The Gauteng Department of Social Development in partnership with the Kanana Development Centre has placed youngsters who were recently affected by the Cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal on the skills training program.
Following community profiling, about fifteen (15) young children have been identified and placed on various skills training programmes, ranging from life skills, computer studies, hospitality, and security courses.
These beneficiaries continue to receive psycho-social services from the Gauteng Department of Social Development as the most lost their loved ones in this tragedy.
According to Kanana Development Centre Manager, Nthabiseng Letsatsi, they have profiled these beneficiaries in order to determine the necessary intervention and identify skills gap.
“We want to help these young people by placing them on our skills programs so that in future they become self-reliant. Our goal is to see the beneficiaries employed or gain skills so that they can survive on their own and assist their families, ” said Letsatsi.
She said beneficiaries started their classes on the 10th of July 2023, and they are expected to finish with their courses after six months.
“All these programmes are free thanks to the Gauteng Department of Social Development for making it possible for these children who have untimely lost their loved ones and source of livelihood”, she added.
Letsatsi said the department also provides the beneficiaries with daily meals when they come to attend their classes.
“Funding from the Department has helped as we are able to assist our communities with such interventions. This has allowed the centre to have adequate resources including education materials”.
22-year-old Bongiwe Mulaudzi, one of the affected youths said, ” I am thankful that Social Development and Kanana Development Centre came to our rescue by providing work-related skills and education which I can add to my CV and increasing my chances of being employed”.
After completing their certificates, the fifteen beneficiaries will be placed at various companies that work closely with Kanana Development Centre for real work experience, with the possibility to be absorbed subject to their performance.