Solidarity has pleasure to announce that it has inaugurated the new Sol-Tech campus today. This comes after the R300-million project was completed in February 2021.
“Sol-Tech is a living monument. It was built from the community by the community and was mainly funded by the monthly R10-contributions of our members. Everyone’s little bit put together has built a stronger future for our children,” Dr Dirk Hermann, Solidarity chief executive said. “Training is by definition future-oriented. It looks ahead and prepares the youth to build a future for themselves and to build a future for our country. While others flee to greener pastures, turn inward wanting to look only after their own well-being or may have given up completely, we are building an institution to empower the youth so that they can create wealth for themselves and for their community within South Africa. This monument declares that we are here to stay and to build”.
The construction project started officially on 13 September 2019 when the first sod was turned. In the meantime, it has been completed, under budget and earlier than planned, ready to receive its first students in February this year, and this notwithstanding the challenges the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown brought.
“This campus is a remarkable achievement for the community. It is a tangible result of what a community is capable of doing when it says: ‘We will do things ourselves.’ Today we celebrate this milestone together with every member and donor who has contributed to this milestone and we are proud of it with them. Our young people are resilient. All we have to do is to see to it that there is air beneath their wing. This campus and Sol-Tech will provide the air beneath our young people’s wings – do come and have a look,” Hermann concluded.
Members of the public are invited to book a place to take a virtual tour of the campus by using a link.