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Episode 32: Limpopo Diaries, Part 3

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Episode 32: Limpopo Diaries, Part 3

James Benedict Brown

For almost ten years, second-year Architecture students at the University of Nottingham have been building small educational buildings in South Africa. This year, the Department of Architecture and Built Environment invited me to participate in the 2017/18 edition of the project, building a small crèche in the village of Mothopong, near Tzaneen in Limpopo Province for the Thušanang Trust. The Trust is a non-profit founded in 1986 to train teachers and establish community-based Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

This is the third in a series of podcasts to be recorded while I was participating in the project as a guest academic staff member. In this episode, recorded during week two of the second phase of the four-week build, I speak again to staff, students and stakeholders in the project as it nears handover to crèche teacher Joyce (pictured, above right). The project ends with a joyful celebration organised by Joyce and fellow community members, at which the students' #ProjectIthuta became the new Mothopong Crèche.

The call for papers for the forthcoming session on transnational live projects mentioned at the end of the episode can be found at colonialandpostcoloniallandscapes.com/sessions (deadline 30 June, 2018).

These podcasts have been made possible by the University of Nottingham Department of Architecture and Built Environment, which has paid for my travel, accommodation and sustenance while in South Africa. Neither the University nor the Thušanang Trust has approved nor endorsed the views and opinions expressed in these podcasts.