Coega extends flagship programme to deep rural Eastern Cape areas
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) launched its flagship driver training programme together with driver simulator infrastructure at Matatiele Local Municipality last week.
The driver training programme is an extension of the organisation’s corporate social investment (CSI) imitative which seeks to up skill youth between the ages of 18-35 years who are unemployed as well as people with disabilities.
“The programme, over the years, has contributed immensely driving youth employment opportunities,” said CDC’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Dr Ayanda Vilakazi. CSI programmes offer long term sustainable investment and improves the lives of communities through empowerment and self-development that ultimately enables economic participation.
“The programme has positively touched many lives and will continue to do so. The Coega-led CSI initiatives focus on skills, education, training, upliftment and empowerment, added Dr Vilakazi.”
“Our success rate over the years has improved. Our licencing pass rate in the 2013/14 financial year increased to 901 people as compared to 401 in the previous year, an increase of over 55%.”
The CSI programme offers beneficiaries the opportunity to obtain a Code 8 Driving Licence. Since 2012, the programme has been launched in 18 sites across the Eastern Cape and in two sites in KwaZulu-Natal.
To date, the training interventions have assisted:
- 8 193 candidates in gaining Learner’s Licence training
- 6 163 candidates in gaining Driver Simulator training; and
- 1 957 candidates have passed and obtained their drivers licence.
Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Maphefo Anno-Frempong said: “TETA is one of the key role players in skills development training. The CDC’s driver training programme is really flagship and we applaud them for this initiative.”
“What is even more encouraging is that this would result in the legal attainment of a driver licenses. We all know that corruption has played a negative role in people obtaining their drivers licenses and has contributed to unsafe driving. Our partnership with progressive institutions like the CDC is pertinent in combating such ills.”
“We are in the final stages of finalising our agreement with CDC so that we may expand the programme to other areas for many people to benefit from it,” Anno-Frempong added.
The Matatiele Local Municipality used the launch as one of the celebration platforms for OR Tambo month which seeks to remember the life and times of the former ANC President, who laid his life for the liberation of the people of South Africa.
“In addressing the issue of skills development partnering with CDC we hope it will bring positive results for the city of Matatiele,” said the acting Matatiele Local Municipality Mayor Councillor Nomasomi Mshuqwana.
“The programme is affordable and will help curb the high number of accidents in our roads since learners will be thoroughly trained to obey the traffic rules. According to the Census 2011, 71% of the population in Matatiele is younger than 35 years of age and only 7% are over 65 years of age,” added Cllr Nomasomi Mshuqwana.
“As Matatiele Local Municipality we support this programme and we have committed that we will provide a safe and secure room where eight simulators shall be kept, we will provide a facilitator for the simulators and a training ground will be constructed. We want to confirm that by the end of November 2014 the programme shall be fully operational.”
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