Partners on projects

Architects without Borders

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Architects Without Borders is a humanitarian organisation, working to create development with architecture and urban planning as tools.

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Their goal is to support the vulnerable and poor populations in the poorest countries. They create architect professional development projects, promote information on combating poverty and work with the prevention of natural disasters consequences. They are working to give all people access to decent living conditions.
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The organisation consist of more than 200 volunteer members from different professional backgrounds. Most are architects, but a growing number of professionals find their way into, and are welcome in, the organisation. They all work voluntarily and are unpaid.
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They believe that decent living conditions is a human right, and that it can be promoted by thinking holistically and through the integration of both technical, social and aesthetic aspects in construction and planning.
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They offer planning and architect technical knowledge to civil society organisations that normally do not have access to this – and also advocate for a construction industry that develops in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable direction.
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In addition, they are creating opportunities for experiential- and knowledgebuilding among architects in Denmark, so solid skills can be built for the benefit of their partners and the Danish architect profession globally.
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International network
Architects Without Borders was founded in 2008 as the Danish branch of the world-wide organisation Architecture Sans Frontières International (ASF International). They are therefore part of a global network with “The Hasselt Charter“ as their shared values.
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Rural Arts Network


Rural Arts Network is a registered Non-Profit Organisation based in Grabouw in the Cape Winelands.
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For the past ten years a dedicated team of arts professionals have worked tirelessly with thousands of rural children in the Cape Winelands. Their work has matured into a programme and widely acknowledged arts intervention that has seen awards and accolades far beyond the borders of the Overberg.
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The humble start made by Betsie Ryke in 2004, teaching young children to play the recorder at two rural schools, has exploded into a vibrant, exciting programme of marimba- and steel pan bands, multiple choirs, brass and rock bands, theory lessons, fine arts and arts and crafts. Invitations to perform at festivals and arts events happen on a regular basis. For two years running a classic marimba band has won an international competition playing Mozart and Bach.
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Primary objectives
  • To identify children, youth and adults, in predominantly rural areas, with a special aptitude and talent for creative arts.
  • To consistently deliver the highest standard in teaching and performance in the pursuit of excellence in dance, drama, art and music.
  • To train, tutor and mentor students towards obtaining accredited practical and theoretical exam qualifications.
  • To open up career and/or entrepreneurial opportunities for gifted students in the arts or related fields.
Secondary objectives
  •  To cultivate leadership, discipline and a sound work ethos so that students become leaders in their field of specialization.
  • To guide and mentor community facilitators to take the lead in their community with regard to fostering and developing the arts.
  • To mobilize and involve parents in their children’s creative development.
  • To assist and train teachers to be competent educators in the Arts modules of the Department of Basic Education Caps Curriculum for Lifeskills.
  • To seek and create performance opportunities nationally and internationally.

Grabouw Beautiful Campaign

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Grabouw Beautiful Campaign is a local initiative started by residents who have as their common goal to empower the people of the town through various educational programmes focusing on crafts, arts and the environment, – as well as to make the town an international destination of choice

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They work from the belief that if you want to change things to the better you have to take action yourself. They also believe that every town member can be a part of the positive change if only they put their mind into it.
Their overall goal is to see the entire town working together for a better and more sustainable future. A future where every person is educated, feel included, have a voice and use that voice to make Grabouw a beautiful and safe place to live in.
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Grabouw Beautiful Campaign has started several initiatives in the town already, and are working on an overall plan focusing on sustainable, urban renewal and local, educational projects.
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One of those is a wood-work project called “Valley Wood Worms” were they teach young people to make pallet and bin items such as furniture.
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Another recent initiative is the Bin Art Project, encouraging a change of behaviour towards littering, where local art students and children have decorated 78 empty bins and put them up all over town.
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They also run “Smorsie” Saturdays where churches, businesses and other organisations, such as rugby teams and Round Table, challenge each other to clean up the town for two hours. Part of the challenge is to ensure that the baton is handed over to the next organisation.

Stellenbosch University – Visual Arts Department

We partner with the Visual Arts Department at the University, and work directly with Prof. Elizabeth Gunter, Departmental chair and Senior Lecturer and with Carine Terreblanche (Senior lecturer), Joani Groenewald (Jewellery Technical Officer) and Nanette Veldsman (Lecturer).
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Carine is in charge of the creative and practical development of the course for our target group.
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She completed her BA (FA), BA (Hons) and a MA (FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. She also studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam during the 1993/94 academic year.

Terreblanche lectured at the University of Stellenbosch between 1994 – 2001. In 2001, she left the academy to work as an independent goldsmith in Cape Town.
In 2007 she returned to the University of Stellenbosch as coordinator of the Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Technique Division.
Terreblanche is interested in the development of Contemporary Jewellery in South Africa.  Her teaching interest and research focuses on the making of contemporary jewellery within a South African context. Her work challenges and questions the traditional approaches to goldsmithing and jewellery.
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About the University
Stellenbosch University (SU), one of 23 tertiary institutions in South Africa, is located in the heart of the picturesque Cape Winelands. The town of Stellenbosch is 50 km from Cape Town and 30 km from Cape Town International Airport.
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SU is one of the top research universities in Africa and for the past three years it has been acknowledged as the institution with the highest scientific publication output per academic staff member in SA. In 2012 SU featured in two university world rankings for the second consecutive year.
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The University has aligned its teaching and learning, research and community interaction initiatives with the national and international development agenda: eradicating poverty and related conditions; promoting human dignity and health; promoting democracy and human rights; promoting peace and security; and promoting a sustainable environment and a competitive industry.

Theewaterskloof Municipality
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Theewaterskloof Municipality is the largest local authority in the Overberg District, embracing the City of Cape Town on its western boundary and sharing the eastern coastline with the Overstrand Municipality. It is the most populous Municipality in the Overberg District (44% of the total district population). Its economic activity, as measured by Gross Regional Product, accounts for 41% of the broader District economy.
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Theewaterskloof Municipality can be categorised as a rural area with open spaces and farming activities as is clear from the land and areas occupied by agriculture, small holdings and other land uses.
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Theewaterskloof is estimated to have a population of between 90,000 and 110,000 people. Formal population estimates vary between 86 719 (Community Survey 2007) and 103 281 (Centre for Actual Research, 2005). Informal estimates from the Municipality are even higher at around 110 000 people (From the Integrated Development Plan 2012-2017, published by the Municipality).

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The increase in population is due to the influx (in migration) of people especially to Grabouw and Villiersdorp. The Municipality believes that the influx of people to this area was originally caused by farm owners importing cheap labour from the Eastern Cape during the harvesting season. Most of these workers refuse to return to their original places after the harvesting season has passed. This impact heavily on the Municipality as additional provision needs to be made with respect to housing and basic services.
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Theewaterskloof has a large number of people receiving some or other form of grant. Some people receive more than one grant, for example a disability or old age grant and a child support grant. The largest number of recipients is in Grabouw followed by Caledon and then Villiersdorp. This in itself is indicative of the large number of indigents in the area.
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Cities/Towns: Bot River, Caledon/Myddleton, Genadendal, Grabouw, Greyton, Riviersonderend, Theewaterskloof, Villiersdorp