An inspiration to his peers

2019-05-09 06:00
Sandiso Tamba (standing) with his client, Judith Mkhonto.

Sandiso Tamba (standing) with his client, Judith Mkhonto.

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Sandiso Tamba of Gugulethu is an example that circumstances do not define one’s destiny, and with the help of the Amy Foundation SA, formerly known as the Amy Biehl Foundation, he is now an entrepreneur.

The foundation, in partnership with Astron Energy, provide practical training and experiential learning interventions in the disciplines of hospitality, beauty and wellness, craft and design to unemployed youth from across the province.

After struggling to get education that would have helped him pursue his dreams due to financial constraints, the 29-year-old Tamba decided to try his luck with the Sybrand Park-based foundation.

That was his breakthrough.

Because of the skills, opportunities and the foundation presented to him, Tamba now runs his mobile beauty and wellness business and is giving back to others like him. He mentors students at the foundation.

“I know how important it is to have a mentor and a role model. When I started with the foundation a year ago, I was down and out, losing hope.”

He is from a family of nine, raised by unemployed parents. After completing matric he did not have funds to pursue his dream career and he got a scholarship to study fashion design. However, that was short-lived. Tamba lost the scholarship.

“I had to drop out and was frustrated. I decided to go out of home (Western Cape),” he said, adding that he moved to Pretoria, in Gauteng. However, things did not work out and he decided to come back.

His friend suggested the foundation to him, and he enrolled in the training for a beauty and wellness programme.

“I love it. It gives me a sense of life, but I was teased throughout the duration.”

Tamba says he was the only male student at the time and had to work extremely hard and excel to gain respect and be able to reach his goal.

Today, Tamba says his business is growing, helping him contribute towards feeding the family and to continue pursuing his dream.

Though it was hard, he knew no one would change his situation.

He now advises other young people to never give up on their dreams and to not be afraid of “trying the impossible.”

“The beauty and wellness courses are very expensive, and it sounded too good to be true when I heard I could do it for free. Here I am today, being an inspiration to my peers.”

Hilda Ntini from Mfuleni is another student benefiting from the course.

She says the foundation has been an eye opener for her.

Ntini says the foundation does not only offer skills development, but it gives them exposure to the real world and creates opportunities locally and internationally.

She says the youth should not underestimate the value of knowledge and services offered by the non-profit organisations.

The foundation awards students with certificates for different skills acquired.

Sandiso Tamba of Gugulethu is an example that circumstances do not define one’s destiny, and with the help of the Amy Foundation SA, formerly known as the Amy Biehl Foundation, he is now an entrepreneur.

The foundation, in partnership with Astron Energy, provide practical training and experiential learning interventions in the disciplines of hospitality, beauty and wellness, craft and design to unemployed youth from across the province.

After struggling to get education that would have helped him pursue his dreams due to financial constraints, the 29-year-old Tamba decided to try his luck with the Sybrand Park-based foundation.

That was his breakthrough.

Because of the skills, opportunities and the foundation presented to him, Tamba now runs his mobile beauty and wellness business and is giving back to others like him. He mentors students at the foundation.

“I know how important it is to have a mentor and a role model. When I started with the foundation a year ago, I was down and out, losing hope.”

He is from a family of nine, raised by unemployed parents. After completing matric he did not have funds to pursue his dream career and he got a scholarship to study fashion design. However, that was short-lived. Tamba lost the scholarship.

“I had to drop out and was frustrated. I decided to go out of home (Western Cape),” he said, adding that he moved to Pretoria, in Gauteng. However, things did not work out and he decided to come back.

His friend suggested the foundation to him, and he enrolled in the training for a beauty and wellness programme.

“I love it. It gives me a sense of life, but I was teased throughout the duration.”

Tamba says he was the only male student at the time and had to work extremely hard and excel to gain respect and be able to reach his goal.

Today, Tamba says his business is growing, helping him contribute towards feeding the family and to continue pursuing his dream.

Though it was hard, he knew no one would change his situation.

He now advises other young people to never give up on their dreams and to not be afraid of “trying the impossible.”

“The beauty and wellness courses are very expensive, and it sounded too good to be true when I heard I could do it for free. Here I am today, being an inspiration to my peers.”

Hilda Ntini from Mfuleni is another student benefiting from the course. She says the foundation has been an eye opener for her.

Ntini says the foundation does not only offer skills development, but it gives them exposure to the real world and creates opportunities locally and internationally. She says the youth should not underestimate the value of knowledge and services offered by the non-profit organisations.

The foundation awards students with certificates for different skills acquired.

Sandiso Tamba of Gugulethu is an example that circumstances do not define one’s destiny, and with the help of the Amy Foundation SA, formerly known as the Amy Biehl Foundation, he is now an entrepreneur.

The foundation, in partnership with Astron Energy, provide practical training and experiential learning interventions in the disciplines of hospitality, beauty and wellness, craft and design to unemployed youth from across the province.

After struggling to get education that would have helped him pursue his dreams due to financial constraints, the 29-year-old Tamba decided to try his luck with the Sybrand Park-based foundation.

That was his breakthrough.

Because of the skills, opportunities and the foundation presented to him, Tamba now runs his mobile beauty and wellness business and is giving back to others like him. He mentors students at the foundation.

“I know how important it is to have a mentor and a role model. When I started with the foundation a year ago, I was down and out, losing hope.”

He is from a family of nine, raised by unemployed parents. After completing matric he did not have funds to pursue his dream career and he got a scholarship to study fashion design. However, that was short-lived. Tamba lost the scholarship.

“I had to drop out and was frustrated. I decided to go out of home (Western Cape),” he said, adding that he moved to Pretoria, in Gauteng. However, things did not work out and he decided to come back.

His friend suggested the foundation to him, and he enrolled in the training for a beauty and wellness programme.

“I love it. It gives me a sense of life, but I was teased throughout the duration.”

Tamba says he was the only male student at the time and had to work extremely hard and excel to gain respect and be able to reach his goal.

Today, Tamba says his business is growing, helping him contribute towards feeding the family and to continue pursuing his dream.

Though it was hard, he knew no one would change his situation.

He now advises other young people to never give up on their dreams and to not be afraid of “trying the impossible.”

“The beauty and wellness courses are very expensive, and it sounded too good to be true when I heard I could do it for free. Here I am today, being an inspiration to my peers.”

Hilda Ntini from Mfuleni is another student benefiting from the course. She says the foundation has been an eye opener for her.

Ntini says the foundation does not only offer skills development, but it gives them exposure to the real world and creates opportunities locally and internationally. She says the youth should not underestimate the value of knowledge and services offered by the non-profit organisations.

The foundation awards students with certificates for different skills acquired.

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