A passion for helping others

2018-09-18 06:00
PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZISipho Gift Dlamini is a volunteer at the Embocraft Shop and Training Centre.

PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZISipho Gift Dlamini is a volunteer at the Embocraft Shop and Training Centre.

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UPPER Highway resident Sipho Gift Dlamini is a qualified welder and a volunteer at the Embocraft Training Centre Trust.

Dlamini uses his time to assist students at the centre who are there to learn welding, passing on his knowledge and helping to uplift the underprivileged people in his community.

Dlamini said that volunteering brings him joy and happiness because whatever he is doing is for the good of the community.

His journey as a volunteer started in 2016 while he himself was a student at the Embocraft Centre.

“I wanted to learn how to weld and, due to being a fast learner, I ended up helping other students with their work.

“That’s when I realised how effective it was helping other people and I’ve never stopped doing it since then,” he said.

After graduating, Dlamini said that he still came back to volunteer.

“The centre saw how dedicated I was with helping and they started calling me to come now and again to help the new students, who found the welding course a bit hard.”

Dlamini doesn’t only help with students who are studying welding at Embocraft — he also volunteers to weld items that can be sold at the centre’s craft shop. The money raised at the shop is used to further assist with uplifting unemployed community members.

“It really makes me happy that something I’m doing is making a difference to someone’s life and it may help them one day to put food on the table for their families,” said Dlamini.

He encouraged others to always give back with open-arms.

“If we have a skill, let us share it,” he concluded.

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