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Project Cost Estimations


Hot water system: Due to the age and condition of the current boiler system, it is unable to provide enough hot water for all the children to have warm showers and baths. This repair is our next priority as donation funds become available.
Cost: $5,000.00

Bathrooms:  There are 2 bathrooms on the girl’s side and 2 on the boy’s side. Paint is peeling and in need of scraping and re-painting. The floors have broken tiles which need replacement and the plumbing needs to be refurbished.

Cost $12,000.00

Sewer Plumbing:  

Cost $12,000.00

Beds: The beds are old and worn and in need of replacement.

Cost: $6,000.00

Window Repairs:

Cost: $2,000.00

General Structural Repairs:

Cost: $5,000.00

Glass Door Repair:

Cost: $400.00

Kitchen Air Conditioner:

Cost: $2000.00

Electrical Panel:

Cost: $3000.00

The costs of the projects are shown in U.S. dollars. The current South African Rand vs. Dollar is approximately 14-1. Labor costs are very reasonable and help keep the local work force employed.  As you can see the U.S. dollar goes a long way and we can accomplish a lot with a little.


The state of electrical service in South Africa is poor. Years of no forward planning have left severe shortages and resulted in rising costs. At present many areas of the country are subject to “Load Sheding” this means ESKOM the South African Electrical supplier, shuts off your service for 3-4 hours per day. Hopetown school gets shut off in the late afternoon into the evening. This is when the kids need lighting for study time. Currently, during these blackouts, the kids use candles and flashlights.

Our solution is two-pronged. First, we would purchase and install a backup diesel generator that would power up automatically when ESKOM shuts the power off. Many Karoo farms use these today.

Secondly, convert the school to as much solar energy as possible. This investment would help reduce the annual electrical cost and in the long run be good for the school.

I should mention that due to the remoteness where Karoo farms are, many have no electrical service today. The increase in solar energy technology over the last decade has made a big difference to the Karoo farmer and is widely used. On Kareehoek where Lo-ami & Loudine grew up, they did not have electricity until their high school years. Both of their brothers are on farms that do not have electrical service today.

Estimates for this will be forthcoming as we focus on the Phase One 2019 projects.


We thank you for your consideration of donations for the welfare of the next generation of Karoo Farmers,

Loudine (Botha) Byleveld

Casper Byleveld

Lo-ami (Botha) Knox

Paul S. Knox

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