Skills for a bright future

2016-08-24 06:00
THE disabled women with departmental officials of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism after they received their certificates. Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE disabled women with departmental officials of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism after they received their certificates. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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“NOTHING can prevent you from excelling. The best is yet to come. That is why we hope that the next Woman of the Year award will soon be scooped by one of you.

“Remember, you are who you see yourselves as.”

Those were the inspiring words of Drinie Sampson, the acting head of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Sampson handed over accredited certificates to 19 physically disabled women during a special ceremony at the Protea Hotel on Friday (19/08).

She urged them to make use of the opportunities made available to them after the completion of their Seda-accredited business skills development training course earlier in July.

The women all have different kinds of disabilities and are now equipped with the skills needed to run their own businesses, including creating more jobs.

The department, which had coordinated the session, linked it appropriately to Women’s Month celebrations.

According to the head of the department, the next step is to link them with other businesses, while prioritising it and motivating the women to build their own brands and participate in small businesses.

Magdeline Motlhabone (57), who is wheelchair bound, sees a bright future for her baking business.

“This is an exact way of taking one’s business somewhere. This certificate really motivates me more,” she said while holding her certificate.

“We were taught how to manage our own businesses, budgeting and taking risks.”

According to her, some good examples of successful businesses showed her strong managerial points.

Keitumetse July, who owns TK’s Biltong and Chilli Bites based at the Galeshewe taxi rank, also revealed that all she wants now is to grow her business.

“I am still building my own brand within my community in Galeshewe by also delivering my biltong to local taverns.

“I believe that it will grow, because I have never allowed my disability to let me go to bed hungry.

“I am dyslexic, thus I decided to use my hands to make a living,” she said proudly.

“Even though I cannot write, my hands can still do other things, which is why I never even mention my disability.”

She revealed that she started her biltong business with her boyfriend, who later gave it up as he felt it was too slow for him.

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