IN­SIDE: TRAIN­ING PRO­GRAMME HELPS UN­EM­PLOYED

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A cus­tomer ser­vice train­ing work­shop hosted by lo­cal busi­ness­man Bhon­go­lethu Mahlung­wana at the King Wil­liam’s Town Com­mu­nity Sup­port Cen­tre on Septem­ber 19 served as a bea­con of hope to the more than 70 un­em­ployed King Wil­liam’s Town youth who at­tended.

The work­shop was sup­ported by the depart­ment of so­cial de­vel­op­ment and a few other lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple who joined in and shared their sto­ries.

“The unem­ploy­ment rate is very high and that de­mo­ti­vates the youth, so the event was aimed at mo­ti­vat­ing those in at­ten­dance and re­viv­ing their hopes and spir­its. I in­vited a few en­tre­pre­neur friends of mine too and we spent the day shar­ing our sto­ries with them, giv­ing them tips on job hunt­ing and do­ing fun ex­er­cises and pre­sen­ta­tions,” said Mahlung­wana.

Mahlung­wana said he had a vivid mem­ory of play­ing out­side the tiny back room his mother was given by her em­ploy­ers to live in in Cath­cart Street.

Years later, he is run­ning a small juice fac­tory in the same street that sup­plies more than 200 stores around the prov­ince.

“I be­lieve in the power of pos­i­tive think­ing and work­ing hard be­cause had I not, things could have worked out dif­fer­ently for me. I started my busi­ness out of noth­ing, but from the on­set my vi­sion was to see my prod­uct be­ing sold in su­per­mar­kets.”

Pic­ture: ZAVELA MAKWABE

TRAIN­ING THE FU­TURE: Bhon­go­lethu Mahlung­wana of B'Lis­cious Juice Fac­tory (seated left) and Ntuthuzelo Mbe­seza of Baby Swag Kids' En­ter­tain­ment (seated right) with the at­ten­dees of the train­ing work­shop

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