Disabled graduates given a headstart

2018-10-18 06:03
Siphokazi Matywatywa after receiving her medal and certificate during the Epilepsy South Africa Western Cape graduation. PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Siphokazi Matywatywa after receiving her medal and certificate during the Epilepsy South Africa Western Cape graduation. PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A total of 75 people living with disabilities from across the province graduated in Business Administration during a ceremony hosted by the Epilepsy South Africa, in Khayelitsha last Thursday.

The graduates completed a 12-month business administration course in Wetton. Participants received certificates and medals in recognition of their efforts. The course was coordinated by Epilepsy S.A. The organisation provides developmental services to promote equal opportunities for people with epilepsy and other disabilities. Their programmes are based on social and economic development, as well as advocacy.

Graduate Asemahle Gqiba, 22, from Khayelitsha, said she was proud of herself.

“I am very proud of myself for having finished the course, and I am grateful to Epilepsy S.A for giving me the opportunity,” she said.

Gqiba said it had not been an easy journey, but through the support of friends and family, she has made it. She now has a qualification which could help her to shape her life.

Siphokazi Matywatywa, 28, from Philippi said before the course, she was sitting at home, idle. “I was sitting at home doing nothing, but now I have a certificate and I have made new friends,” said Matywatywa.

She hoped the qualification would open new doors for her. She was full of praises for Epilepsy S.A.

Wendy Nefdt, a branch director, has hailed the graduation ceremony as an amazing milestone for people with disabilities.

She said the course gave them skills and an opportunity to be employed or start their own businesses. Nefdt said she hoped that they would be given an opportunity to prove themselves.

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