Design faculty gets off the ground

2019-07-23 06:25
Volunteer Saul Berman, is flanked by head boy Dillon Sibanda and his deputy Tebogo Faas.

Volunteer Saul Berman, is flanked by head boy Dillon Sibanda and his deputy Tebogo Faas.

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After almost two years of planning and preparation, building has commenced on phase 1 of the Engineering and Design Faculty at Wynberg Boys’ High School.

The project is to be completed in two phases, with completion of phase 1 scheduled for the end of this year. Phase 2 is the larger section of the project and they hope to start construction on this phase in January 2020 with the scheduled completion of the entire project being December 2020.

School principal Jan de Waal says they are excited that something that started as a concept is soon becoming a reality.

“We are very excited to be seeing the development two years later,” says De Waal. They want it to serve as a pilot and be an example to other schools.

“The big thing we need to be looking at is to equip our learners if we want them to be ready to face the 21st century challenges,” he says.

De Waal adds that they are extremely proud that all funding has been donated and does not affect school fees. “To date, we have received pledges totalling 65% of the total R32m project cost, with sufficient funding already deposited to complete phase 1. Many of our generous donors have further pledged additional funding towards the project that is to be paid to us in 2020. These funds will be used to finance the construction of phase 2. We are, however, still seeking additional funding to complete this phase,” he says.

The school’s fundraising team is exploring several promising potential funding opportunities but any assistance, leads or suggestions to enable them to raise the shortfall will be greatly appreciated.

De Waal continues to say that one of the most exciting aspects of the project is the high number of Wynberg families members who have stepped forward and offered their professional expertise, often at highly discounted fees or pro bono.

“This has enabled us to appoint a highly competent group of professionals at a very reasonable cost. Everyone that has associations with the school came in to help which is really nice.

“We all had to do this for our learners to give them the skills and this is vital for the future. For them to be able to cope with the ever-evolving world and the demands of the future, we had to get this going. We are excited that phase one has started,” he says.V As the project continues and the need arises, other professionals will be appointed and should you wish to be involved, please contact Jan de Waal by emailing jdewaal@wbhs.org.za.

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