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Learning new skills from local Samaritan, free of charge


Unemployed people get empowered through skills development.

A group of 55 unemployed people graduated from short courses offered by a local good Samaritan on May 19.

Fifty-five students of Themba Maseko Skills Training, Education and Development graduated.

Themba Vincent Maseko is a qualified teacher who took it upon himself to teach unemployed people skills as an intervention in the fight against poverty.

Maseko said in 2014 he established a company called Themba Maseko Skills Training, Education and Development (Pty) Ltd to empower job seekers.

“We started the company in order to do job creation initiatives.

“To date, we have already trained more than 1 750 people.

Themba Maseko presents a certificate to Andries Msiza.

“More than 600 of my graduates, particularly from the Early Childhood Development (ECD) training, have started their own centres in different provinces.

“Some are working at primary schools, teaching Grade R,” said Maseko.

He said he gives the skills development courses free of charge and his classes started with ECD only.

“We felt ECD is not enough because it is dominated by women.

Themba Maseko teaches skills to the unemployed.

“Last year we introduced four new programmes which include Community Healthcare Worker and Home-based Care, Media Studies in Radio Broadcasting, Basic First Aid and Computer Literacy,” said Maseko.

He said street people occupy garages with businesses like tuck shops and he came up with the idea of training these unemployed people in ECD to create employment for job seekers.

Themba Maseko Skills Training, Education and Development currently has no funding, Maseko runs everything from his own pocket.

He said there are no age restriction, qualifications or prior experience needed to join his skills development programmes.

Themba and Mpumelelo Maseko lead new graduates who completed short courses at Themba Maseko Skills Training, Education and Development.

Andries Msiza, who received his Media Studies in Radio Broadcasting qualification, said he is very excited and this is his second qualification from the centre as he did Computer Literacy previously.

“I wanted to add to my skills. I love to talk, so I thought I should get knowledge of broadcasting.

“I love associating with people and radio will afford me an opportunity to be myself,” said Msiza.



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