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Mar 15 2012 1:58PM
 
Transforming our lives
BUILDING A FUTURE: Steyn City’s first 10 skills centre graduates will start working on site.
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Mia McDonald

An inspirational project which aims to transform lives by transforming spaces, has taken off in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.

Steyn City property developers has teamed up with micro enterprise Powergate Projects to convert an old house in the sprawling township into a skills development centre.

The centre opened in October 2011, after the old house had been renovated and the classrooms had been equipped with white boards and desks.

Just two months later, in December, the first class graduated. Employment is guaranteed to all who complete the course.

A practical approach is taken to teach construction skills, such as bricklaying, to 10 adults at a time.

The students are provided with on-site training and are supplied with all the necessary safety equipment, as well as lunch.

Applicants selected for the course are carefully screened and only 10 committed individuals are selected.

The candidates are either unskilled people or matriculants who are interested in working in the construction industry.

In a statement, Steyn City said: “So far we have created more than 2000 jobs.

“With the support of the greater Diepsloot local council, we have the potential to create more than 10000 more soon.”

miam@thenewage.co.za

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