Progress report on the construction at Blomvlei Library

Blomvlei Library construction

DSC00651 (Small)

DSC00602 (Small)

The construction of the Library at Blomvlei Primary School in Hanover Park is progressing at a rapid pace with the walls already reaching roof height ! It is very exciting to see the library taking shape and becoming a reality for the school and the community of Hanover Park.

The community seem to have already taken the protection of the library site under their control and if anything suspicious has been seen around the building site there are immediate phone calls from the surrounding community to alert the school, builder and the local police station. It is wonderful to see the community already taking ownership and pride in the library.

There are twelve laborers on site at present of which 50% come from the local community. Dawn Petersen, headmistress of Blomvlei Primary School, advertised in their school newsletter for parents with building skills to put their names down on a list for contract workers which would be required during the construction of the library. This has been very successful and provided income and employment within the community. Dawn Petersen insisted that preference must be given, in terms of local laborers, to unemployed parents of children at Blomvlei primary school.

In the site meeting last week Ivonn Kramm, Architect from arG, discussed with the project team her research into using as many environmentally friendly products within the construction of the Library. Non-toxic paint will be used and a non-toxic carpet was chosen for the floor coverings.

When on site there is enormous excitement amongst the children regarding the construction and a number of school outings are being planned for the learners such as a visit to the architects and engineers offices, possibly visiting the BMW Pavillion or Cooling Towers to watch, from a safe distance, when they are demolished. Other outings include a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, transport kindly sponsored by our Trustee, Di Thomas, of Day Trippers. The children will be introduced to the types of indigenous plants which we will be planting in the Educational Garden around the Library.

The Trust is still looking for funding in order to complete the Library and we once again appeal to everyone in the industry to support us by encouraging other members of the tourism industry to become a Friend of the Trust.

>”We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. ” – Winston Churchill –