Youngsters qualify as cashiers, security guards after course

2016-11-10 06:00
Thalia Southgate, senior learning and development officer for DBM, Sigqibo Phangabantu, managing director of Yoto Technologies, Thandi Mabena, senior HR manager for DBM, Domingos Valbom, general manager for DBM, Francesco Turchettis, Head of Talent at Anglo American, Justice Xesha, DBM Shop Steward, with the graduate cashiers at the back.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Thalia Southgate, senior learning and development officer for DBM, Sigqibo Phangabantu, managing director of Yoto Technologies, Thandi Mabena, senior HR manager for DBM, Domingos Valbom, general manager for DBM, Francesco Turchettis, Head of Talent at Anglo American, Justice Xesha, DBM Shop Steward, with the graduate cashiers at the back. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Hopes for a better life have been revived as groups of unemployed Khayelitsha youth received certificates after completing a course as cashiers.

The graduation ceremony was held at the Look-out Hill, where about 60 youths received certificates after being trained under a programme sponsored by De Beers Marine (DBM).

Yoto Technologies offered the course.

The youngsters came from as diverse areas as Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Phillipi, Mfuleni and Delft.

Sigqibo Pangabantu, managing director of Yoto Technologies, said 70 percent of students completed the course with 60 percent above the total average marks on their certificates, which meant immediate employment for those who cut the grade.

Ndithini Thyido, the chairperson of the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF), promised that he would make a plan for 10 of the graduates to get employment at the local retail stores.

“Khayelitsha still needs skills. It is one of the poverty stricken areas in the country. If one person gets a job, it means he or she will take care of at least six other people in the family. I would like to thank De Beers for the project and we are looking forward to partner with you to develop Khayelitsha. I can commit on behalf of KDF to take 10 cashiers to get direct employment,” he said.

One of the graduates, Nwabisa Longo, 25, from Gugulethu, said she was over the moon.

“It will help me a lot, because I will now be able to apply for work...Now I have hope of getting a job, because I am unemployed,” Longo said.

Thandi Mabena, senior Human Resource Manager at DBM, said this was the first, of many to come, groups to be trained as cashiers by DBM.

Mabena also said they have trained 46 youngsters from between Du Noon, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and Mitchells Plain, as security guards this year and another 19 are undergoing training.

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