Programme skills men in plumbing

2019-04-04 06:00
Zukile Solwandle with Councillor Simthembile Mfecane after being awarded a plumbing certificate.

Zukile Solwandle with Councillor Simthembile Mfecane after being awarded a plumbing certificate.

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In his quest to see the youth of the ward he leads skilled, three young men have now developed skills in plumbing after three months in a training programme.

The skills development programme, which started with five men, was allocated R50 000.

Two dropped out along the way and the three stuck it out until the end.

In this current financial year, Ward 85 councillor Simthembile Mfecane says council has allocated R100 000 to the programme and 15 people will benefit.

To date, he said, people in his area have benefited from training programmes such as computer literacy, sewing, and now plumbing.

Mfecane said he noted that when he took over the reins as councillor in 2016 many people in his area had no skills.

“We want our young people to come up with training programmes that can empower them in the long run,” he said.

“Ninety percent of the unemployed people of this area have no skills, and we need to work on that.”

Though Mfecane could not give the exact number he said he aimed, at least, to bring services that will upskill about 600 or 700 residents of the area before he leaves office.

“This training programme specifically gave these young men an opportunity to be able to feed themselves,” he said. “The set of skills they acquired are needed on a daily basis, and we hope they can use them to their benefit.”

Siphuxolo Nhlapho, a beneficiary, said he was now in the process of spreading the word of what he is now capable of doing.

“I had no other skill before this programme, so it has been of tremendous service to me. I think I can do a lot with what I have learnt from this,” the Grade 10 school leaver said.

He was positive the programme enskilled him enough to stand on his own feet as a plumber.

Nhlapho, Shaun Shumane and Zukile Solwandle were recently awarded their certificates.

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