Donation gives woman (23) a boost

2016-07-13 06:00
VUSI DLAMINI, youth development officer of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, with Seipati Mashinini, beneficiary, during the handover of the sewing machine and overlocker that were bought by the municipality.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

VUSI DLAMINI, youth development officer of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality, with Seipati Mashinini, beneficiary, during the handover of the sewing machine and overlocker that were bought by the municipality. Photo: Tladi Moloi

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

BOHLOKONG. – Seipati Mashinini (23) of Phase 7 in Bohlokong near Bethlehem has been given a boost by the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

Mashinini has received a sewing machine and overlocker, courtesy of the office of Vusi Dlamini, the youth development officer of the municipality. The handover of the machines was recently done at the Dihlabeng New Hall in Bohlokong.

A few years ago, Mashinini had to drop out of gr. 11 at the Tsebo High School in Klerksdorp because of epilepsy. Following this, the dedicated young woman never gave up on life, but pursued her Plan B, which had been to enrol in a dress-making course.

Mashinini, who lives with her unemployed mother, went around asking for assistance from people and from her fellow churchgoers to help her register for the course. She went through a rough patch, but was finally assisted by good Samaritans who gave her money to pay for the course. She said she did what she was doing because she wanted to change her life and that of her family. “We were struggling at home and that was painful for me. I then told myself that I was not going to let the situation get the better of us, so I went out to ask for help,” she said. After completing the course, she again went out to ask for help. This time she approached the municipality and the Youth Development Office (YDO) assisted her.

“I wanted to start a business, but could not afford the machines. I am happy because this is going to change my family’s life. I want to thank the municipality,” she said

Dlamini said it was a great pleasure for him to leave the office with good stories to tell. He said he had changed the lives of many young people in the municipality and he was sure that he would be remembered.

“I have not reached the target that I set for myself the day I was appointed at the YDO, because of the challenges I had to face. I have, however, managed to help a number of our young people and that will always make me happy,” he said. He said he would like to challenge his successor to continue from where he left off.

“I am open to new ideas for the sake of the development of the youth, if needed. I am also willing to give away the contact details of the stakeholders who can support them going forward,” he said.

Thus far, Dlamini has assisted about 15 people, especially youths, to start their businesses through the help of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). He said there were six outstanding applications, which were currently in the hands of the NYDA.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

5 top leg exercises for men

Here’s our selection of the five best leg exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content this holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.