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ISCOR Children's Centre
Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng

Mira FASSLER KAMSTRA: Design Architect
McLENNAN, CHALLIS and ROY: Architect in association



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26°40'54.33" S 27°49'39.64" E

The Vanderbijlpark Estate Company (VESCO) was established in 1944 as a Section 21 Company "an association not for gain" to develop Vanderbijlpark as well as some of the surrounding townships.

Several facilities were established by VESCO to complement the physical development of the community, including the ISCOR Children's Centre (now trading as Tjokkieland Creche).

The ISCOR Children's Centre enabled female shift workers to be employed as machine operators, as their children could be cared for during their shifts. A tartan grid was used to create a series of internal courtyards and a secure internal circulation route. Planning was complicated by the hour-long period at the shift change that had to be accommodated, when all children were present. The older children were separated into boys and girls sections; the toddlers were in a single section.

Information on building provided by Mira Fassler Kamstra, June 2021.

Submitted by William A. Martinson.