Each year the South African community is called upon to donate ‘67 minutes’ of their time to a charitable gesture. Technical supplier to the Live Event industry, Gearhouse South Africa responded to the call in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.


In Johannesburg, Gearhouse' Training Manager, Garth Green, approached a ‘Crime Prevention Group’ operating out of Jeppe Police Station with a membership of around 60 people, to attend an Educational Day at Gearhouse Johannesburg branch. These young people come together with the purpose of educating others regarding crime. Also attending were three students from Athlone Boys High School.

The lighting warehouse at the Gearhouse Head Office in Bezuidenhout Valley was transformed into a small exhibition site with Lighting, Sound, Audio-Visual, Rigging, Structures and Power equipment being presented.

Gearhouse Academy students, who are three-quarters of the way through a10 month Technical Production Services course at Gearhouse, became lecturers for a day - demonstrating to the attendees how the equipment is set-up and operated - a valuable opportunity for them to test their own knowledge and build their confidence. The event also formed part of the overall student assessment for the year.

Proceedings started off with a short presentation given by Garth Green on the layout of the stage, the role and positioning of the respective equipment elements and how every element is connected up. Then the group were divided up into task teams of 5 attendees and each allocated to a different section. There were morning and afternoon sessions so that everyone had the opportunity for a hand-on experience learning how to work with cameras and microphones, moving motors and operating a lighting desk before rotating to experience a different discipline. By the end of the day, these youngsters had a good basic knowledge of the equipment and technical function on a live event and had had a glimpse into a career path that most did not even know existed.

Gearhouse SA has a long-standing relationship with the Jeppe police, supporting many of their functions and awareness events with sponsored equipment. The team working on the Mandela Day function was delighted at the interest shown and we hope to see a slew of crime prevention events coming up soon.

Cape Town

In Cape Town, the Gearhouse Academy students got involved in setting up sponsored technical equipment for the handover of a brand new hostel for the Thembalethu School for the disabled.

SABC Touching Lives, together with Hillsong Africa Foundation and the Department of Correctional Services held a special hand-over ceremony on Dr Nelson Mandela’s Birthday – the 18th of July. Jeffrey Twala from SABC approached Gearhouse to donate technical equipment which included a Stage, Lighting and Audio equipment and a LED Screen, which they did.

The school was originally established in 1974 by a small group of concerned local women and in 1983, Thembalethu was registered as a special school by what was then known as the Department of Education and Training. The school caters for pre-primary to senior primary and is open to disabled children with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida and other congenital deformities.

The children attending the school face many challenges while travelling to school hence the need for an on-site residence. The Hillsong Africa Foundation partnered with SABC Touching Lives to make 6 million rand available towards the construction of the hostel.

Dignitaries and performers shared the stage in celebration of this heart warming day on which the learners from Thembalethu officially moved into their residence.

"It was both heartrending and an overwhelming experience for the Gearhouse students and staff alike", said Lisa Smit who conducts the Gearhouse Training Programme in Cape Town, "We were thrilled to be a part of making this an especially memorable day for these children!

Aug 26, 2011

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