Design Hub | Makerspace | Shared Workshop
Workspace is a public benefit organisation located in the Harvest Centre, in Hout Bay Harbour. We are dedicated to providing a platform for knowledge and skills and resource exchange across the social, cultural and generational divides. We aim to provide resources for all people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to use “making as a tool for empowerment, economic opportunity and the building of social capital.
Providing a creative space
The focus of the facility is to provide a creative space for makers to engage, make and display their crafts. Within that mandate, the members of Workspace are committed to sharing their skills to help uplift disadvantaged people within the Hout Bay community. Workspace, in conjunction with the British Councils ConnectZA program and local NGOs, formally train people as makers through the TEN program.
Design, create, build or repair
The public is invited to use the facility but only by appointment only. Please contact us for membership details. We have a full range of DIY services on offer. Choose your project and we compile all the bits and pieces you will need to build it. If you need a hand we will do our best to connect you to the right person to assist, otherwise you’re free to work on your own.
We have a 500 square meter facility and have a myriad of tools and machines, some of which are in our store waiting for the right maker to come along. Our range of skills and ability changes with our membership and therefore workshop configuration.
Find out more about our collaborations and how we work together with with other entities including The Maker Library Network, Ikhaya LeTemba Hout Bay, Ikasi Youth Project, Intle Art Club, ZLTO and MoHappy Drums.
Some more information about some of the projects we are involved in including The Employable Nation, The Makers Society, The Off Grid Project and Trash 4 Training. All of these projects help to get people employed and uplift the community.
Some of our Projects
- TEN Project – People who remain employed exhibit certain characteristics – these can be learnt.
- The Maker Society is a “hack, make, fix, build, tech” club and meets twice weekly for supervised making sessions.
- Off Grid Project – This project is part of a series of “offgrid” machines built in response to the intermittent power issues
- Trash for Training – is an entry-level outreach programme that cleans up the streets and provides community members access to computing and Internet facilities.