Project managing revamp of community centre for vulnerable children in South Africa

Cari Drysdale

Associate Director

We have provided project management and quantity surveying expertise to completely refurbish a vital community centre for orphaned children and sick adults in South Africa.

Ivanplats, part of the Canadian exploration and development company Ivanhoe Mines, carried out the renovation as part of the firm’s strategic social responsibility commitments to the communities around the Ivanplats Platinum Mine.

The Lesedi Community Centre near Polokwane in the North East of the country cost almost £100,000 (R2 million) to revamp and includes a playground, a new vegetable garden, a fenced-off mini-soccer field with astro turf and shaded canopy, a netball court, and play area with a jungle gym.

The refurbished building, donated by the local community, has been furnished with school benches, chairs and gas stove. Toilets and a water harvesting tank have been installed alongside drilling and equipping a borehole for water, and fencing off a recycling area.

The centre will offer physical, educational, financial, nutritional and emotional support for 101 orphans, and vulnerable children and their families, from three nearby villages. It’ll be a place of safety after school providing life skills lessons and meals before children return home. More than sixty patients with chronic illnesses will also be cared for at the centre.

Raphael Baiden, Associate Director said: “Due to our involvement in the main mining contract, we were approached by Ivanplats to assist with providing quantity surveying services on the refurbishment project. As part of our CSR commitment to add value and make a real difference to local communities we were delighted to undertake this work .

“Previously we have assisted with a similar refurbishment project at the Tharullo Drop-in centre in Mokopane, also through Ivanplats, which kicked off in March 2016.”

Werner Botha, Senior Projects Manager for Ivanplats, added: “Lesedi believes the importance of physical exercise for children can never be underestimated. Playing team sports such as netball teaches them about social interaction, perseverance and self-esteem. They also learn to share and co-operate, while the jungle gym will help stimulate the imagination and creativity.”