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Free skills training for homeless people
​Homeless people in the City will soon undergo a free
threemonth skills training programme.
THIRTY homeless people will soon benefit from a free, three-month skills training course on welding thanks to the joint initiative by volunteers of the Homelessness Task Forum. First preference will be given to people who have access to the I Care Drop-in Centre in Greyville.

Anne Slatter from I Care said she had secured a sponsor to fund the training of 10 people with the balance being funded by the KwaZulu-Natal School of Welding who will in turn obtain funds from the
National Training budget.

The course will run from mid-March for a period of three months per module. Slatter said volunteers are required to be trained as course facilitators to assist in afternoon classes from 2pm to 4pm or to run a further evening class at the Denis Hurley Centre from 5pm to 7pm. She appealed to sponsors to donate towards tables, chairs and light refreshments for the 30 trainees.

Regarding homelessness in the City, eThekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said she contacted officials from the provincial Human Settlements Department to request suitable premises to house the homeless. Councillor Peer said the Department responded positively to the request with news of an available building to be announced soon. Councillor Peer had called for the establishment of the task team to address homelessness in the City in 2018.

Chairperson of the Homelessness Task Team Raymond Perrier said the artisan training is a great step which will assist with skills empowerment and job opportunities. Perrier said the Municipality’s own survey of the homeless showed that most people living on the streets were looking for the chance to work in order to turn their lives around. “The Task Team is now starting to put those findings into action and this welding course will make a concrete difference in the lives of 30 homeless people.

We hope that other employers and training organisations will also respond positively and show that Durban can be a caring City for all its people, including our homeless residents,” said Perrier. The multi-sectorial task team, which was established in September 2018, comprises of community representatives, business, faith-based organisations, government organisations and City officials.
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