PROJECT GATEWAY NEWS

As we enter the beginning of October we are reminded of the day 30 years ago when we “walked” around the Old Pietermaritzburg Prison. The Keys were given too Dominee Dreyer and the main door pushed open. An exciting moment indeed but also one filled with awe and trepidation. What…
Empowerment Craft Training and Asset Based Community Development. – 30 year book. The Crafters' Training Programme continued throughout 2011 and 2012. The funding was received as a result of Project Gateway being honoured with a Merit Award at the Impumelelo Community Awards at Arts Cape, in Cape Town in May…
We are called together to show kindness towards one another in the world that has experienced broken relationships, wars, hunger, racism and worse cases of political oppression and economic exclusion. The best and effective way to show kindness is through the giving of your natural gifts and talents to improve…
In times such as these Project Gateway has not stopped showing unusual kindness even in the mist of these unprecedented times. As a church based NGO, we have decided to learn new ways of doing development and welfare programmes because of the Covid-19 Pandemic. By looking, asking and meeting people…
30 Years of the Gateway taking people from poverty to prosperity. 20 weeks to D-DAY!! It is now less than 20 weeks until we celebrate the handing over of the “keys” to the Old Prison by the Department of Public Works. Our “fundraiser” of 30’s has been launched and we…
30 Years of the Gateway taking people from poverty to prosperity. 30 weeks to D-DAY!! It is now less than 30 weeks until we celebrate the handing over of the “keys” to the Old Prison by the Department of Public Works. Our “fundraiser” of 30’s has been launched and we…
From the desk of our CEO As I write this update article on what Project Gateway has been involved with during 2021 I am reminded as to where we have come from this past year. The end of 2020 saw us PG grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 situation in South…
30 Years of the Gateway taking people from poverty to prosperity. 30 weeks to D-DAY!! It is now 30 weeks until we celebrate the handing over of the “keys” to the Old Prison by the Department of Public Works. We have decided to launch a “fundraiser” of 30’s. So we…
Happy New Year “As Project Gateway returns back to work in January 2021 we would like to wish all our beneficiaries and supporters a prosperous 2021. We do realize that we are in the midst of a world-wide pandemic and Project Gateway has been affected as much as any other…
This is an edited extract from Flashes in Her Soul: The Life of Jabu Ndlovu, an account of the life of a shop steward of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), who was also a community leader in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg. It was first published in 1991 and …
Jabu was born in Nhlabamkhosi, Impendle. Her family, the Mkhizes, had come to live there in 1911 when her father, Phambano, was a young boy. Jabu’s grandfather was a policeman in Impendle. He built himself a house and the family had fields to plant crops and land to graze cattle.…
SOME NOTEWORTHY PRISONERS IMPRISONED IN OUR PRISON. King Dinizulu King Dinizulu, son of King Cetshwayo was imprisoned twice in Pietermaritzburg – once in 1888, before his exile to St Helena, and again in 1907 for his complicity in the Bambatha Rebellion. Kasturba Gandhi The wife of Mahandas Gandhi, she joined…
Once time has been spent in the Museum Building downstairs, visitors may visit the Kasturba Gandhi Exhibition on the first floor. We also have a reading room and a computer educational room for research purposes. Once complete, visitors leave the Main Historical Block to an external interpretation point with information…
Main Historical Exhibition Visitors to the Museum start their tour from the Tourist office or Reception area. They then receive a brief site overview from the tour guide. The first stop is the original Prison Cell Block, constructed in 1862. This building is now officially The Museum. This block contains…
 Initial planning and investigations on this project have identified a proposed naming and branding of the heritage site as ‘The Old Pietermaritzburg Prison’. The concept of Old Prison Museum was established in 1996 when the Executive Board of Project Gateway gave permission for this concept to be materialised. It was…
SCHOOL FIELD Project Gateway managed to access a portion of funding to go ahead with site renovation at Gateway Christian School. Due to the increase in the number of children we embarked on the process of leveling an area at the school that would give a far bigger area to…
 As South Africa was plunged into what we all thought was a 5 week lockdown, we found ourselves inundated with requests for food support from Pastors around the city as many of their communities, and livelihood was suddenly stopped. People and informal traders who live from hand to mouth by…
Project Gateway was started formally in 1992 when the Constitution was signed by 23 Churches from Pietermaritzburg. This in itself was a “Miracle of God”. They were Churches representing all races, most denominations and different languages. Yet God brought these men together to fulfil a common vision. “Start a place…
It is with deep regret that we at Project Gateway record the death of Zeph Keswa. Zeph passed away at this home in Frans township, Pietermaritzburg on 4th June 2020. Members of the senior management had seen and spoken to Zeph a few weeks before his death, as he arrived…
It was in Pietermaritzburg in 1893 that a young Indian lawyer, Mohandas Gandhi, took a decision that irrevocably committed him to his political and religious destiny as a leader. After he left South Africa in 1914 he led the struggle for the national independence of India, and the non-violent methods…
Gateway School of Fashion was launched in January 2008. In the year 2007, Karen Millen (OBE) a well-known UK Fashion Designer and Sheelagh Wright who Heads up Fashion at the University of Creative Arts in Rochester visited Project Gateway. Thanks to Karen’s financial contribution through a London based Funder, HOPE…
Before the unprecedented lockdown period in South Africa which came almost at the end of the first term in April Gateway Christian School was well on its way to a very successful year. However we needed to cut the term short by a few days and send the children home…
Regarding the virus, ‘lockdown’ in the UK has been in place for almost two months now. There are still long queues for supermarket shopping and most other shops and banks, and all restaurants, cinemas, libraries, gyms and other public places are closed. Only shops selling essential items such as food…
 We are excited to bring you the first of many blogs, our aim through this platform is to keep you informed what of we doing as Project Gateway. South Africa and the world have come to a standstill recently since the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been and I’m sure, will…