The Sacla centre – Khayelitsha

Since 2008 the SACLA Centre has been torn apart piece by piece by the local gangs and vandals until there was but a mere shell of a building left. All the lights, plugs, the geyser, windows, doors and fittings and fixtures were removed. The building was barely inhabitable but the Health home based care workers who have a strong commitment to their community carried on regardless in the most shocking conditions.


This SACLA Centre has been the home to 100’s of dedicated Home-care Nurses and Care-givers over the past 25 years. This building was also used to house a Disabled Children’s Educare programme and unfortunately this project had to be abandoned as the risk and safety was too high for the children to be housed in the building any longer. However was our goal to ensure we bring back this much needed facility for the disabled children in this area.

How did the reserection of the centre begin?

In July of 2010 the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, Mayor Plato and her team dedicated their 67 minutes of community service time on Mandela Day to erect a fence around the SACLA Centre in Khayelitsha. Morgan Freeman and his Cross Country Biker Team also assisted in not only making the day a very special one but a star studded occasion. Bernice Roeland, from Aids Response and the Nelson Mandela Fund organised the event and they have played a supportive role to Green Communities throughout the delivery.

To kick start the project, the Corporate Social Responsibility Team of Santam took ownership of the Centre and donated the sum of R100 000 towards the “Extreme Makeover” and appointed Green Communities – as the Project Managers to oversee and roll out of the complete reconstruction of the SACLA centre

In December of 2010, Beth McKellar- Basset,  along with her amazing team from Correctional Services began the amazing renaissance. The parolees and first time offenders who are doing their Community Service, have worked tirelessly with her almost every weekend that year to complete this “extreme makeover” by July 18th 2011.

So much has been achieved and we have had the most amazing support from the Built Industry. Lizette Swanevelder, the Green Communities Fundraiser and an enigma in the Green Building Industry has played the most important role and has managed with ease and absolute support from her clients to get almost all of the building materials donated. Almost every product has either been given to us at cost or donated outright and these generous companies are as follows from:
1. ADT Alarm System and Radio Control
2. Gemini Lighting Strip Lights
3. Osram Neon Tubes
4. Le Grande Plugs and Light Switches
5. Eurolux Outside lights and Bathroom Lights
6. New Age Properties Brand New Fitted Kitchen
7. MWP Architects Organised the Kitchen, Lights, Plugs and
Switches for GC
8. Bosch Koeberg Hob Stove
9. Dulux Paint 100’s of litres
10. Prominent paints Paint
11. Midas Paint
12. Thermocoustex Insulation
13. BAMBANA Construction Transport and Fundraising
14. Lafarge Gypsum Ceiling Boards and Cornices
15. Hire it Compressor for cleaning the Roof
16. Duraline Paint for Doors and Stoep
17. GSA Glass Glass for the Windows
18. Bathroom Butler Towel Racks and Toilet roll Holders
19. Campwell Hardware SW Paint Brushes and rollers
20. Builders Warehouse Hosepipes and Attachments
21. On Tap Taps and Double Mixer for Kitchen
22. Remy Construction Gates
23. Tesa Security Fencing Fence
24. Siyawina Nuts and bolts
25. AGM Steel work Labour for the Fence
26. Geze New Door Handles and Locks
27. ISEO Security Locks for Gates
28. John the Welder Gates and Security Locks
29. McNeil Agencies Gutters & Clips
30. Kwikot 200litre Solar Water Heater
31. Leak Patrol Installation
32. Go Design Office Furniture
33. Silvatech Electrical Electricity Cables
34. Hi Tech Electrical Electricity Cables
35. Media 24 Doors
36. Correctional Services Community Service Labour

And a very big thank you goes to Rashad at Khayelitsha Hardware for the discount Beth has niggled out of him over a period of 8 months for things like turps, tools, wood, steel, and countless other materials.