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Kopanong Thusong Service Centre (Free State)

Youth committed to local economic growth

A youth getting to grips with marketing concepts

A youth getting to grips with marketing concepts

Developing human resources and skills, along with co-operative governance, ensures efficient service delivery; a bedrock of Thusong Service Centres. A key partner in the Thusong Service Centre programme is the Universal Services and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA).

Its role in establishing telecentres brings access to technology and, in Kopanong in particular, the opening of business opportunities to young people. This young generation would otherwise be forced to migrate to urban areas to seek employment, draining the community of its future work force.

To build the telecentre into a sustainable business, skills development was requested through the Department of Labour, which outsourced a private training centre. USAASA subsidised the computers and assisted in drawing up a business plan for running the centre. These partnerships between government, communities and the business sector are the focus of the Thusong Service Centre programme.

Energy and vitality greet you as you enter the telecentre. These 11 vibrant young people want to turn the telecentre into a profitable business which provides a range of services to the surrounding business community. They approached the Department of Labour for funding. Patrick Mothokwane of the Central Business Academy in Bloemfontein is now training them in Marketing.They have already done courses in Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Once they finish their courses in Financial Management and Bookkeeping, they intend to service the entire district of Kopanong.

What strikes you about this group is their commitment to and vision for economic opportunities in their area. Low-density infrastructure and the long travelling distances in the southern Free State challenge any business initiative, but these enthusiastic young people are set on entrepreneurial growth to uplift the economy of Kopanong.

In December 2006, they ran a free introductory course for schoolchildren and plan to provide further computer courses. By transferring and improving their skills there can only be a domino effect for the youth of Kopanong, which will promote economic development in the community.

Kopanong Telecentre


The telecentre manager intends to add business services to basic office services.
The telecentre manager intends to add business services to basic office services.
Computer literacy for all is a key objective of the Thusong Service Centre programme
Computer literacy for all is a key objective of the Thusong Service Centre programme
Training in business skills to enrich the local community
Training in business skills to enrich the local community
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