The community business, which was officially launched on 1 November, specialises in making custom wooden pieces for homes and schools at affordable prices. Its first order was for two wooden storage boxes with dividers for Makupula High School’s computer lab in the Kayamandi township.
The initiative was initially kicked off in January this year by Vision AfriKa to provide training for post-high school students in woodworking skills. The course is offered in two phases and includes a day release scheme for participants to attend the Stellenbosch Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development organisation, where they are taught how to run a business.
Visionwood will continue to offer training to interested school leavers and its website can be found at www.visionwood.co.za.