New home for Waumbe Youth

A Fisantekraal youth organisation has bought a house in the area that it plans to turn into a hall and internet café.

Waumbe Youth Development has been renovating the Moses Mabhida Street house after the sale went through last year.

Walls have been knocked down for the hall and an office. The next phase is to convert the garage into the internet café, but the organisation has appealed for sponsorship and building materials to help it finish the project.

Waumbe’s CEO Mdu Menze said the organisation had bought the house to save on hiring the area’s limited facilities for its youth development and training workshops.

“Having a venue available at the Waumbe Youth Centre will allow unhindered service delivery for our youth, in a safe and welcoming environment.

“The quality of service delivery will be enhanced by having resources readily available during sessions,” said Mr Menze.

He said there were limited internet facilities in Fisantekraal and only those school pupils who could afford it travelled to Durbanville to use the internet for projects.

“Struggling to overcome this simple logistical challenge of getting to a computer, internet services and printing leaves pupils feeling unmotivated,” he said.

Waumbe plans to run its internet café at a nominal fee to cover costs. The hall will also be rented out to raise money.

Since 2014 the organisation has run various youth-development programmes in the area, mostly for high school pupils. It works with Fisantekraal High School and Trevor Manuel Primary School.

Over the past three years, it has received a bronze award during the Western Cape Department of Social Development 2017 Youth Excellence Awards, helped pupils obtain bursaries and paid application fees to tertiary institutions for some 400 youth.

Waumbe needs about 100 litres of paint, cement, sand, ceiling boards and tiles to complete the renovations. Contact Mr Menze at 078 239 5179, if you can help.