The Hermanus Night Shelter Association (HNSA) invites all interested parties to attend their Annual General Meeting in the United Church Hall on Wednesday 25 July at 18:00.

An aerial view of the Hermanus Night Shelter construction site taken in May.
PHOTO: Keith Imaging

The AGM will include the chairman’s annual report, the election of office bearers, feedback on fundraising efforts and a progress report on the building of the new night shelter in Mount Pleasant.

Construction on the building site in Malva Street, between Hermanus Child Welfare and the Just Care Aftercare Centre, is proceeding at a steady pace since the ground-breaking ceremony at the beginning of April, when HNSA patron Penny Streeter turned the first sod.

The first task was to clear the site and commence with manually digging trenches for the perimeter wall, as securing the site and minimising the risk of unauthorised entry and possible accidents is a legal obligation.

Due to the sandy nature of the soil the trenches varied in depth from 1.7m to 2.2m. This meant that the ready-mix foundations and bricks required to reach floor level was dramatically higher, with subsequent cost implications.

A month later, at the beginning of May, construction of the guardhouse commenced. This is where everyone will be screened for substance abuse prior to being admitted to the shelter. Their baggage will be stored in a secure area overnight.

The guardhouse is nearing completion and the palisade fencing has been erected.

The guardhouse is now almost completed, the perimeter walls as well as the front palisade fence are up, the exterior walls of the shelter have reached floor level and the foundations have been poured.

Construction of the shelter building will proceed in phases as funds become available. Everyone who would like to support the HNSA’s fundraising efforts are welcome to attend the AGM next week.

For more information, contact Ray Hartmann on 083 731 0678 or nightshelterhermanus@gmail.com

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