The Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School opens its doors
Adapted from information obtained from Weltevrede Wine Estate
A vision was dropped in the hearts of the people from Bonnievale. Philip Jonker, owner at Weltevrede Wine Estate subsequently formed the JGE Funding Trust to pursue the vision to heal their community by creating the Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School, a modern two-stream technical school with cutting edge e-learning facilities. Prof Jakes Gerwel was a resilient mediator and peacemaker and the wonderful unity of this team of different backgrounds would have made him proud. Although diverse, the common denominator in them all is a positive transformative spirit to heal South Africa from community level, from its roots.
The trust determined that this vision not only accommodate the numbers of the poor, but for it to be for a high school of excellence in a 12-hectare (donated by Weltervrede Wine Estate), spacious campus-like atmosphere, with top facilities and inspirational leadership, to heal a total community from a legacy and lifestyle of brokenness and lacking self-worth.
The JGE Funding Trust collaborated with the Western Cape Education Department who funds 40% of the establishment cost and finances the majority of educators. Yet R55 million Rand had to be found from the community and private sector. In awe-inspiring harmony, the whole community worked together to change their future, raising the needed funds, mainly in the form of local contributions and free or discounted professional services.
Through hard work and diligent collaboration, the Jakes Gerwel Entrepreneurial School is now a reality as the official opening took place on 14 December 2017. The doors of JGE opens for learners in January 2018. “Vision sparks hope. Positivity is infectious. Sacrifice is inspirational. When we lead with a can-do attitude and show our commitment by personal sacrifice others will follow,” shared Philip Jonker.