WUCT employs 55 people, all of whom are in their own right WUCT stars. Here’s just a few stories of the amazing people who work for us.
Born in Wynberg, at 6 months he was diagnosed with Polio and was in hospital until he was 4 years old. Trevor and his mother were given a place to live by Cafda, in Retreat, where his 2 sisters and 2 brothers grew up, and where Trevor stayed until the age of 32. The eldest of 5, Trevor is fortunate that his siblings remain in Cape Town and he has lived in Westlake for many years, with his friend. In his spare time Trevor likes to chill, but also coaches basketball in Bellville. He is the leader of the Westlake Community Foundation for people with disability.
André Isaacs, WUCT, Caretaker
Born in Cape Town, André left school at the age of 15, steered towards a life of gangsterism by his uncles, aunts and cousins.He later moved to Parkwood and was blessed with the presence of the Lord who turned his life around.He joined the Doctrine of Christ church where he met his wife of 16 years.This life changing experience enabled André to get back in touch with his daughter, then 14 years old, from a previous relationship and be part of her life.She is now 21 and earned her matric.With his wife Susan he has two girls, 16 and 10.He has been living in Westlake for 15 years, worked initially at Hanger Man in Steenberg, for 4 years, and then at WUCT since 2005.André is a devout Christian, serves on the Church council as an evangelist, and his wife and daughter sing in the Worship Team.In his spare time he prays with his wife. André’s favourite colour is red, the colour of energy, passion and action.
Veronica Weier, Home Based Care, 2nd in command
Veronica is an ordinary woman making an extraordinary impact in her corner of the world.
She and her husband live in Westlake Village, an impoverished community juxtaposed amongst the wealth of Constantia and Tokai. As a pillar of society there, she is on the governing body at Westlake Primary School, a health worker for Westlake United Church Trust and a councillor for the trauma rooms at Kirstenhof Police Station.
But what really sets Veronica apart is her unconditional love and generosity toward the children in Westlake. As if fostering just 1 child is not hard work enough, her humble home has been designated a Safe House and an additional 6 children (aged 1 ½ to 13 years old) have been warmly welcomed in. With little or no funding from social welfare for these children, times are lean but hope abounds.
Four of these children were found under the bridge of the M3, at the Ou Kaapse Weg turnoff. Veronica and her husband’s love, care and nurturing of these children is slowly enabling them to reach for the bright futures they deserve. The eldest has been nominated for a scholarship at the Norman Henshilwood High School.
JAPIE FRANCKE – GROUNDSMAN – Emmanuel Educare
Japie is the friendly, hard working groundsman and ‘Jack of all Trades” (in his own words) at Emmanuel Educare. He can be found happily maintaining the gardens and taking care of numerous duties – too many to outline. He is always cheerful and never complains. Happily married to Anna with 4 children, Japie works hard to support his growing family of children and grandchildren. Watching sport on tv is his wistful dream, “When I get a tv, he says, I will watch golf and swimming”. Japie is a good soul who is always helpful at home, work and in the community of Westlake. He appreciates his work, as a means of supporting himself and his family. We are blessed to have Japie on board as a staff member for the past 7 years.
PATRICIA JORDAAN BOSCH – CARETAKER
For the past 3 years, Patrica has worked as cleaner and tea lady and blessed us all with her happy, helpful spirit. She is married to Christopher and has 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Previously she worked at Reddam House Takeaway (which has subsequently closed down) and also at Elephant Eye coffee shop. This influenced her passion for cooking and serving her neighbours, community and church. ‘Aunty Patti”, as she is affectionately known as, by the neighhood children, is often askd for food and sweets. She always obliges as she has a desire to help children in need. Her hobbies are singing and praying, and she is often heard humming as she goes around her duties, and we are sure her church (Westlake Community Church) is blessed by her prayers.
ANNA FRANCKE – COOK
For the past 9 years, Anna Francke has cooked the amazing food at Emmanuel Educare Kitchen which feeds 180 school children daily with a nurtritious breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks. While she cooks with a loving smile, tastebuds water at the appetizing aroma wafting through the corridors. What lucky children to have this wonderful cook who is known at work and in the community for her tasty stew, her signature dish! Anna is married to Japie and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren (en Anna lag en se “die kombuis is nou gesluit”, ). She is well known at the school for her wonderful flower arrangements taught to her by our ex-Headmistress Eleanor Lawrence. She has a passion for cooking and baking and enjoys her work and we enjoy the wonderful service of Anna who is the longest serving kitchen staff member.
MARIA GEDULD – HEAD COOK
Our cheerful, hardworking cook Maria is also Head Cook at Emmanuel Educare, sharing this highly responsible position with Anna Francke. We are blessed to have Maria who manages stock take at the school and also serves the delicious pastas and aromatic food that the children enjoy daily. Her passions are baking, cooking and baking bread. The lovely smells from Maria’s cooking draws many people to the kitchen as all ask ‘What did Maria cook today?”. Maria is married to Japie Geduld and has a combined 9 children and 13 grandchildren. Life is not easy with this patient, smiling woman as she is sole breadwinner and has many dependants but ‘die Here sorg na haar” and she lovingly serves her large family. Recently Maria attended a cooking course and gave feedback to all the kitchen staff on the aspects of Food preparation, Food safety and hygiene, Nutritious Meals and Food etiquette. (Please refer to our website for more on this). What a joy it is to have Maria on board for the past 8 years and we so lucky to have this gentle soul!