Siyakha opens second think tank

The friendly and dedicated trainers at Siyakha Education Trust Learning Lab are Nelson Mokoena, Judith Marodi, Frans Masenga, Lerato Tjie and Ruan Strydom.

BURGERSFORT – On Saturday Siyakha Education Trust Learning Lab not only opened their second think tank, but also made a generous contribution towards Portia Mashaba’s education when she was announced the lucky winner of a brand-new laptop.

Siyakha Education Trust Learning Lab, located in Tubatse Crossing shopping centre, is the education and community development initiative of Resilient Property Income Fund, the Fortress Income Fund and Lodestone REIT Limited. Siyakha, derived from Zulu, means to build and that is exactly what they aim to do – build the future of the youth.

“The lab was equipped with only one think tank, but due to the high demand and interest shown by the community, we decided to build another one that is equipped with 28 computers to assist with their training and development,” said Keziah Venter, Siyakha Education Trust chief operations officer.

During the opening of the new think tank, Siyakha also held a competition in which 28 lucky finalists had the chance to win a brand-new laptop. Venter was in charge of the draw and as a contender’s number was drawn, it was eliminated until there was only one left. Each finalist received a consolation price for their participation. Mashaba was the lucky winner and burst into tears when she realised that she had won the grand prize. She was also interviewed by Thobela FM after the competition. They broadcast live from Siyakha on Saturday.

Siyakha Education Trust Learning Lab offers free Internet to pupils of all ages. They also provide free courses, training and study guides. The trust’s dream is to help transform people from being mere faces in a crowd, to people being able to face the crowd. The trust provides sustainable educational projects in rural South Africa, spanning all nine provinces.

It focuses on specialised teaching equipment, rural infrastructure investment, educator knowledge training, professional development support and special-needs schools development. In a nutshell, Siyakha Education Trust makes a difference by providing the tools which support education, helping to transform the human resource into an economic asset.

Locals who want to register to make use of the free learning lab must visit the lab at Tubatse Crossing with their original identification documents (ID, driver’s licence, proof of residence or birth certificate).

  AUTHOR
Chané van der Merwe
Journalist

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