Port Elizabeth on MyPR: December 15, 2015: More than a hundred learners from Butterworth were assured of a more promising future when they graduated from a learnership programme hosted by the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) earlier this month.
The inspiring ceremony was held at Magalakangqa village in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape, with 108 graduates receiving certificates mainly for road construction skills.
SANRAL project manager Simphiwe Ngabase said the learners also received generic skills training on bricklaying and carpentry, where they were practically exposed to the building of a permanent site office structure. On completion of the project, the site office was converted to a community hall for the community.
“The site office was built during the implementation phase by more than 200 bricklaying and carpentry trainees from two wards. Instead of demolishing the building after completion of the project, it was converted for the residents to be utilised as a community centre,” said Ngabase.
“During the 2014/15 financial year SANRAL awarded 223 contracts worth R14.4 billion for new works, rehabilitation and improvement, periodic and special maintenance, routine road maintenance, community development, supervision and other activities. Furthermore, SANRAL spent R2.9 billion on contracts with SMMEs, of which more than R1.7 billion went to 765 black-owned firms. In terms of job creation, 19 820 average equivalent full-time jobs were created,” he said.
Author: Shaanaaz Loggenberg
Executive Mayor of Mnquma Local Municipality Baba Ganjana (centre), together with SANRAL officials, congratulates some of the learners who graduated in Butterworth earlier this month from a learnership programme hosted by the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL).
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