Swayimane women join the School of Fashion


Seven of our Swayimane community ladies have taken upon themselves the responsibility of paying for their training at The Gateway School of Fashion. Lungile Zondi, Khethiwe Ngcobo, Goodness Nxumalo and Minenhle Bhengu of Zakahle CLA as well as Gugu Mhlongo, Sbongile Shangase and Nokuphiwa Myaka of Zimiseleni CLA, all from eHlabathini area, have made phenomenal progress in their studies for the Basic Business Skills Level One training. Their learning included developing a business plan, carrying out a feasibility study of their business idea, and employing problem-solving skills to get the business running. These ladies’ enthusiasm was a key factor in inspiring us to source technical skills training for them.

In April, they enrolled at Gateway School of Fashion to start their designing and sewing course, with much excitement at the fulfillment of their dreams. In addition to giving our beneficiaries theoretical training, we also go further to source technical skills training for them. This is our first 2015 group to take the initiative and sponsor their studies themselves, proving that no obstacle is big enough to destroy a dream!


They started the course in Fashion Designing on 27 April 2015. The course will run until December. They have managed to cleverly negotiate discounted transport rates, instead of R52 per person return to Swayimane daily, they will pay R700 from Tuesdays to Fridays. They carry lunch boxes to college with very healthy food. They share amongst themselves, not allowing anyone to fall short or remain behind. The group has also paid for members unable to afford the course, ensuring that they could attend. When the group discovered that Goodness Nxumalo had no money for the fashion school fees, in no time they raised the required R100 collectively in R20 notes, R10 notes and even coins!

All are driven to achieve this qualification, missing no school days! The ladies are so grateful for this opportunity to study: they had never dreamed that one day they would be capable of paying for their studies, let alone in town, not in a million years! With constant encouragement, they realise that indeed Zimele came to help them stand on their feet.
Ladies at Schoolbursary student
Above L-R: Swayimane ladies never late for school…
and bursary student, Nokuphiwa striving not to disappoint

GuguMam Shangase
Above L-R: Gugu said to be well versed with sewing and
63 year old MamShangase, threading a needle       

Report by: Margrose Chiborise


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