The Launch and Graduation Ceremony of Siyathemba Computer Centre
The Siyathemba Thusong has done it again. It is no surprise that Siyathemba Thusong Centre achieves one of their goals of opening a computer centre. The centre always strives to bring services closer to the people and it is determine to develop local community members with information that will benefit the community for the better. Just outside the centre there is a garden. The project started in 2009 to eradicate poverty in the community. Today the garden feeds more than 20 families within the community of Siyathemba. The centre has proven not only by talking, however by producing results of implementing government key priorities with outcomes.
Through the centre manager and his team initiative, Burn Stone Mine and MEGA were approached to initiate the project of a computer centre. The mine donated 12 computers, 1 projector and pays for the internet access every month. MEGA donated with R100, 000 and the funds were utilised to install security gates at the centre including the computer centre. The initiative demonstrated good intergovernmental relations and shows that, government and private sectors need each to drive the key priorities and improve service delivery in our communities.
The computer centre does not only provide free internet access, it also provides basic computer skills. Some of the funds donated by MEGA were utilise to pay a service provider to conduct classes every day. This opportunity was open to all community members who are in need of computer skills. Among other people who registered for classes were government officials, NGO managers, young people and persons with disabilities.
Above is Mr. Mofokeng receiving his certificate from Mr. Mayixale from GBG Mine. Mr. Mofokeng is one of the people who were attending classes at the centre. He is unemployed; however he is working towards his recycling project. When interacting with him he said "I registered for the training because I wanted to have computer skills, should my businesses not succeed, I may be able to find a job." "Am so happy, am over joyed, that I was able to complete the course and receive my certificate. Mr. Mofoken further said "people with disabilities should be encouraged to see a person on a wheel chair completed a computer course. One should not be depressed about their disabilities, God has given us hands and brains we should use them. They should at all times look for something they can do to empower themselves and staying positive at all times. Said Mr. Mofoken