Siemens made a promise to Nelson Mandela to build a high school in the small rural village of Mvezo, Madiba’s birthplace.

This was a massive undertaking, but true to their word, Siemens built a state of the art facility, brilliantly executed, a first in the area.

TechRig Technical Solutions Agency was selected by CLA Event & Brand Engineering as the preferred technical supplier for the official opening of the school on 17th January 2014.

The opening was a big event that included guest of honor, President Jacob Zuma, the MEC for the Eastern Cape, other dignitaries, international guests, local chiefs and the community of Mvezo.

As the technical support TechRig supplied all the sound, stage, and lighting equipment needed for the massive event (3000 guests attended) with both indoor and outdoor setup. Due to the size of the event and the remote location of the school this amazing project was not without its challenges. “Logistics were a challenge, securing sufficient power, audibility and clarity on the multi-camera production was no small feat ensuring all guests felt included in this momentous occasion, then there was the scorching heat and incessant rain’ notes TechRig CEO Michael Collyer, “we had to be ready to handle anything in a remote location. This meant having all necessary backups, including, light, sound, generators, and playback to control projectors, LED and microphones.

Mandela’s passion was education “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’ – Nelson Mandela. In honour of Madiba and Siemens legacy to him, TechRig took the opportunity of assisting this phenomenal endeavor, sponsoring R150 000 worth of technical equipment to the school as part of their CSR which included a new PA system and projector installed in the school hall, as well as a screen, playback and projector in the teachers staffroom.