Rabie is calling on all friends, colleagues and clients to help fund a new multi-purpose Visitors’ Centre on Intaka Island, the award-winning 16ha wetlands nature conservation area in the heart of Century City, to enable this environmental jewel to fulfill its enormous enviro-educational potential.
Construction of the centre is being funded by donations from environmentally conscious corporates and individuals and so far more than half of the estimated capital costs of R2,5m has been raised from sponsors, including Rabie, while the professional team are providing their services pro bono and Big Ben Construction, Rabie’s construction arm, is constructing the centre at cost.
Home to 177 species of indigenous plants, including some red data species, as well as 120 bird species, Intaka Island has an internationally recognized herony and is the starting point of Bird Life SA’s Flamingo Birding Route.
The multi-functional visitors centre, which will include an assembly area, educational activity centre, a reception and ablution facilities will enable Intaka Island to host 10 times the number of visitors, Currently around 6500 visitors per year visit the wetlands. The modern, energy conscious, “green” centre will also showcase sustainable living best practices optimizing energy and natural resource efficiencies and be off the grid, relying on hydro, wind turbine and solar power.
A Trust has been established as the fund raising vehicle and application is being made to have it registered as a Public Benefit Organisation enabling it to issue Section 18a certificates to all donors and sponsors. Sponsors will also be acknowledged on plaques in the centre, on any marketing material and on the Century City and Intaka websites.
We call on one and all to donate, no matter how small, to this extremely worthwhile and sustainable venture. Corporate sponsors will be able to use the facilities for functions as well as hosting tours for underprivileged communities as part of their Social Responsibility Programmes. To contribute please contact Chris Blackshaw, CEO of the Century City Property Owners’ Association, on 021 552 6889 or email him at [email protected].