Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Morakane Mosupyoe, recently donated a vehicle and three fully equipped mobile kitchens to the Bambisandla-Sam Center of Excellence at Western Deep Levels, Carletonville, on the far West Rand.
According to a statement from the Gauteng Department of Social Development, MEC Mosupyoe led the departmental team to check on the progress of the center and the services provided since it was officially launched by the department last October.
During the handover, MEC Mosupyoe motivated the hotel training students.
She said: “When I first came here on October 21 last year, I was pleasantly surprised by the set up of this center as it exceeded my expectations. I saw the commitment of students and staff. Indeed, if we work together as a collective, we can make a huge difference in society. You remember at the launch I asked one of the young graduates to make me a jacket, and he did just that. He made a nice jacket, which I only wore once. My sister who is based in the US visited over the holiday season and she was so impressed she took it. I am sharing this so that you can understand the quality of work produced by this center.
“Please focus on what you are being taught here, because you are the reason we come to offices to make sure we are providing services that will make a difference in your life.
As social development, we are looking for partnerships and you will be our partners for job creation. After finishing here, we would like to see you become employers; this can be done by creating cooperatives to start with. We want you to write proposals with your ideas. In you lies the future of this country and its economy,” added MEC Mosupyoe.
Since beginning its journey with the department, the center has helped graduates establish five garment-making cooperatives.
The department said it placed 15 laundry assistants, six front desk receptionists, 13 bar attendants, 23 table attendants, 12 fast food services and 25 chef assistants at various lodges and hotels. The center has the capacity to train 350 students per term and 1,400 per year.