Ukuthemba project comes to the rescue

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"I am glad that I seized the opportunity, despite knowing that it was going to be
challenging. By studying and practising I hope I will acquire the skills needed to
be an accountant one day. I like numbers and I could not see myself doing
anything else,' Thandikhaya Mditshwa explains.

He was a beneficiary of the 2012/2013 Fasset-funded Ukuthemba
programme. Offered in George, in the Western Cape, the programme culminates
in the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) FET Certificate Accounting
Technician.

Mditshwa, whohails from Umtata in the Eastern Cape, enrolled at the
University of Port Elizabeth in 2004 for a BAdmin degree. Unfortunately, like
thousands of other young South Africans, he was forced to abandon his studies.
"I ended up dropping out of the programme due to financial problems,' he
recalls.

Since employment prospects were poor in Umtata he relocated to Gauteng,
where he was found employment as a checker. "I worked. I thought I would be
able to save some money in order to further my studies, but this never
happened. Fortunately, the Ukuthemba project came to my rescue,' he explains.

His life changed for the better and he was able to resume his studies when
he was accepted onto the Ukuthemba programme: "Ukuthemba gave me a
chance to study. I associated with the people who shared the same values and
goals. English is not my first language. Through soft skills and accounting skills,
Ihave learnt to express myself better.'

He is currently a Management Accounting Trainee at PetroSA. "I would like to
say thank you to all at Fasset,LH Education, S andT School of Accounting, and
Future Creations for giving me the chance to be where I am today. Keep helping
the Youth in order to let them know that dreams can come true, if they work
harder.

By investing in the youth, you are lifting the economy of the country because
they are the future economists, accountants and entrepreneurs,' he informs.

Mditshwa is also, very grateful to PetroSA Senior Management Accountant,
Christelle Potts. "She is a mother figure to us, without her, It would not be
possible for us to be at PetroSA. I am learning a lot from her and her colleagues.
The information I am getting from them will be valuable in my life. I would also
like to share the good news: our contracts have extended to March 2016, and
the pay makes me smile,' he concludes.

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Do we need more initiatives like this?

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