Learners given second chances

2017-10-19 06:01
Lulu Nongogo with some of the students in her programme.Sinethemba Ngoma; Luxolo Ndlovu; Glen Swaartbooi; Zinzi Kweti; Asanda Mlakuhlwa; Siyavuya Gunya; Yonela Thembani and Zandile Ngoma

Lulu Nongogo with some of the students in her programme.Sinethemba Ngoma; Luxolo Ndlovu; Glen Swaartbooi; Zinzi Kweti; Asanda Mlakuhlwa; Siyavuya Gunya; Yonela Thembani and Zandile Ngoma

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“As parents, we’re often filled with emotion when our young ones start school, yet the same emotions when grow into adolescence and adulthood, leaving home for the greener pastures.”

Lulu Nongogo, the founder of Lulwazi Lwethu uttered these words on the backdrop of a group of intakes who landed an opportunity for a learnership at Swift Skills Academy, to be trained in a Business Administration course.

Funded by the MerSeta, the course is to empower them to scale corporate walls.

They all form a part of learners whose journey started with a six-months preparatory course with Lulwazi Lwethu.

These young lasses come from areas as diverse as Khayelitsha, New Crossroads, Gugulethu and Samora Machel.

In the past, they had all but lost hope of ever being up-skilled due to financial constraints.

Glen Swaartbooi, 30, is an ex-convict who is on parole.

Since he has been rehabilitated, Glen hopes for bigger opportunities to change his life.

He aspires to own a business, but recognised that it lies with his commitment to the Learnership Program.

“I have learnt a lot in the program, especially where discipline is concerned ... for it is difficult to be integrated into society once one was convicted of a crime,” He said.

Luxolo Ndlovu, 22, has since started his own Modeling Events company.

Luxolo is from New Crossroads, notorious fro crime and gangsterism.

“I am no longer lingering aimlessly on the streets of New Crossroads, with nothing to do.”

Sinethemba Ngoma,28, first met Lulu at church, and recalls how that meeting has changed her life for the better.

She now knows how to handle herself around people and is fit for any interview that may come her way.

She expressed gratefulness for the opportunity to study further.

The group is currently undergoing the theory aspect of the course, after which they will be placed in various companies to do their internship.

MerSETA supports the program by affording the group a stipend that will see them make ends meet.

The courses include Business Environment, Functioning within the Business Environment and maintaining a secure working environment.

According to Nongogo: “This is just the beginning of bigger things to come. Young children with hopes and ambitions of making it in life are encouraged to look out for these opportunities.

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