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Coega Development Corporation upskills unemployed Hamburg residents

Nov 30, 2016
Coega Development Corporation upskills unemployed Hamburg residents

Coega Development Corporation (CDC) continues to be the leading catalyst for the championing of socio-economic development in the Eastern Cape

Twenty four unemployed people from the small community of Hamburg have been given an opportunity to improve their skills by the CDC. The community was trained on the following technical skills: bricklaying and plastering, electrical, carpentry, painting and decoration.

The training follows the recent commencement of the Hamburg Clinic construction, a R26.5 million project being implemented by the CDC on behalf of the Department of Health. The project has created more than 40 job opportunities and it is envisaged that the trained individuals would be absorbed by the project as semi-skilled workers.

“Our aim in providing this training is to stimulate the competencies of unemployed people, particularly the youth in technical skills to boost their chances of getting employment in this project in the first instance. This will go a long way in overcoming the high unemployment rate and lack of skills, as well as reduce the number of poverty-stricken people, in the area,” says Thobeka Gaxamba, CDC Recruitment Manager.

CDC’s objective is to ensure that communities benefit from the projects it undertakes through training, SMME development and community work. 

 TRAINING COMPLETED: The completed Hamburg heritage site after renovations.

 “The training of the Hamburg Residents is an excellent example of a successful collaboration between the CDC, government and the community, who have all worked together tirelessly to ensure the project is completed within scope and on time,” says Dr. Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC’s head of marketing and communications.

 It is the CDC practice to integrate training with other community-building activities that has a positive impact on the community at large. To this effect, the CDC successfully integrated training with the renovation of the Hamburg Heritage Site, which is an important relics related to arts, history and culture in the area.

Furthermore, CDC presented life skills training that included CV writing, interview skills and career guidance to 58 young people with the intention of improving their job hunting skills and abilities to deal with social issues in general.

 TRAINING IN PROGRESS: The trainees renovating the Hamburg Heritage Site while acquiring skills.