St. Gobain social gain award

creating hope, pride and dignity.

We visited three Gauteng schools and used these investigations to create a strategy for sustainable interventions that could be adopted at any one of the schools. The strategy addresses the variety of requirements of each school and creates a clear framework for the roll-out of interventions, starting with a R450,000 Phase One intervention.

We chose Motshegofadiwe Primary to demonstrate an application of our strategy.

A three step STRATEGY:

THIS SCHOOL IS OURS – establish buy-in from the community; the school is viewed as an asset. This is essential for there to be real social gain through any physical intervention.

A VISION FOR OUR SCHOOL - establish a development framework that addresses services, landscape and buildings. Develop a ‘vision’ plan and ‘menu of interventions’ that can be completed as funds become available, and in order of functional needs.

LOOKING AFTER OUR SCHOOL - establish a maintenance programme that includes pupils, teachers and the community in regular cleaning, repairs and servicing of equipment. Training of ‘guides’ during construction/establishment so any intervention continues to ensure the assets’ value.

The BUILT INTERVENTION – a kit of three parts: STRUCTURE –steel, concrete or gumpole columns on spot foundations with composite beams (light weight steel and/or timber) between them.

SHELTER – roof sheeting, solid or clear, fixed to rafters and purlins spanning between beams. Rafters can be steel or timber depending on available skills and materials. ENCLOSURE – a light weight steel or timber framed ‘box’, insulated and clad both sides on a platform. Floor and ceiling are part of the same ‘box’.

The structure is independent of the infill thus ensuring structural integrity, simultaneously creating opportunities for skills development with the non-structural parts. Size varies according to function, it can be added to over time, orientated any direction and step where ground slopes.