Earlier this year I visited Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC) with three UCT students from the Engineers without borders (EWB) team (Ondela Mabusela, Tumelo Gabaraane, Matt Docherty) and ERC staff member, Anya Boyd, to see how the facility operates and gain technical and practical exposure to some of the renewable technology that is being used and developed by teachers and students at the school.
The BBDCD centre trains students and hosts workshops on topics including renewable energy, permaculture, water management, construction and integrated thinking towards water, energy, food and solar energy. During our visit, principal Ivan Yaholnitsky involved us in a variety of practical installations and tasks.
Despite the icy cold weather, our three days “off the grid” left us feeling recharged and ready to rethink the way in which we approach resource and development issues. We hope to continue to work with Ivan and the BBCDC team in order to share knowledge and expertise in the future.
For more info on BBCDC see website