XX Light at the end of the tunnel

The part that follows – don’t berate –

  Much detail does it hold

How plans into actions translate

  Before your eyes unfold

 

It may appear superfluous

  Detailing points minute

But one can’t be too scrupulous

  Their impact – don’t dilute

 

Activities are quite frantic

  As contractors are sought

Not all at once – it’s too drastic –

  If to the scene they’re brought

 

Bring in the experts – one by one –

  Each of them plays a role

And so each task will soon be done

  The parts that make the whole

 

Plan carefully the task sequence

  The work plan let all know

Consider well the consequence

  Of a disruptive flow

 

With skill plot step by step the course

  Which best results would yield

Much of the work one could outsource

  To trained ones in the field

 

Local economy support

  At all times this must try

Large companies – a last resort –

  Employ the local guy

 

For every task ask three or four

  In a specific field

To come and carefully explore

  And then their quotes to yield

 

Select the offers from the floor

  Those with the lowest quotes

But look at what they’ve done before

  Ere casting final votes

 

Make sure they are reputable

  Track records must be good

With service that’s reliable

  The test of time withstood

 

The first step of this complex road

  Promotes the project flow

Remove the mountain – a great load –

  All rubble – it must go

 

Move out the tables desks and chairs

  And take the black board down

Accumulations without heirs

  In which one may well drown

 

If there’s a need a wall to break

  Then do so at the start

Take out the rubbish in its wake

  Remove it in a cart

 

Be careful if you have to bash

  A wall to join two rooms

Without support the roof may crash

  These rooms doomed to be tombs

 

An engineer one must consult

  A person who is skilled

Who’ll bring about a safe result

  There’s no need to be killed

 

Seek out the expert one’s advice

  Display due diligence

On points like these do be precise

  Maintain close vigilance

 

Some walls support the whole structure

  A strengthening effect

Removing them may cause rupture

  Treat these walls with respect

 

If such a wall is taken down

  Install a concrete beam

This complex task may raise a frown

  A challenge for the team

 

Make sure the contractors you hired

  Are duly qualified

That in the past they’ve not been fired

  Are tested and are tried

 

For any major building task

  A permit must be bought

Help from the architects must ask

  Their input must be sought

 

In cases where one has to build

  A venue from the ground

Deep down foundations must be drilled

  To give support that’s sound

 

For this task schools may get a crew

  Of volunteers involved

Some dads and uncles – they will do –

  Their help will get this solved

 

When it comes down to real building

  The brickwork and the roof

Non experts can’t be tinkering

  You need the expert’s proof

 

Get done all of the messy work

  The ceiling and the floor

Solve all the hitches there may lurk

  For snags there are galore

 

Much time this process does consume

  P Ms must be admired

Their expertise one must assume

  Great patience is required

 

At last – when done the building work –

  The waters calm once more

When one can peer through all the murk

  Then starts the painting chore

 

Room painting is no complex task

  It takes an able man

A woman – who to help may ask –

  A brush and a paint can

 

All of these able willing souls

  Can pitch in – work for free –

It helps to fill financial holes

  To quite a large degree

 

When there’s no more to renovate

  Then starts the next event

The room – get in a safety state –

  To the utmost extent

 

It is important to secure

  The room quite early on

Before one starts things to procure

  Or else all will be gone

 

According to the project plan

  Contractors one must find

To cover the entire span

  The room secure to bind

 

The items listed don’t neglect

  Be strict – conform to spec –

It is essential to protect

  Lest burglars it should wreck

 

The safety bars must not be thin

  They must be thick and strong

The burglars – may they never win –

  Their tries must all go wrong

 

The stone guards on the outside wall

  Firm be they and robust 

No stone or rock may through them fall

  They are an abs’lute must

 

A flimsy gate is not enough

  To keep intruders out

One’s needed that is strong and tough

  The thieving one to flout

 

Attempt to find a safety door

  One made of heavy steel

Impossible through it to bore

  No one the goods can steal

 

Fort Knox – a place that’s quite secure –

  The lessons to be learned

Of entry points make doubly sure

  Full safety will be earned

 

The same rule you can here apply

  Pants with a belt you hold

To feel secure and keep them high

  Are braces to you sold

 

A double safety door is not

  An over kill at all

It will keep out the wicked lot

  The thieves both great and small

 

So brace it up and bolt it down

  Of thieves who’re bold beware

Protect the lab like a fine crown

  Be brave and take good care

 

One hopes that when the room’s secured

  And doors are firmly locked

All things that are to be procured

  Will be securely stocked

 

Whilst planning it is ascertained

  What the requirements are

For power lines that must be gained

  To bring it up to par

 

The plug point number is well known

  As well as distances

On layout diagrams are shown

  All of these instances

 

When dealing with a contractor

  About the power line

Do make request for one thing more

  A good network design

 

A trunk for electricity

  In most cases could be

A tube for connectivity

  Great savings one will see

 

Quotes from contractors now obtain

  Those fully qualified

The service of the best retain

  With whom you’re satisfied

 

When at the end this job is done

  Check out that each part works

It certainly will be no fun

  If there are left some quirks

 

Obtain a clear certificate

  Required by the law

It will the P M vindicate

  If done without a flaw

 

Check each plug point if it is right

  Does it switch on and off

Do an inspection of the site

  At this task – do not scoff

 

When covers are laid on the floor

  The timing must be right

Just one task at a time – no more –

  Lest the contractors fight

 

Must carpets come after work tops

  Or must the tops be last

What sequence will disrupt the ops

  Or move the work forth fast

 

This issue must be looked at by

  The project manager

Who tries to make the project fly

  Serves as an arbiter

 

For work tops now take out the spec

  Find woodwork contract firms

Or private persons who won’t wreck

  Deliver on your terms

 

A donor may the wood supply

  Which cuts down on the price

To save some money – that is why –

  One sponsors would entice

 

Or maybe woodwork teachers could

  Provide a handmade brand

If only you provide the wood

  They’ll gladly lend a hand

 

The project manager of course

  Must keep a watchful eye

Regardless of the labour source

  Performance must stay high

 

It may be that the wood’s too thin

  Great weights it can not hold

If it collapses – what a sin –

  What stories will be told

 

Keep work tops firm against the wall

  Use long and strong steel bolts

Collapses and mishaps forestall

  Protect against all jolts

 

That surfaces are smooth – ensure –

  And corners too are safe

Poor workmanship do not endure

  The learners may not chafe

 

The distance from work space to floor

    This must not be too low –

If height’s not right then do implore

  Please let the table grow

 

Technology may come and go

  But all the structures stay

Cost of maintaining – if kept low –

  Will in the long run pay

 

So build it good and build it strong

  Ensure its quality

In that case it will stay for long

  And serve posterity

 

At this time also get some quotes

  For chairs one needs to buy

To choose the best – get teachers’ votes –

  First let them test and try

 

If you agreed on chairs up front

  The ones to be acquired

Don’t compromise on what you want

  Get just what is required

 

The fire fighting kit procure

  – One must protect the room –

P Cs teachers and kids secure

  A safeguard against doom

 

The project manager must see

  That all rules are obeyed

A route for access there must be

  Escape can’t be delayed

 

Arrangement for the aircon must

  By now be near complete

Stick to suppliers one can trust

  And from the rest retreat

 

Install and test and cool the room

  The comfort you will feel

The power that aircons consume

  Is not too big a deal

 

To get the light glare rectified

  – The way that one must go –

The project plan identified

  How to get rid of glow

 

If curtains you choose have them made

  By those who volunteer

Match colour to the carpets laid

  This is the mothers’ sphere

 

Perhaps the parents even had

  A fund raising event

For their help be so very glad

  They saved a pretty cent

 

If blinds were chosen you must get

  The quotes for these as well

When cost is high then do not fret

  The blinds will look so swell

 

The smart look that these blinds provide

  This you must not erode

In matching floors and blinds take pride

  Take care to colour code

 

The budget route poor schools may choose

  Glass panes are painted white

The object is the glare to lose

  Let through – enough soft light

 

A white board one may also fit

  At this stage of the plan

The black board’s use now firmly quit

  Do place on it a ban

 

Plan its position with great care

  Don’t put it near the sky

It will the teachers’ effort spare

  If it is not too high

 

As every infrastructure task

  Is panting to its end

It may well be the time to ask

  What else is there to mend

 

Once you install technology

  There is no time to waste

A Q A methodology

  Must firmly be in place

 

Check all the items on the list

  And see if they’ve been done

And if it’s found one has been missed

  Reduce it soon to none

 

Go through it with a fine tooth comb

  The search must be quite rich

This should not be a casual roam

  Catch each and every glitch

 

All hardware orders one must place

  Before there is a need

Delivery delays you’ll face

  If this rule you don’t heed

 

A statement of needs must be there

  Prepare a shopping list

Schools must their needs up front declare

  All negligence resist

 

The items from the list you get

  Right from the project plan

This means there is no need to fret

  Just do a P P scan

 

If there’s a state tender in place

  By all means then use this

Else breach of law perhaps you’ll face

  Take care – don’t be remiss

 

When formal tenders are not there

  Quotations then collect

These documents with care compare

  From them the best select

 

First look at those of lowest cost

  This makes financial sense

But see that quality’s not lost

  When saving a few pence

 

Work quality – this must be high –

  Get value for each rand

Select vendors who can supply

  They must have stocks on hand

 

Their post sales service must be good

  Or else you may be stuck

Work ethics of a few are crude

  They love to pass the buck

 

When hardware vendors you select

  Make sure they’re best of breed

Choose ones for whom you have respect

  Whose claims will not mislead

 

The hardware items you must check

  Each one as they arrive

One item missing – sure to wreck –

  The installation drive

 

The absence of one single chip

  May have a bad result

The domino effect may tip

  The blocks into tumult

 

The I T staff may be one’s own

  Or you can buy skills in

Some partners even may staff loan

  If none are found within

 

The installation is quite quick

  Of the topology

In fact it can be very slick

  With known technology

 

If one goes off the beaten track

  In search of something new

Be wary of the ones who hack

  The project may go skew

 

A complex option is not best

  Most often it is worse

It is more difficult to test

  And heavy on the purse

 

It’s in your interest to try

  – And get all to agree –

Technology to simplify

  Make this your urgent plea

 

Once all the items are in place

  Then test them bit by bit

Make sure that every interface

  Into the whole does fit

 

When done you must be satisfied

  That all is working well

The screens and keyboards have been tried

  No bug left to expel

 

The network now must be installed

  A high tech exercise

For this the experts will be called

  Those who are I T wise

 

It is a good time at this stage

  To let the web arrive

Create also an e-mail page

  You are now e-alive

 

At times when P Cs are installed

  Chaos is left behind

A cable jungle – one’s appalled –

  Of the most messy kind

 

These wires – take some time to clean –

  Their source can just be guessed

Connect mouse C P U and screen

  Akin to a crow’s nest

 

They are not difficult to tie

  Keep them out of the way

Neat tubes and pipes – these one could try

  The cables trim must stay

 

The fewer wires learners see

  The less there are to yank

Though this is not a guarantee

  That they won’t try a prank

 

Keep learners on a narrow track

  Temptation do not court

Their curiosity cut back

  The urge to fiddle – thwart

 

Next comes the time to load software

  That one will need to teach

It will be used while you prepare

  The learners’ minds to reach

 

Procure the software on the list

  That will your needs fulfill

To get more products – do resist –

  They may not fit the bill

 

The vendors now must be involved

  To share their expertise

If their reluctance can’t be solved

  Then do put on the squeeze

 

Wise ones from quick sales shy away

  And give enough support

They know the help they give today

  Won’t cut their profits short

 

Most vendors are quite willing though

  To help you where they can

And let the teachers’ knowledge grow

  Resistance thereby ban

 

Now please don’t get this point all wrong

  Not all teachers resist

Most of them have a will that’s strong

  To learn they will persist

 

There is much catching up to do

  And expertise to spread

No time to lose – lots to pursue –

    I T moves fast ahead

 

All software likewise one must test

  Get rid of ev’ry hitch

Make sure there’s no remaining pest

  Or a residual glitch

 

When all the tests are brought to end

  And all the trials are done

No item left that one must mend

  The lab is set to run

 

Handover of the lab takes place

  The first goal has been met

Work done has laid a perfect base

  For more – the scene is set

 

Before discussing the next phase

  A tribute must be paid

P Ms – to them the greatest praise –

  For their project crusade

 

The P Ms play a crucial role

  In Khanya’s processes

They take care that the project’s whole

  That there are no messes

 

Without the P Ms’ carefulness

  In labs chaos would reign

They take away all nervousness

  Good order they maintain

 

They are ones well experienced

  In project management

Of this be thoroughly convinced

  No counter argument

 

When finally their task does end

  Those who co-ordinate

Will others in P Ms’ place send

  Who will facilitate

 

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