Artisan ready to work

2016-11-16 06:00
Charles Moyo, a newly qualified diesel mechanic through the Phakamile Mabija Artisan Programme, was amongst the proud graduates at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre on Thursday (10/11).  Photo: Boipelo Mere

Charles Moyo, a newly qualified diesel mechanic through the Phakamile Mabija Artisan Programme, was amongst the proud graduates at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre on Thursday (10/11). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Charles Moyo, a newly qualified diesel mechanic, is looking foward to starting a new chapter with the working class after graduating through the Phakamile Mabija Artisan programme on Thursday (10/11).

Thanking the government for the chance to be part of the Phakamile Mabija Artisan programme, which is one of the projects of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), he is ready to find work, earn money and become independent.

This is unlike the challenge faced by many young people in the province.

The programme is a National Youth Service (NYS) programme, aimed at capacitating youth nationwide.

Implemented as a government voluntary programme, this national project is aimed at engaging young people in a disciplined process of economic and personal development.

The programme was implemented in response to the continuous challenge of unemployment amongst the youth, which is especially challenging in the rural Northern Cape.

The graduation ceremony was hosted by the acting premier, Mxolisi Sokatsha.

The ceremony was held concurrently with the Long Service Awards for the Department of Roads and Public Works at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre.

Proudly sharing the highlights of his experiences within the programme, Moyo’s biggest break is the ability to help his parents financially to support his two brothers in completing their schooling.

He said that after learning that his parents could not afford to pay for tertiary education, his disappointment was turned into happiness by the programme.

He pledged that he will continue to make everyone proud by working hard, as he did through the many hours of training and lessons that he learnt mostly from the mines, where he enjoyed every lesson.

“I have learnt true discipline, responsibility and following the rules at the mines, which I believe are crucial lessons to learn in a working environment.

“You have to have confidence in whatever you are doing, because they want no mistakes, but perfection. Taking responsibility is the key, because it is so strict that if you do not obey the rules, you are out,” emphasised Moyo.

Four mining sectors, namely Sishen Mine, Kimberley Mine, Afrisam and Blackrock Mine, joined in partnerships in which Blackrock Mine assisted with the third intake of the artisan programme that started in 2015.

  • Sokatsha has called upon more stakeholders to come on board. The artisan programme was named after the late Phakamile Mabija, who was an African anti-apartheid activist.

He was detained by the South African police on 27 June 1977 for alleged involvement in an incident involving black commuters throwing stones at public transport during a bus boycott in Galeshewe, Kimberley.

Mabija was due to appear in court on 8 July 1977 under charges of the Riotous Assemblies Act, but died in detention on 7 July 1977 – the day before his scheduled court hearing.

The real cause of his death is unknown, although the police of the apartheid years reported that he plunged from the 6th floor of the Transvaal Road Police Station in Kimberley.

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