Department of Social Development 2022/06/12 - 22:00
35 -years old Matseleng Khatite, mother of two from Finsbury in Randfontein, said she’s grateful that Ndimase Development Centre opened her eyes and made it possible for her to access furniture making skill, which is a men dominate industry. She says she enjoys it and already sees herself establishing a furniture manufacturing cooperative and becoming a future employer.Khatite is a beneficiary of Department’s Sustainable Livelihoods skills program, in partnership with the Ndimase Development Centre where they provide accredited training to the unemployed youth. The centre was founded five years ago.One of the founders, Zanele Dumakude said, “We provide skills training in sewing, computer, furniture manufacturing and poultry farming to the youth of West Rand. We are happy that now we have expanded to furniture manufacturing following the funding we received from the Gauteng Department Social Development. We make couches, headboards, TV stands and office furniture. We established this centre with the aim of developing the community to ensure that we close the gap of high unemployment rate in our society. Our mandate is to equip young people who come from disadvantaged communities with skills that would enable them to enter the job market and open their own cooperatives and businesses”.“At first, we were targeting the youth of Randfontein only, but we have now added areas such as Hekpoort, Brandvlei, Magaliesburg and Kromdraai as they are the most vulnerable areas. Our aim is to produce employers across West Rand”, Dumakude added.She said that young people receive skills training and stipends. After completion they are awarded with SETA accredited certificates in their fields. The products manufactured at centre are supplied to the local businesses.Should anyone wish to do business with Ndimase Development Centre, they can call Zanele Dumakude on 073 752 0963.
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