A vehicle for empowerment

2018-07-17 06:01

For the past seven months, she has been instrumental in the empowerment of a number of women and men in the area. And now, with the help of the community, she aims to drive it further.

With the success of her learner’s licence empowerment project, community worker Joanie Fredericks is keen to expand it to include an avenue to teach those who have passed to drive and she plans to do this with the launch of her own transport company, called Ladies Own Transport.

The initiative was born out of the need and other issues raised by the women in her learner classes, she says.

“Many of the women had learners’ licences before and how they ended up back with me was because they did not have money for driving lessons and their learners’ licences would expire,” she says.

“I knew I needed to look at new ways to help them through to the end.”

She adds that many have stories of harassment or being robbed by instructors, which aided in her drive to have this started.

Her vision is to prepare the women for their learner’s licence tests but also for life beyond that, and her theory classes cover that in detail.

“Our classes are so detailed that they prepare the women for things they only need to know when they start driving lessons. I found that the problem with many driving schools is that they only prepare the learners enough to pass and nothing more than that.

“I can see this by the many women who had learners’ licences before and who came from driving schools who do not know anything about simple road signs and rules. Our classes are so thorough that the information will stay with them for life because you cannot only prepare them to pass,” she says.

The next step is to acquire a small car conducive for driving lessons, offering classes at a nominal fee.

Ladies Own Transport Services Pty Ltd will host their launch and fundraiser toward the purchase of their first vehicle.

The launch will be held at the Glendale Secondary School hall on Sunday 29 July from 15:00 to 19:00, in the form of a gospel extravaganza.

The show will feature gospel diva Valerie with a professional Namibian-based gospel tour group.

Tickets cost R100 for adults and R50 for children.

A combo deal for two adults and four children under the age of 14 costs R350.

V For more information or tickets, call Joanie on 076 921 6767, Ceceline on 063 884 6661, Avril on 071 884 2517, Tiyana on 073 589 9427 or Elouise on 076 584 9894.

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