‘Techno Gogo’ elated after course

2015-12-17 06:00
 Silulo Technology founding member Luvuyo Rani addressing computer course graduates at Yesu Unathi Church on Saturday. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Silulo Technology founding member Luvuyo Rani addressing computer course graduates at Yesu Unathi Church on Saturday. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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Technology is here to stay! These words were uttered by a veteran nursing professional upon completing a computer course at the Silulo Ulutho Technology last week.

Nokuzola Bantom,67, was addressing about 400 fellow graduates after completing a six months intensive computer course training at the academy.

Bantom said she never “knew that computer knowledge was vital until she touched it”.

“Technology has become a powerful tool these days, if you know how to use it, you can’t stagnate,” said Bantom.

One of the graduates Thobeka Dyonase was so proud to receive her certificate.

“I am very happy today to have learnt computing because now I can communicate with my son who stays in Switzerland on the many platforms that are available there,” she said.

Xolani Vakala a construction worker who felt he needed to have “some skill in life” was almost in tears as he accepted his certificate.

“It’s been hard work but now I can type my CV and in future I will be able to draw up my own business plans and possibly start my own business,” he said holding firmly to his neatly framed qualification.

Winemaker Rosemary Mosia also motivated the graduates and urged them never to give up in their quest to gain education.

“Many of you are doing these courses part-time because you have families and children to take care of, that is a sign of dedication and commitment,” said Rosemary who founded The Bridge Wines with her twin daughters, Lebohang and Moleboheng.

She said any “success story” like that of Silulo Ulutho Technology founder Luvuyo Rani began with a dream.

She urged the graduates to continue enriching their “educational lives because ultimately there will be fruits of hard labour”.

Addressing the learners himself, Luvuyo Rani, said he was pleased to see such a large number receiving certificates.

“This is a start for many of you and our doors are open for you to come and ask for assistance and advice,” said Rani.

He said their company has formed strategic partnerships with many companies to enable their students to get “further training opportunities”.

Rani was this year nominated for an award at the Junior Chamber International in Germany, ten years after he started Silulo Ulutho Technologies from his car boot.

Rani was nominated in the category of business, economic and entrepreneurial accomplishment.

He said it was a great honour to represent South Africa at the JCI World Congress in November in Leipzig, Germany.

Rani added that it was also a privilege to be one of the only two Africans nominated for the award.

The JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World programme honours 10 outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year.

These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities.

Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, they create positive impact on a local and global level.

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