People who remain employed exhibit certain characteristics - these can be learnt.
These characteristics or priciples have been carefully woven into a basic skills training program called The Employable Nation. The participant discovers these principles during the TEN training instead of being 'taught' them. All training happens in Hout Ba's own DIY workshop - Workspace situated in the harbour area.
The Maker Society is a “hack, make, fix, build, tech” club and meets twice weekly for supervised making sessions. Membership is open to high school students from Hout Bay.
There is no charge to attend the sessions but we encourage and welcome donations from those who can afford to pay.
Workspace is a well equipped open access workshop which allows the Maker Society Students to be exposed to traditional processes and skills like Metalwork, blacksmithing, woodwork, screenprinting, sewing, jewellery making, shoemaking, leatherwork, ceramic work, coffee roasting /making, bread baking as well as more high tech processes such as laser cutting, 3D modelling /printing and CNC Machining.
Maker Library Network (MLN) which a British Council project commissioned as part of Connect ZA, a programme running throughout 2014 & 15 which aims to create connections between young creatives and audiences in the UK and South Africa.
Conceived by Daniel Charny and developed with From Now On, the MLN is a new initiative that promotes collaboration and knowledge-sharing between designers and makers.
The programme will culminate with an event to showcase the achievements of the first year, with the ambition to expand into a world-wide network.
Workspace and Ikhaya Le Temba are collaborating with community bread baking and coffee roasting. At present Sharon Citabatwa-Nqenqa runs the Workspace Coffee shop under the brand, Nourish Bakery. Her endevours are supported by the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation.
We are developing a Maker curriculum with Ikasi Youth Project based on the TEN Project. Ultimately we want this to be a “Gap Year” alternative for the graduates from the Everyday Heroes Club. The Everyday Heroes Club (Ikasi Youth’s flagship initiative) is a practical, results-oriented, holistic after school program whose aim is to drive positive change in the Imizamo Yethu township community of Hout Bay, South Africa. It provides a support structure and safe working environment for 20 high school boys, with the aim to help them discover and realise their true potential.
A Saturday morning art club for kids is hosted every Saturday at Workspace. Aimed at the children of IY in Hout Bay, it is open to all, but please email us to connect you to Jen the organiser of this non profit club.
Workspace is proudly the fifth Maker Library in the World – Alongside other Maker Libraries in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cape Town, we have been recognized for our creative and edgy thinking. Our interpretation has culminated in the “Travelling Wheel- brary”. Using old cable drums, this structure will ultimately contain a webcam and screen along with shelves to display books. The idea is that the whole of Workspace is the Makerspace component of the Maker Library and therefore the connecting aspect needs to be mobile.
Off Grid Project
This project is part of a series of “offgrid” machines built in response to the intermittent power issues that Cape Town had been experiencing at the time Conceived and built by the Workspace design team of Craig Dunlop, Randal Adonis and Mark Glen. Three working machines have been built and are all commercially operating at Workspace.