Driven to expand

2018-03-13 06:00

Due to popular demand, a local duo is rolling out their successful women’s empowerment initiative to Eastridge and Beacon Valley.

Jamiela Liedeman and Joanie Fredericks last year joined forces and brought together their resources to offer women in Tafelsig free learner’s licence and driver’s licence classes. The pilot project was rolled out this year at the Tafelsig Community Centre in Olifantshoek Street on Thursday 18 January.More than 500 women attended the initial pilot project in Tafelsig in January.

This led to the surrounding community calling on the organisers to expand the project (“Driving women empowerment”, People’s Post, 23 January).­

“At this stage we will continue working at our base at the Olifantshoek Tafelsig Community Centre with the blessing of facility manager Gloria Bosman who immediately said yes to people from outside Tafelsig joining us,” says Fredericks­. “It would be selfish not to share our fantastic project, but please note that at this stage we can only take people for learner’s licence classes as the driving lessons are hectic.”

Women from the neighbouring areas can join the classes on Mondays at 12:30, Thursdays at 12:30 and Saturdays at 16:00.

Fredericks is the founder of community organisation Nead and the Mitchell’s Plain Impact Association (MPIA). She met Liedeman – a former driving instructor for Golden Arrow Bus Services – last year and the two shared a similar goal to empower the youth and women in the community.

The project is an initiative of Liedeman and Fredericks in conjunction with Nead Community Development­.

“We want to empower an entire province and the women here will be empowered. This is not at all an anti-men initiative – we would just like to level the playing field,” says Fredericks.

“This has been my plan for a number of years, but I was permanently employed and couldn’t do it at the time. When I met Joanie I told her I wanted to empower women­. I have been blessed with an amazing career and I feel that I want to give back because driving schools are expensive,” says Liedeman­.

Both Fredericks and Liedeman say there is a major need for this initiative and both have been overwhelmed by the enormous response to the initiative, which they hope to roll out further.

V For more information, visit the Nead Community Development Facebook page or call Fredericks on 076 921 6767.

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