Cutting down on unemployment

2018-03-27 06:00
The women with their certificates at the event on Thursday.PHOTOS: Samantha lee

The women with their certificates at the event on Thursday.PHOTOS: Samantha lee

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Women from ward 75 have been empowered thanks to a R70 000 ward project.

The 13 unemployed women completed a six-week hairdressing course and officially graduated on Thursday.

The project was introduced by ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman and was funded through ward allocation funding for 2017/18.

The course ran from Mondays to Thursdays and started in February.

Woodman says: “The training course also included team building at Blue Waters beach to help them with self-esteem and other things.

“There are eight ratepayers’ associations in the ward and each had to nominate women who were selected from each association.”

The course included lunch and transport.

“They did not have to pay a thing, but they needed to be at every class,” says Woodman.

The women each received a starter kit, which included scissors, brushes and combs, a hairdryer, a cutting cape, a dye bowl and spatula, and a five-litre bottle of shampoo and five-litre bottle of conditioner.

“They are now empowered. These were unemployed women who now have a means to go out there and provide for their families,” says Woodman.

One participant, Zubaidah Abrahams, thanked the organisers for their contribution in helping them start their own businesses­.

Woodman says they will check in with the women from time to time and hopes they will also give back by arranging a pamper day for seniors in the ward.

“The ball is now in your court,” Woodman told the women, encouraging them to make a success of the tools they have been given.

The training was administered through the City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate. The women range in age from 19 to over 50 years and are now certified hairdressers.

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