A new dawn for college

2019-04-16 06:00
An architectural render of what the institution will look like when it has been built.

An architectural render of what the institution will look like when it has been built.

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Prayers of Mitchell’s Plain community and surrounding areas have been answered as measures have been put in place to construct a brand-new college which is expected to be completed in December 2021. An elated acting principal, Karin Hendricks of False Bay College informed People’s Post last Thursday, 11 April.

The highly anticipated and much-needed educational facility will serve all areas of Mitchell’s Plain and even Khayelitsha, but as things stand, there is no certainty as to when the construction will begin.

“At this stage, we are not sure when the construction will start and this will form part of the planning stage,” Hendricks explained.

She also stated that the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has allocated R383m for the construction of, according to her, a world class campus.

In an effort to prevent the residents, who will benefit from the much-anticipated facility, from being anxious, Hendricks stated that the construction could take up to two years to be complete.

That is the entire construction of the infrastructure which they hope will be completed by the end of 2021.

False Bay College has been in existence for the past 15 years. Although the primary and high school premises were used, students still graduated. Completion of this institution will provide much-needed relief to more than 400 students who have been incurring exorbitant travel costs in a quest to access education.

“The City of Cape Town has in principle agreed to make a 6.5 hectares of vacant land, Erf 48076, which is located at 1 Birkenhead Drive in Strandfontein, available to the college for the establishment of the new campus,” she said.

The college she described is what the community has been in need of for quite some time and it will be at the heart of where it is needed the most.

Tackling the specifics of the structure, she gave an outline in which the facility will be built.

“In terms of the scope of the proposed site, the footprint is a 40 classroom block, workshop block, safety in society parade ground, an obstacle course, an ECD centre, SIM, a fully-fledged ICT Academy, a Creative Arts and Media centre, Open Learning Centre, 1400 seater hall, resource centre, a student cafeteria and an amphitheatre,” she explained.

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