In 2019 we brought you news of an ambitious initiative by Gumboots SA – working title Alexandra Youth Project but now renamed Sakhimfundo (meaning Building Education). The purpose built facility will comprise a performing arts centre and education centre to be funded and developed in two phases. A site was purchased with funds raised jointly by Gumboots SA and Gumboots UK and work began in late 2019/early 2020. Despite delays and setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic progress has been impressive. The photo above shows containers in place ready to be converted to shower and toilet facilities and changing rooms. The concrete base for the performance area has also been laid and the site is now covered by a roof creating an airy but weather proof space.
The pandemic delays and some unforeseen site engineering issues have inevitably put a strain on the original budget but plans are under way to raise the shortfall and work continues on the site.