Internship for the blind

2019-01-29 06:00

Ten blind and visually impaired youth from the Cape Town Society for the Blind (CTSB) in Salt River will have the opportunity to undergo training through the Cap Youth @ Work programme, which aims to upskill young and vulnerable school leavers to become employable.

This comes after the Western Cape social development minister Albert Fritz visited CTSB on its 90th anniversary on Friday 25 January and awarded 10 internships to school leavers.

The internship will last for four months and currently accommodates about 100 interns from Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding communities.

CTSB aims to empower and upskill the visually impaired and blind who come from disadvantaged communities.

The non-profit organisation (NPO) takes on 120 students per year and trains them in a number of skills including streamlined information technology, weaving, metal- and woodwork, braille literacy and mobility skills among others.

Fritz said he is impressed with the work CTSB is doing in upskilling the most vulnerable in society.

“The Western Cape Department of Social Development would not be able to achieve this work alone, which is why it is essential that we continue to support the development of our partnering NPOs,” he said.

“I was particularly heart-warmed to hear the success stories of Yaeesh and Anele, two graduates of CTSB.

“Upon completing his training, Yaeesh was offered a position to train other baristas in the art of making coffee in Port Elizabeth.

“Anele, who received accredited training in partnership with Truth Coffees, is in the process of starting his own coffee shop on the township tours route. Both these young men came to CTSB broken and dejected, and left confident and empowered,” Fritz added.

The City of Cape Town says the Department of Social Development will continue to work better with partnering non-profit organisations to ensure that the most vulnerable people are given every opportunity to thrive.

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