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“Skills transfer is the answer”


Phumla Sibande (35) started Fututre Gaints Skills Development to help the youth to make a positive contribution to the economy.

Phumla Sibande (35) started Fututre Gaints Skills Development to help the youth to make a positive contribution to the economy.

Until last weekend, Katleho Mphale did not know how to sow a single stitch. But now she can construct a full garment after she enrolled in the Future Giants Skills Development project.

He is doing this by teaching youngsters in his community to sew for themselves, and others.

“The aim of the project has, since inception, been to curb unemployment.

“I wanted people to get rid of the mindset of getting a certificate just to get a job,” explains Sibande.

Last year, the qualified fashion designer set his eye on skills transfer.

“I want to give someone the option of doing their own thing, working for themselves.

“I always wanted to be self-employed.”

After attaining a qualification in mechanical engineering, Sibande, like many young graduates, struggled to get a job.

“I wanted to do motor vehicle structuring.

“So you can see that I have always been a designer, at heart.”

Inspired by his grandmother’s passion for sewing, he decided to pursue a diploma in fashion design.

“I have never looked back since.”

Sibande says he has made garments for the Durban July and contributed to SAfashion week.

Sibande runs the short course over five days and has attracted people from various walks of life.

“Katlego is a qualified lawyer, but she registered for the course to obtain a skill she didn’t have before.

“Now she can make her own garments from scratch or make alterations.”

The programme also targets addicts who are in the process of rehabilitation and equips them with a new skill which will make them employable once they have completed their rehab.

” I am also training people so that I can employ some of them.

“I have the capacity to employ people because I am planning a mass production project.

“More than anything, I have a desire for us to grow the economy instead of complaining about joblessness.”

Sibande also offers weekends classes to students and people who are employed.

“I want to inspire commitment from the youth to propelling the country forward, building the country in every way possible.

“To every who has be discouraged, you have to stand up for yourself.

“You owe it to yourself.”



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