Young people in Musina will now able to develop their untapped educational skills after they received a financial boost of R600 000.00 which will be spread for a period of 12 months, from the Limpopo Bonded Warehouse, a company that deals with exporting goods out of the country. The money, which will be channeled towards skills development, will be made available through Perspectstro, a Musina based youth initiative that raises funds in order to develop skills for the local youth. So far Perspectstro has raised funds for more than 100 students who are furthering their studies in higher education institutions of learning across the country. The programme includes monthly stipends and transport fees where necessary.
Limpopo Bonded Warehouse Financial Manager, Analia Botha confirmed the donation. She said the company has realized that there are many youth who are talented but they have nowhere to polish their skills. “We felt duty bound to help the youth because they are the future of our country. If the skills of these youth are developed, they can be able to get better jobs that will help them to improve their families. In fact, we have a common understanding with Perspectstro because we believe in youth empowerment for the creation of a better future. We have been involved in various community building initiatives over the years and we will continue to do so because we want to create a better world for the less privileged members of our communities.”
The Director of Perspectstro, Dorcus Mulalo Phiri said the financial assistance came at the right time when many parents were unable to take their children for skills training programmes due to the brutal effects of the coronavirus pandemic. “Words alone cannot express our gratitude for this life changing assistance. We are very humbled to have been assisted to realize our dream of developing skills for the young people who will later become leaders of this country.”
Phiri says her organization is currently training various skills to 21 young people from Musina. “We have facilitators who are training them on project management and entrepreneurship. Most of our trainees are orphans and those who come from indigent families. They will soon get certificates after training and we will help them to either find jobs or create their own employment. We monitor the progress of our students and once they are qualified, we don’t leave them to fend for themselves.”
She said due to the success of their skills development programmes, they will soon venture into engineering skills training to prepare local youth for the much anticipated Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone.
She added that there is a need to train more young people depending on resource availability. “Young people who want to work with us or sponsors who would like to contribute to our cause can either contact me on my mobile (072 082 5498) or our Operations Manager, Edith Matshivha at 076 581 2445.