planned inside the silo buildings of the old factory, and will include a nightclub on its top floor.

The building will also house a conference facility and hotel training school so that students with an interest in the hospitality industry would be able to train there.

Phase two of the Philippi Village ‘container walk’ recently added a further 72 containers to the 54-strong existing ‘walk’ that provides an innovative retail space for local artists and designers, as well as a unique shopping experience for visitors.

In addition to this, an “I am Philippi” initiative, in partnership with Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI), seeks to instill pride and togetherness in the surrounding community by supporting and encouraging creativity, economic change and partnerships.

Future plans for the next couple of months include a free Financial Awareness Workshop hosted by Ndima Yam, a 3-day training programme aimed at female entrepreneurs, the launch of Container Walk phase II. Philippi township has over 500,000 residents.

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