On Monday 5 October 2015, PSFA celebrated the start of a new and exciting venture in the form of a special sod turning ceremony that took place on our newly acquired land situated at Sheffield Business Park in Phiippi.
This ground breaking event for PSFA, marked the beginning of the construction of our first ever privately owned combined offices and warehouse. This building will play a pivotal role in streamlining the efficiency of our feeding service to the many hungry children on our programme. Our existing office building that we own is situated in Observatory, and our warehouse that we are renting, is situated near Cape Town International Airport. According to the architects, JB Burmeister Architects, this new building will incorporate new “green” technology such as photovaltaic panels on the roofing, waste water recycling and led lighting. The offices are designed around a central courtyard incorporating a series of flat roofs allowing plenty of light, resulting in a wonderful working environment.
The Keynote Address at the event was presented by the Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schafer, Debbie congratulated PSFA on the outstanding work we do in assisting Government to feed the many hungry school children in the Western Cape, and wished us all the best with our new building. In her address, she highlighted the fact that PSFA does not only provide additional nutrition to our learners, but also plays an important role in encouraging our learners to arrive early for school and stay in school. The meals provided by PSFA allows children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs and helps to increase school enrolment and attendance, decrease drop-out rates and improve cognitive abilities.
Rev Canon Rodney Whiteman led the invocation where he asked all in attendance, to give thanks and reflect on the act of turning the soil which symbolises the opening of future opportunity for every recipient and those whose lives PSFA will touch in the future. It also symbolises the opportunity to plant new seeds of hope in peoples’ lives.
Government officials, members of the media, the professional team consisting of J.B. Burmeister Architects, SAT Quantity Surveyors and structural engineers, De Villiers Sheard cc, our suppliers, partners and PSFA board and staff attended this very special event.
We are scheduled to move into our new offices and warehouse at the end of May 2016.