Peace Centre a one-stop-hub

2019-02-14 06:00
The Peace Centre in Khayelitsha was officially launched last Friday.       PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

The Peace Centre in Khayelitsha was officially launched last Friday. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Search for work is generally not a pleasant experience, however, that is set to change in Khayelitsha after the launch of a Peace Centre, which doubles as an information hub.

The hub, which is situated in Ilitha Park, was launched last Friday, and will give career guidance to high school learners, training in a range of peace and anti violence topics and include understanding and using the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, restorative justice, parenting support and a safer schools training environment whenever the need arises.

People can use the facility for information gathering, prepare their CVs and for job hunting.

It is also an information centre and an advice bureau that will provide support services in both government and civil society. It also provides a needs database as well as available resources to the community.

The hub was opened in April last year but was only launched officially last week.

Peace Centre Director Carol Bower said they want to do things that promote peace. She said people live in very dangerous communities as a result of poverty.

“Poverty makes people angry which is why you find that it is dangerous to live in our communities,” she said.

Bower said we also have a very high unemployment rate and the education system is also failing the society.

Bower said they need to provide young people with a purpose in life.

She said at the centre they provide internet for free for those that are looking for employment, and that they also teach them how to prepare CVs.

Bower added that they will also mentor those coming to the centre and tutoring programmes.

Zukile Sinama, a member of the community, said the centre is going to play a very big role in the community of Khayelitsha.

“This is going to help a lot of people, young and old, because it will be providing internet access for free to those who are looking for work,” he said.

He said it is also an advice centre so people can just walk in and get help.

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