Friday, September 6, 2013

We have moved!

The new lounge area
The Knowledge Workshop is now based in Observatory!

After 6 years in Rosebank, The Knowledge Workshop has spread its wings and relocated to a fantastic, newly renovated space in the heart of Observatory (aka. Obz, to the locals). Known to many for its cosmopolitan and eclectic mix of locals, foreign travellers, nightlife and eateries, Observatory has something to keep even the most restless souls occupied.

One of the new classrooms

 The new building is a landmark of sorts and has its own tales of infamy from over the years. Originally, as The Helderberg Tavern, the building was attacked by militant activists during the apartheid era. They firebombed the building, failing to recognise that the tavern was a drinking hole for local students, some of whom were involved with the anti-apartheid struggle. 

The balcony

Furthermore, Observatory, Salt River and Woodstock were, at the time, among some of the areas less-affected by the Group Areas Act. This culturally-mixed feel persists today. In more recent times, the building hosted a Night Club which was also victim of a fire. For about a year, between 2012 and 2013, the building was empty while being fully restored to its former glory – this time with added fire precautions!

The Knowledge Cafe

The Knowledge Workshop occupies the upper floor, accessed by a door on Station Road (look for our logo above a large wooden door). The owners (and their insurers) have done a fabulous job with the restoration. The interior boasts high ceilings and large sash windows that fill the space with light. The Oregon pine wooden floors have been replaced– this time with fire-proofing beneath(!) and Marian has been exercising her green fingers and started recreating the feel of the old school yard on our sheltered balcony, by introducing a variety of local flora.
EFL students in ... foil hats!
More hats of foil!

Additionally, next door to the school, we also have a flat for use by visiting students. The accommodation is fully furnished, equipped to a good standard, and serviced. There is free wi-fi, lounge with DStv, a dining room/study area, kitchen, bathroom and a laundry area. Visiting students, signing up for courses with TKW will be able to take advantage of this convenient and cost-effective accommodation.

Our new contact details are now as follows:
Phone: 021 448 5090
Address: 86 Station Road (First Floor), Corner of Station and Lower Main Roads, Observatory, Cape Town. 7925.

…So, remember to look us up next time you’re in Obz. J

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