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Eskom donation to Thabiso Skills Development Centre set to empower future workforce
TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2021: In an effort to alleviate poverty and reduce unemployment, the Eskom Development Foundation donated much-needed equipment to Thabiso Skills Development Centre in Welkom, Free State, on 21 September 2021.  The Centre aims to create entrepreneurs who can provide for themselves and their families.
 
Christine Oosthuizen (left), Operational Manager of Thabiso Skills Development Centre in Welkom, receives the Eskom Development Foundation donation from Eskom representatives Dolores Itumeleng (centre), Social and Economic Development Officer (acting), and Zolile Mjezu, FBE and Vending Officer.
 
“As Eskom we don’t just keep the lights burning, but also aim to uplift the communities we serve and lend a helping hand where we can,” says Agnes Mlambo, General Manager for Eskom’s CentralEast Cluster (Free State and Kwazulu-Natal).  “We are giving these necessities, but the Centre is ploughing back so much more into the communities.  It is an honour for us to assist an organisation like Thabiso Skills Development Centre which is equipping communities with sustainable skills and empowering them to fend for themselves”.
 
Thabiso Skills Development Centre was established in August 2006 as a Non-Profit Organisation to assist with the alleviation of poverty in and around the greater community by providing accredited as well as non-formal skills programmes to young people who are not in employment, education or training.  These skills programmes give learners the opportunity to become economically active, by raising their employment potential or by assisting them to start their own small businesses.  Skills programme offerings include end-user computing, baking, catering, welding, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and entrepreneurial skills.
Eskom’s donation included, amongst other things, toolboxes, a lawn mower, a vacuum cleaner and portable air-conditioners, as well as carpentry, catering, plumbing, electrical, welding and personal protective equipment.  This donation is set to benefit 350 students per annum.
 
“It is important for our students to do work practically so that when they are ready to go into the workplace, they are equipped and have the skills to do the work,” said Christine Oosthuizen, Operational Manager at the Thabiso Skills Development Centre.  “The equipment that we had is as old as the Centre and most of it is out of order.  The new tools will enable us to give each student a better learning experience and quality training.”
 
With so many businesses closing down during the pandemic, the Centre also faced challenges as they rely solely on funding from various stakeholders, tuition fees and students doing community projects to keep afloat.  “This donation could not have come at a better time,” said Oosthuizen.
 
 
The donation included, amongst other things, toolboxes, a lawn mower, a vacuum cleaner and portable air-conditioners, as well as carpentry, catering, plumbing, electrical, welding and personal protective equipment.  This donation is set to benefit 350 students per annum.
 
 
The Centre assists the Department of Education as a referral centre for learners who cannot cope in the mainstream in Secondary Education and must leave school.  These learners do not qualify to register at the TVET Colleges or Universities.  In the past, some learners who have completed the skills programmes were exposed to Workplace-Based Learning and have obtained employment.  Others opened their own businesses. The Centre provides skills training programmes to all learners in South Africa as accommodation facilities for learners out of the Free State Province is available.
 
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