All the roads led to the northern, tropical and mountainous small town of Thohoyandou for official handover ceremony of certificates to all participants who successfully completed a Learnership programme in Community Health, Water and Sanitation.

Some of the community members who came to support beneficiaries of the Learnership.

The occasion was held on the 08 September 2017 at the Thulamela Local Municipality precinct in Thohoyandou. Approximately 94 learners hailing from Musina Local Municipality, LIM345 Local Municipality, Thulamela Local Municipality and Makhado Local Municipality received their certificates in front of their parents, friends and well – wishers.

The Learnership programme was funded by Energy and Water Sector Education Training Authority (EWSETA) and implemented by The Mvula Trust across Vhembe District Municipality.

Outlining the overview of the project, Mr. Takalani Modau – The Mvula Trust’s Capacity Building and Training Manager – was exhilarated that the programme was successfully implemented against all odds. “Let me take this opportunity and commend all participants or learners for their tenacity. There was a time when it was a challenge to pay them monthly stipends, however they did not take their eyes off the target”, said Takalani with appreciation.

During his word of support, The Mvula Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Silas Mbedzi, enthused learners to think beyond their surroundings. He urged them to utilise skills they have gained during the programme to better their lives. “Countries like Kazakhstan, which dominates Central Asia economically, contributing 60% of that region’s Gross Domestic Product, depends on skills to grow their economy. You can use your skills to make a positive impact in communities and around the world”, said Mbedzi.

CEO of The Mvula Trust, Mr. Silas Mbedzi, interacting with the Programme Director after his address.

South Africa has a high shortage of technical, and institutional and social development skills, especially in rural municipalities. It is through Learnerships such as these that positive interventions can be accelerated.