April 2018 has been a busy and successful month for the team behind the Franschhoek Theatre. The big news is that all the necessary construction approvals for the project have now been obtained from the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and the Department of Education. With the approvals in place construction on the project will start later this month.
While they were ticking the final boxes with the Public Works Department – fire safety plans, structural engineer’s sign-off, revised electrical layouts, etc. – the team was also getting a head start on some other jobs. These ranged from obtaining quotes for things such as the audio-visual installation to opening accounts with suppliers to purchasing some materials early in order to avoid the recent VAT increase.
The theatre site was also visited by Franschhoek High School past pupil Andrew Schmidt (matric 1974), of Franschhoek Plant Hire. Andrew kindly donated the efforts of one of his digger loaders and two staff members to the project in order to remove several tree stumps and large roots that were in the way of the addition. In thanking Andrew the team said they hope to be able to call on more past pupils to do their bit for their alma mater.