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Graduation December 2018

This year FCD issued 346 certificates to candidates who participated in the 6 programmes being offered by the centre. Some of the learners completed more than one course, however, the overall impact on the community is that 255 families’ lives have been positively influenced by training initiative and the opportunities that this has resulted in.

Chairman, Neels Hubinger shared that being at our graduation ceremony, gives him a little taste of heaven each year.

Sibable Komanisi, FCD intern and imbongi, gathered the crowd into the hall singing praises for the work God has been doing in the life of each learner. 

Pastor Desmond opened the ceremony in prayer and was supported by Sharrol and Emelio from Common Ground Church Durbanville who led the worship.

195 candidates completed the job readiness programme which develops people emotionally, spiritually, socially and economically through life skills, customer service training and basic computer skills.

Kwanele Kawe, one of the guest speakers at the event, completed the Job Readiness programme in 2017. She shared how this course had been a springboard for her to enter into a learnership programme at The Pepper Club Hotel and that through hard work and dedication she has worked her way up the ranks in the hotel, from kitchen assistant to storeman and now to hotel reception.

54 candidates choose to equip themselves with office administrative and call centre skills though our Office Basics course, while 29 individuals joined FCD to start or grow a small business through our Bake for Profit and Business Skills courses.

During 2018 we equipped 33 Frail Carers with the skills to care for the frail and elderly. Bulelwa Makubalo​, Most motivated to succeed Frail Care award winner, said that she was so grateful to her friend for forcing her to do the frail care course. “Growing up I always wanted to become a nurse, but I did not finish matric. I never liked reading and I did not feel like studying, but Sister Ancilla was so encouraging and explained the work so well that I started enjoying my studies. I am so grateful that I can live my dream now of caring for people”.

FCD have also made inroads directly in the communities of Fisatekraal and Klipheuwel by running training at venues in those areas – enabling those who cannot afford to travel to Durbanville an opportunity to receive training within walking distance from their homes.

Congratulations to our award winners and to all the incredible people who have become part of the FCD family this year through your participation in our training programmes.
We are so proud of your achievements.

We were delighted to be able to bless our Most motivated to succeed winners and Entrepreneur of the Year with gift cards from Checkers #ActForChange.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award went to
Noluvo Saleni, a 2017 Bake for Profit graduate, who was running a tshisa nyama (braai) from her home when she joined the BfP class early in 2017. She embraced the training, and used her skills to grow her business to include vetkoek and birthday cakes. she branded the entrance of her home with her signage “Vovolicious Cafe” and the business kept flowing in. Noluvo now runs a thriving

business in the heart of Fisantekraal.

Most motivated to succeed awards were given to

Lacea Marais, Frail Carer, for the compassion shown towards residents and visiting them during her off times to read, chat or do hair or nail care.

Sindiswa Thungwana, Frail Care, for hard work and excellent performance accademically and practically.

Bulelwa Makubalo, Frail Care, for perservering and overcoming her fear of reading and studying to become an excellent carer.

Leandre Carelse Leandre Carelse got a job at Edgars in Tygervalley soon after her JRP course. She was always eager to learn


Deborah Chimbalanga, Bake for Profit : for application of business principles, keeping her costs down in order to make enough profit to pay herself a salary on numerous occassions – and for showing much initiative in finding ways to grow her business.

Catherine Manda, Bake for Profit : for her determination to increase her income during the course while working as a char for 2 families, she still managed to achieve her baking and sales targets.

Lawrene Harris, from Fisantekraal, participated in all 3 courses offered at our Satellite training venues in Fisantekraal and Klipheuwel. She was nominated by all 3 her trainers as the most motivated person to succeed. Her Business Skills trainer nominated her for her exemplary attitude of involvement, sharing of insights and experience and assisting the delegates over the duration of the course. She has a remarkable ability to encourage others and enthusiastically participated in all sessions. Even though Lawrene the tragedy of losing her son in a freak accident, she decided to return to class in honour of her children for whom she wants to improve the quality of her life.

Priscilla Mphithi, Office Basics, for joining FCD in 2015 to obtain employment at Mr Price to support herself through her studies at CPUT – and then returning to FCD to brush up on her pc skills in order to get the best job possible.
Sithobele Mhlakaza Sithobele has been on maternity leave from Mr Price but decided to do the course to gain more skills and to look for more opportunities when she goes back to work. She always goes the extra mile by offering her heto help and is eager to learn and participates in class.

We also took time to honour the following Sunshine Award winners, for bringing sunshine into the class by their positive attitude, active participation and contribution to the well-being of others:

Job Readiness graduates : Curtley January, Peareen Molphy, Thando Kalawe, Fatima Johnson, Kim Fortuin; Frail Care graduates : Felicia Merton, Bongi Ncuvana, Rochelle Matthee; Fisantekraal and Klipheuwel Satellite classes : Morris Charles; Bake for Profit graduates : Roseline Mfengu, Nomawethu Mlotywa; Office Basics : Lee-Anne Jegels, Chloe Davids, Cheryl-Ann Basson

FCD are grateful to the partners, donors, volunteers, staff and part-time trainers who have enabled them to make an impact in the community.