Solidarity Network starts R300 million construction work of new Sol-Tech campus
13 September 2019
The Solidarity Network today officially started construction of the new Sol-Tech campus. This historic construction project will cost in the region of R300 million and will be funded in its entirety by the community. The development is undertaken by Kanton, the Solidarity Movement’s new property investment company.
Construction of the campus is the first major project that forms part of education and employment projects worth R4,5 billion the Solidarity Network will embark on over the next five years.
The next major project is the construction of the Akademia campus where world-class education will be offered though Afrikaans as medium of instruction.
According to Dr Dirk Hermann, Solidarity Chief Operations Officer, the construction of the Sol-Tech campus sends a strong message that Solidarity is here to stay. “We are not just building for our own generation but also for the next one. The campus will be a living monument of hope amid all the uncertainties of today,” Hermann said.
The strength of Sol-Tech and of this campus lies in the fact that it is being built by the community. Every Solidarity member donates R10 to a Building Fund each month. Thousands of members of the public donate smaller amounts each month to make the building of institutions such as Sol-Tech possible. “What we see here is not the product of state money or major empowerment money but of small contributions by the thousands adding up to make something big happen. We are calling on people to join us in their thousands in working for these huge building projects. The only way we can ensure a future is to build it ourselves. In less than two years and a million bricks later we will have a campus here where young people will be equipped to stay in South Africa and to be free, safe and prosperous here,” Hermann said.