On Wednesday, 24 October, a group of local ladies received their forklift operator certificates. This programme was initiated in partnership with EIE Group’s Toyota Industrial Equipment and Sasol and part of the Youth Skills Development initiative.
“The project was established early 2018 to create a pool of employable youths in the community, of whom 20 local female youths were trained as forklift drivers in this intake. The training, which covered theory and practical training at Sasol Secunda operations, was for the duration of two months (from 14 May to 13 July 2018). As part of the training, the leaners were placed at the Sasol Secunda site in the following departments: Explosives, Secunda Chemicals Operations; Logistics, Base Chemicals and at the Polypropylene warehouse. Ten learners had an opportunity to work during the 2018 shutdown as part of work integrated learning.”
The ladies were all gorgeously dressed to a tee with smiles from ear to ear, shades of pink and red lipstick to match their beautifully made up faces and heels that were sky high. They added to the exciting atmosphere when tears of joy and happiness filled their eyes upon receiving their certificates.
Mr Ben Matai spoke graciously about how these women add value to the workplace and how they should continue to dream and never give up on those dreams. – Ané Prinsloo