Licences open doors

2016-06-01 06:00
REPRESENTATIVES of the Dihlabeng Driving School and the municipality with the beneficiaries of the free licence initiative. From the left are Khopolo Nthontho (owner of the driving school), Phekumuzi Dlamini, Badirwang Molehe, Michael Mamaedi, Mafusi Tiki, Nnono Mokoena (all driving school students) Teboho Maqelepo (community development officer), James Motaung (driving school student) and Thabo Nthontho (also of the driving school). Photo: Tladi Moloi

REPRESENTATIVES of the Dihlabeng Driving School and the municipality with the beneficiaries of the free licence initiative. From the left are Khopolo Nthontho (owner of the driving school), Phekumuzi Dlamini, Badirwang Molehe, Michael Mamaedi, Mafusi Tiki, Nnono Mokoena (all driving school students) Teboho Maqelepo (community development officer), James Motaung (driving school student) and Thabo Nthontho (also of the driving school). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – Michael Mamaedi (37) has always wanted to work for one of the truck companies in the country. However, he could not live his dream, as he struggled to get a code 14 licence due to financial problems.

Mamaedi, who hails from Ext. 1 of Bohlokong, Bethlehem, finished his matric in 1996. Since then he has been hustling with piece jobs, with little hope of making enough money to get a licence.

Today still, he does not have one, but at least he has managed to get a learner’s licence. This is the second one, after the first had expired.

Mamaedi’s dream of driving a truck could soon be realised, as he is now going for driving lessons thanks to the owners of the Dihlabeng Driving School, who came on board to assist six people within Dihlabeng with free licences.

Mamaedi, along with the other five – Phekumuzi Dlamini, Badirwang Molehe, Mafusi Tiki, Nnono Mokoena and James Motaung – have been attending classes since Tuesday (31/05).

According to Kgopolo Nthontho, owner of the driving school, they would like these students to receive their licences in July.

Nthontho said they saw fit to plough back into the community by giving free licences to those in need.

He said since the inception of the driving school, they had recognised that most of the people, especially those from disadvantaged communities, could not afford driving lessons, hence they came forth.

“We requested the office of the executive mayor to help us in identifying people who would be trained,” Nthontho said.

“It is the first time we are running this initiative and we hope to help more people in the years to come.

“We will only help people who can’t afford to apply for the licences themselves. We hope that those who can, will not come and take chances.”

Teboho Maqelepo, community development officer at the municipality, said they were excited to have the owner of the driving school coming on board to offer a helping hand to those in need.

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