In July 2018, 25 learners with disabilities graduated from a Media Works Adult Education and Training project, sponsored by Assmang Proprietary Limited, in Upington, Northern Cape.
The ceremony, held at Desert Palace Hotel & Casino Resort in Upington, honoured learners who successfully completed courses within Media Works’ Adult Education and Training programme (AET) and the Media Works’ Work Readiness Programme short courses.
The project, which started in May 2016, is part of an initiative by Assmang Proprietary Limited aimed at reinvesting in the communities around its mine operations through training and skills development.
Assmang’s Beeshoek Mine sponsored ten learners, while fifteen learners were sponsored by its Khumani Iron Ore Mine. Most learners started on AET Level 1, but later went on to complete an additional nine short courses from Media Works’ Work Readiness Programme.
Each learner received a laptop, toolbox and sewing machine, to enable them to start their own businesses. And, certain learners also received wheelchairs sponsored by Assmang Proprietary Limited.
Classes were held at Paballelo Primary and Paballello Senior Secondary School. Paballelo Primary School were recipients of a donation of desktop computers from Assmang.
Mary van Wyk of the Northern Cape Department of Education was a speaker at the graduation, motivating each graduate to use their skills to give back to their community.
We are proud of each graduate and wish them the very best on their entrepreneurial journey.