Architectural plans and seed funding have already secured to build a multi-purpose facility at SANCCOB that will house a new education room, souvenir shop, meeting room, coffee shop and upgraded entrance to receive visitors.


Cape Town, South Africa (12 March 2020) – The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), shared an exciting announcement of something big happening soon.

There is an incredible new development at their Table View centre in Cape Town.

They will be constructing a brand new Visitor Centre. This is SANCCOB’s newest capital project to fundraise for in 2020. Last year they successfully fundraised for a specialised rehabilitation swimming pool at the Port Elizabeth centre.

Architectural plans and seed funding have already secured to build a multi-purpose facility that will house a new education room, souvenir shop, meeting room, coffee shop and upgraded entrance to receive visitors. This new visitors centre will boost the capabilities of educating local schools and volunteers as well as boost tourism.

The development was conceptualised from the need to upgrade SANCCOB’s current education room to accommodate larger groups of learners, host training workshops and materialise an income-generating initiative to become more self-sustainable.

“Our Education Department reached 5,540 school learners through its formal education programme in 2019 and a donation of just R200 (EUR11/USD12.50/GBP9.60) can support one learner to connect to marine wildlife in an inspiring, new learning environment.”

The hope is that the new centre will be multi-purpose, not only used for educational talks and training but also for hire to other organisations for conferences, meetings and events on days where no educational activities are scheduled. This will provide the organisation with a whole new income stream to provide care to rescued sea birds.

“The coffee shop will offer a beautiful scene, overlooking the Home Pen of resident birds and adjacent to the centre building, universally accessible ablution facilities will be installed. Funding a project such as this gives supporters the opportunity to make a broad-based impact that will benefit SANCCOB’s penguin and seabird rehabilitation for many generations to come. We invite you to be a part of that legacy, where your donation gives today and provides for tomorrow.”

The organisation is working hard to raise the funds needed to complete the project and are reaching out to the public and regular supporters for assistance in reaching their goal.

“Support is also welcome in the form of donations-in-kind to help us equip the facility with modernised learning tools and event equipment for the coffee shop and venue hiring. Connect with SANCCOB’s Resource Development department to find out more or make a donation online to help us reach our campaign target of R150,000.00.”

Education is one of the pillars of SANCCOB’s vision to bring the concept of marine conservation into the lives of young people. The majority of children received at the centre via their education programme are Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) and learners from under-resourced communities, so the lessons and setting we provide is truly a life-changing experience.

“This newest building project was initially part of SANCCOB’s seabird hospital planning and with the hospital now opened since November 2018, we are excited to finally move forward”

An architect’s impression of the planned Visitor Centre, courtesy of Juan Pretorius Architecture

“SANCCOB is fortunate to have received pledged support from corporates and foundations, who will match or exceed other donation commitments and we know that together, we can realise this goal. If you want to help us build the Visitor Centre and further our reach through education and training, donate today.”

If you would like to support the organisation, you can do so via their website here.

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