Local woman nominated for award

2008-03-07 00:00

WHILE training is at the centre of a vibrant Pietermaritzburg-based entrepreneur’s endeavours, youth and community upliftment are two issues that always remain close to Tessa Green-Mills’s heart.

Green-Mills — who owns Training Services and Integrated Consultants (TSIC) — was recently nominated for the Emergent Black Businessperson of the Year award at the 2007 Nedbank Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) Business Awards.

TSIC was established by Green-Mills five years ago and has grown into a company with a strong focus on women and youth empowerment.

Born in Pietermaritzburg, Green-Mills spent her early childhood living in a church community in the city.

“We left Woodlands to live at St Joan of Arc Church in (relative) poverty, in order to identify and try to live a life with all races, creeds, denominations and the impoverished members of our communities and the country at large. This was pre-1994 elections and hence made a huge impact on the person I am today,” she said.

After counselling for three years, Green-Mills spent a year abroad and returned to SA to become an independent contractor. After completing her occupationally-directed Education Training and Development qualification and working for an NGO and a private-sector company, she decided to establish TSIC with the resources at her disposal.

Green-Mills stressed that life-long learning is a very important element of her company’s work. The success of TSIC has enabled Green-Mills to pursue her passion, namely community development-centred youth, vulnerable children, counselling and mentorship.

While the development of an assessment centre for the recognition of prior learning is her immediate goal, she hopes to one day establish a camp for young adults to learn life skills. “We need to start at the source of impact training and development and then watch our country grow.”

kavith@witness.co.za

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