Skills NGO honours its young achievers

2010-06-29 00:00

SCHOOL Leavers Opportunity Training (Slot) hosted an evening to celebrate its achievements over the years.

The celebrations were held last week at Tala Game Reserve. In attendance were uMsunduzi Mayor Mike Tarr and his wife.

Slot invited local business leaders and The Witness editor, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya, who has heard success stories about Slot.

Slot is a training NGO which specialises in imparting life skills and workplace training to people between the ages 18 to 35.

Many of them are matriculants, but all are unemployed and need skills to enter the job market.

Slot also trains potential entrepreneurs and provides information technology training at its IT centre.

Thando Ndimande, director of Thando’s Electrical, told The Witness of what he has achieved since he received training in the Slot programme.

“I was introduced by a friend to Slot in 1999, when I had just dropped out of Mangosuthu Technikon because I had financial constrains.

“After leaving the technikon, I worked as a casual for a clothing department store,” said Ndimande.

The he participated in a two-week introductory programme at Slot.

“After the Slot’s programme, I enrolled at Tac Tac to do my electrical engineering course for about 18 months.

“Then I worked as a lecturer at Tac Tac for a year before opening up my own company, which I co-owned with Tac Tac director Don Parker.”

Ndimande said: “In 2005, Slot and Tac Tac assisted me in opening my own business, called Thando’s Electrical.

“My business has been able to employ about 23 permanent staff. We hire people from Tac Tac, and because it has a good reputation, we also hire people who applied for vacant positions.”

“Being a Christian who subscribes to discipline, with the help of Slot I was able to turn my life around,” he said.

“I think a lot more young people can change their lives if they get proper guidance, and Slot is one of those organisations that is able to provide that kind of mentoring for hopeless young people.”

Slot director Dave Lunderstedt said the organisation realises that challenges in Edendale can become a time bomb if they are not dealt with effectively.

“We invited leaders from all kinds of spheres because there is amazing power sitting among us. How can we use that power to help our ailing society?

“Partnerships are a way to go because they would be a win-win situation for everyone involved,” said Lunderstedt.

“I have a dream to see the City of Choice become an economic giant in this country and the only way to do that is by changing young people’s lives in all our wards.”

Among the bands performing at the event were the world renowned London Brass and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra brass section.

The evening also featured a performance by the youth choir of the Pietermariztburg Choral Society under the baton of Dr Joshua Radebe.

Dancing and drama presentations were made by youth from the greater Edendale area.

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