The Whole Earth Building Foundation has designed the Khayelitsha Social Centre building. We will empower residents, youth and nongovernmental organisations in the Khayelitsha business district through training while constructing an ecologically friendly Social Centre within the Permaculture and Biodynamic paradigms, and establishing food gardens.
An ecologically-friendly sandbag building method is being used, with earthen plastering. It has not-for-profit community spaces, such as a conference centre, information-café, library, bookstore, computer room, art and recording studio, food gardens and lodging for travellers.
Designed and drawn by Lesley Freedman
It is a creative space in which people will be able to network, study, hold workshops and discussions and connect with the Khayelitsha community and beyond.
The project is seeking 500 to 1500 square metres of land either to be donated to the project or for the project to purchase. The land should ideally be situated inside or adjacent to the Site C taxi rank and the Nolungile Train Station and the future Integrated Rapid Transit (IRT) bus stop.
The immediate area of impact will be the Site C and Site B community who, as members, will have discounted access to the services provided within the Centre, such as internet surfing at low prices and subsidised music and media courses.The taxi rank area is the ideal location because the Centre will serve residents in the immediate area as well as visitors from all over Cape Town. The wider Cape Town community will be attracted to this space by the interactive ambience in the Centre and the scintillating discussions. We will be able to purchase locally produced art and be invited to stay over at the lodge. The Centre will be accessible from the nearby N2 freeway.
The Whole Earth Building Foundation is working with Xola dos Santos, Director of the Project.
Visit http://khayelitshacentre.co.za/#building for more information.