Help an iconic Port Shepstone landmark receive a major facelift

2018-06-21 06:01
Board members of the Port Shepstone Andhra Sabha (from left), Johnny Rajoo, Paul Appalsamy and Indrani Moodley. PHOTO: omega moagi

Board members of the Port Shepstone Andhra Sabha (from left), Johnny Rajoo, Paul Appalsamy and Indrani Moodley. PHOTO: omega moagi

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THE Andhra Sabha community of Port Shepstone launched an initiative to renovate historic community institution, the Andhra Hall and Temple, situated in Albersville, on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch, members of the institution’s board said that, while the hall was an essential body in the Port Shepstone community as a whole, it had dilapidated over the years and was in need of an urgent revamp.

The building, which hosts numerous community events including funerals, weddings school concerts and the like, carries a rich history after being built in 1968 following an initiative by the Andhra Sabha community which was established in South Africa in 1955.

According to spokesperson Johnny Rajoo, the institution was built by community members from low income backgrounds who dedicated their time and effort into the community project.

Rajoo called on the current generation to emulate the noble acts of their forefathers and come together for the betterment of the iconic landmark.

“The Andhra Sabha has been promoting unity and cohesion in all its activities and has played host to numerous AGMs, functions, invited speakers and religious leaders from across all religious denominations,” said Rajoo.

“It has, over the years, survived through the goodwill of many sponsors, donors and hiring fees and has taken the load off of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality by making it accessible to the public,” he said.

The revamp, estimated to cost approximately R5 million, will see upgrades to both the temple and the hall and includes the addition and renovation of facilities like parking lots, kitchen, toilets facilities, a resource centre, some paintwork, plumbing as well as a redesign of the roofing among other upgrades.

Assistance is thus sought from any organisations, individuals, businesses and government departments to make the initiative possible.

A series of fund-raising initiatives will be conducted for the project specifically.

“The Andhra Sabha has produced many affluent stakeholders in society now living in various places all over the world. We are now calling on all those people to come together in aid of the institution so that we may continue the legacy of those humble men and women who built this iconic landmark for another fifty years,” said Rajoo.

For more information on the project contact Johnny Rajoo on 082 575 4295.

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