In a disastrous turn of events this past week on September 27th, the school in Sutherland was tragically consumed by a fire that has gutted most of the stately heritage building, which is 110 years old. The blaze broke out late on Wednesday night and destroyed seven classrooms, the administration block, staff room and hall.
Options for donations of goods & materials (such as school furniture and kitchenware) are listed below – but if you’re not able to assist with donated items, you could show the school some love by making a donation to the fundraising drive on Quicket:
Sutherland is renowned as the coldest place in South Africa, and is also home to the National Astronomy Observatory and the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope (SKA), the largest radio astronomy project in the southern hemisphere. It is 60km away from our event site in the Northern Cape Province.
The fire leaves 137 learners and their teacher uncertain of the future. Authorities, including the South African Police Service and Northern Cape Education Department are investigating the cause, and once the cause has been determined, we will update this page.
It’s in Sutherland that numerous significant large art projects have been built over the last 5 years as part of the SKOP (Sutherland Kuns end Opvoedings Projek / Sutherland Art and Traning Project), including our own San Clan in 2015, and the beautiful SKOP IV seen at this year’s event.
These projects have been headed up by Sutherland resident and longstanding AfrikaBurn artist Nathan Victor Honey and members of the Sutherland community, with most builds taking place in the town square. Nathan has offered the use of his workshop sheds as a space for the school to store salvaged items, or be used as storage in the interim.
Through these community-based upskilling initiatives over the years, strong relations have been built with the town’s community, whose unemployed craftsmen have been given opportunities for employment and training (supported by a Grant paid for by your ticket money).
In 2015 members of our AfrikaBurn community, including the New Moon Collective, staged performances and a procession to thank the town for its hospitality and support of AfrikaBurn project builds.
Over the years these people, and their children who are learners at the school, have become members of our Tankwa Karoo family, which is why our AfrikaBurn team, and community, is stepping up to provide assistance as and where possible.
The school’s Department Head, Mrs Erika Burger, has reached our to our team, with a list of materials and ways to donate to assist the school’s recovery from the fire in the short term, and to begin rebuilding efforts.
The list of items is below and consists of simple yet critical school and catering equipment but would make all the difference to the school as they do their best to recover from the impact of the blaze and continue teaching and resume normal school activities, as well as provide meals to their learners.
These are the critical items required to get the school function again soonest:
|Cabinets (Open shelved, and with doors)||1|
|Paper punch (heavy-duty)||1|
|Heavy duty stapler||1|
|Dictionaries (Afrikaans, English)||1|
|Daily prayer books|
|Paper clips, elastic bands|
|Files (lever arch, flipfiles)|
|Small waste paper basket||1|
|First Aid Kit||1|
|Photocopier / all-in-one printer||1|
|Computer / PC||1|
|Paper punch (strong)||1|
HEAD TEACHER’S OFFICE
|Large cabinet with shelving (locakable)||1|
SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME
|4 – plate gas hob / burner|
|Gas stove & ovens||2|
|Large plastic bowls / containers with lids||4|
|Smaller round plastic bowls with lids||4|
|Large plastic trays||4|
|Plastic 25-litre buckets||2|
|Plastic 1-litre jugs||2|
|Large serving spoons||4|
|Large wooden spoons||2|
|Electric can opener||1|
|Stainless steel tables for food prep||2|
|Peelers and chopping knives|
|Dishcloths and aprons|
|Large kettle for gas stove||1|
|First aid kit||1|
|Cups and saucers||50|
|Metal trestle tables||10|
|Electric frying pans||2|
|Small bain marie||1|
|Containers for coffee, tea, sugar|
CAPE TOWN DONATIONS:
For those in Cape Town, donations of furniture, goods and materials can be made at a collection point in Kraaifontein:
31 Verdeau Road
(Cordier Rd entrance)
Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday between 08h00 and 12h30.
To find out about donations at other times, contact Alta De Lange on 083 462 8650
DIRECT DONATIONS (of MATERIALS):
For more info on how you can assist, please contact the school’s head, Mrs Burger on:
Email: [email protected]
Landline: 023 571 2994
WhatsApp: 072 851 6401
The Sutherland business and resident community has set up a channels for direct donations of funds, to the following account:
Sutherland Hoerskool Brandfonds
Account number: 180133497
Account type: Enterprise Autobank PlusPlan
Branch: Beaufort West / 050008
Branch code (electronic payments): 051001
Swift: SBZA ZA JJ
Our hearts go out to all affected by this disastrous blaze – please help us to show our community’s spirit by assisting where you’re able to.