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Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Paving

Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company completes refurbishment after donation of top-quality Corobrik pavers

The donation of more than 9 000 superior quality Corobrik Cedarberg and Burgundy pavers finished off the refurbishment of Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company’s (JYOC) new premises at the University of Johannesburg’s Bunting Road Campus. 

Originating in the mid-1990s, the musical NGO provides quality music tuition to the youth in Gauteng. Originally based at Wits Education Campus in Parktown, the Orchestra Company has moved to better-equipped facilities the University of Johannesburg’s old hostel kitchen.  

The hostel is slightly away from the rest of the campus, making it an ideal space for tuition of students, as music is not a quiet occupation. 

In 2012, JYOC secured a R3 million donation from Workerslife (a subsidiary of Popcru Group of Companies) and in 2013, a three-way agreement between JYOC, Popcru and UJ was signed. 

“We were finally ready to start the refurbishment at the beginning of this year,” said Susan Rendall chief executive officer of JYOC.

“The building was gutted and remodelled with an office space, teaching studios, rehearsal space, a classroom and a large storeroom.  As Rendall was anxious that, because of building delays, the project wouldn’t be completed within budget, she  started securing building material donations from various organisations.

One of the companies Rendall approached for a donation was Corobrik.  

According to Rendall, the large paved area was previously covered with concrete that had become severely damaged over time. 

Corobrik donated their Cedarberg and Burgundy pavers which blended in with the new structure, creating a welcoming, even flow into the building. 

Musa Shangase, Commercial Director for Corobrik, said the clay pavers would remain visually appealing for years to come because of the durable, colourfast nature of Corobrik’s range. 

The pavers are a great finishing touch to this beautiful facility while the skid-resistant nature of the clay pavers provides a further safety features for the users.

Shangase said Corobrik was dedicated to assisting young South Africans with cultural upliftment. 

“We are proud to support an organisation, such as the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, which provides our children with a foundation in music, a unifying and uplifting medium,” said Shangase.

Rendall said the JYOC team was extremely grateful for the contribution. 

“Through this incredibly generous donation, and others like it, we were able to complete the project exactly on budget. 

“We have subsequently moved into our new space which is not only very beautiful, but highly functional, and allows us to be more effective in changing young lives through the medium of music. We extend our deepest thanks to the team at Corobrik for making this possible.”