Taxi Ranks and WDC2014
The Euclid Society prepared a detailed report and proposal for the painting of the Cape Town taxi rank to match the World Design Capital colours.
Using our qualified members we created a Power Team consisting of two young construction professionals, David Oliphant and Mbulelo Gushu as well as a young marketing professional, Megan Holt. Together we brought the below skills to the team:
• Building and Maintenance
• Costing and Estimating
• Creative Marketing and Branding
This engagement is pending approval from the City of Cape Town, however as The Euclid Society we are confident that we will get the go ahead to add some colour to the Cape Town skyline!
“RAW Plasterers” – improving business sustainability
One of our members, David Oliphant, identified a plastering subcontractor who hadn’t realised the potential in his own business. Working on projects on a tender basis he received steady business, however was far from optimising his business. He is from the Mitchells Plain area and from a predominantly poverty affected environment and therefore education to improve his formal business skills lagged behind his practical capabilities.
A power team consisting of young construction professionals and educators undertook the challenge of assisting “Raw Plasterers” achieve its potential. Our target is to make sure that “Raw Plasterers”:
• Grows his business into new markets
• Increases turnover
• Invests in training staff
We have made great strides thus far with this Engagement and the owner has enrolled in the UCT short course for Project Management, a course which will do much to improving the sustainability of his businesses.
Doornbaai Small Business Training
The Euclid Society will be establishing a Power Team consisting of Mcebo Ntombela, Leigh Bruinders and Mbulelo Gushu to work together with ThinkImpact to train small business owners in the Doornbaai community with basic accounting and financial management skills. In this way we hope to improve the skills base of the business owners in that vulnerable area
“NK Security” – improving business efficiency
NK Security is a security company working on a few construction sites in the centre of Cape Town. Again, their formal experience is lacking compared to their practical knowledge, a fact which might be a hindrance to the sustainability of their business. The owner has come from Congo to seek a better life in South Africa but his access to information and communication is greatly reduced for obvious reasons.
The Power Team Leader, Busiswa Damoyi, has been to helping with:
• Drawing up a business plan and associated company documents
• Improving his knowledge regarding invoicing and claims
• Teaching him methods of coordinating labour and future capacities
The Engagement has been going very well and the owner has enrolled in the UCT short course for Health and Safety; a course which will help him with his security responsibilities on site.
The Soup Kitchen with a Difference
We as an organisation have chosen to take quite a personal look at how we would like to achieve change in South Africa. One of the greatest social challenges remains homelessness and the long-term effect it has on those stuck within its structures.
To achieve some degree of positive change regarding this, no matter how small, we have put together a Power Team consisting of Mikhaila Reagon, Alisha Harmse, Robyn Bruinders and Natalie Annandale to guide these efforts. The Power Team will do the following:
- Partner with night shelters and collect food and money on their behalf. This will be used to feed and sponsor those sleeping there this winter.
- Arrange collections for Soup Kitchens which will be held in the Goodwood and Elsies River Area to begin with. Our reach to other areas will grow as our membership grows.
- Urge our members to sponsor at least one shopping bag of clothing of either food or water which will be distributed by the Power Team.
- Consult with the homeless that we meet in an effort to improve their ability at job applications and increasing their skills base to supplement their daily living and find some hope to escaping their circumstances.
The Engagement is achieving great things as the support at the last Soup Kitchen was amazing. We know this will become even more beneficial to people we try and help in future. B y doing this, we hope to remind the homeless, that might have forgotten, that others do in fact care for them and this display will hopefully change their feelings of social inclusion in society – if only by a little, but it is a beginning.