Library builds local partnerships

The R3.8-million Sea Vista Library and IT Centre, which is currently under construction, has seen the community pull together, with a number of local players throwing their weight behind the project.

Kouga Municipality provided free approval of plans and site allocation, and has waived water and electricity charges. All building materials have been locally sourced, with suppliers providing up to 90 days’ credit, while the local Rotary Club has engaged with its national structure about supplying books.

The project has created 18 jobs for locals during the build phase, with more to follow as the finishing work begins. For one young man, Thulani Nkuna, managing the site is more than a job, it is building his future.

Thulani, who grew up in KwaNomzamo, was appointed by winning local contractor Oupa Jack (Pty) Ltd to oversee the day-to-day site activities.

According to principal agent Chris Milne, the 28-year-old quickly proved himself to the implementation team.

“Thulani has broader talents and a special passion for architectural computer draughting and is mostly self-taught in this skill,” said Chris.

Thulani holds a National Certificate (Level 4) in civil engineering and building construction and, to add to his technical capabilities, Kouga Wind Farm is sponsoring his training on Revit Architecture – computer-aided 3D design software. He has completed the essential and intermediate courses and will move on to the advanced course in July.

“The opportunity has made a difference in my life by equipping me with the technical skills that are useful and important in my career,” said Thulani.

“My plan for the future is to register with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession as a candidate (assistant) draughtsman and help others by designing their dream houses.”
He also wants to build the skill levels in his community by teaching and sharing what he has learned.