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Landscape challenge earns CPUT a walkway

Green: Landscape Technology students transformed a section of vacant land in front of the Tabeisa Café into a stunning walkway.

The scenery at CPUT is fast changing as Landscape Technology students ply their trade on the Bellville Campus grounds.

During that past few weeks the students transformed a section of vacant land in front of the Tabeisa Café into a stunning walkway.

This project was part of the CPUT-Corobrik Construction week, which was launched last year. Thanks to a donation of pavers and ornamental stones from Corobrik, students are provided the opportunity to hone their skills on a hands-on landscape installation.

img-Landscape-challenges-earns-CPUT-a-walkway-2RIBBON CUTTING: Corobrik representative, Werner Oelofse officially opens the walkway

Last year students turned an overgrown piece of land adjacent to the Cape Town Campus Nursery into a beautiful oasis.

This year, students were divided into groups with each tasked to work on one section of the walkway.

“We gave them a master plan and they had to adapt the design to suit their concepts,” says lecturer, Johan van Rooyen.

img-Landscape-challenges-earns-CPUT-a-walkway-3DESIGN: The walkway features various plants in the design

And coming up with concepts and meeting their deadline was no easy task, but one the students pulled off.

Second-year student Wesley Powell and his group worked on the first section of the walkway and says they opted for geometric shapes and different textures. The group also included a small bench into their design.

First-year student Gloria Nyalungu worked on the middle section of the walkway and says her highlight of the project was the paving process.

img-Landscape-challenges-earns-CPUT-a-walkway-4HARD WORK: A student works on her section of the paving

“I did not know how to pave before this exercise. It was hard work but now I know exactly what to do,” says Gloria.

Van Rooyen says the walkway will not only benefit the CPUT community, but will serve as training ground for the students, who will later use the area to practice irrigation installations and conduct plant studies.

img-Landscape-challenges-earns-CPUT-a-walkway-5DECORATE: Some artwork was added to the walkway at the entrance of the Tabeisa Cafe

Corobrik representative, Werner Oelofse, says they are very impressed with the walkway and will continue to collaborate with CPUT.

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