CAPE TOWN – Through the use of the ward allocation budget, 40 residents of Wallacedene graduated from a computer training course last week.
Ward 6 councillor Simpiwe Nonkeyizana used R40 000 of the R700 000 annual ward allocation to offer a computer skills course which ran from 14 to 23 November.
Nonkeyizana said last year he used part of the budget to provide driver training for 30 young people in the ward.
At graduation day on 24 November, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) addressed the graduates, providing information on skill requirements and jobs available in different departments.
With the backing of the City of Cape Town, the Keep the Dream NGO based in Paarl provided the computer training.
Facilitator Melanie Payne said the course has 14 credits and situated at NQF 1. Payne said 90% of the students caught on fast, learning how to open windows, create posters and type letters.
Nondzaliseko Matshoba (42), who owns a salon in Wallacedene, was one of the graduates.
Matshoba said before undertaking the course, she had never used a computer.
She said thanks to the course, she no longer needed to employ someone to do her accounts.
Student Ongezwa James (22) said she had used a computer before but had learnt how to operate new programs thanks to the course. “I am glad and happy to be part of the training because I gained more experience and I will have a recognized certificate,” said James.