'Before the training we were like cars without engines; but now we have received our engines.' (Xolani Mdingi)
Last week, 17 young South Africans from disadvantaged communities in Gqeberha graduated from the Youth Development Programme’s Siyazenzela course which was conducted at the Missionvale Care Centre.
The course consisted of four weeks of occupational skills training, personal insight development and environmental education which will provide the graduates with the tools necessary to enter the world of work or entrepreneurship while also becoming conscientious citizens in their community. One of the highlights of the course was the nature trail at Grootkloof (Van Der Kemp’s Kloof Nature Reserve) where the students were immersed in nature to experience its healing power and to learn about the importance of conserving it.
Two of the highest achieving graduates - Asanda Bukayi and Kholiwe Ntshanyana - were selected for Umzi Wethu vocational scholarships which will see them receive hospitality training. Umzi Wethu is a vocational training programme which prepares youth for positions in the conservation and hospitality industries. Many of the graduates who have attended the hospitality training provided by Umzi Wethu have gone on to start their own catering businesses or enter the ecotourism and conservation industries.
Wilderness Foundation Africa congratulates all of the Siyazenzela Graduates and wishes Asanda and Kholiwe every success with their additional training through the Umzi Wethu programme.