One of the Southern Cape’s major wind farms recently launched a basic computer literacy course for locals – and it’s been a resounding success.
Launched by the Kouga Wind Farm near Oyster Bay, the course has been enthusiastically received by the community who now can boast having been equipped with marketable skills to gain meaningful employment, while those already enjoying employment have been able to improve their computer knowledge.
Funded by the wind farm and facilitated by Rehoboth Training Solutions, the programme was initiated to improve access to and literacy in information technology.
It has been rolled out in the Humansdorp, Sea Vista and Umzamowethu communities and over 100 people have already taken advantage of the free course, with more to follow this month.
Participants learnt computer basics such as mouse control, typing skills, printing, operating Microsoft Word and Excel, and how to send and receive e-mails.
“We hope this will be an ongoing programme, training as many keen people in the area, especially previously disadvantaged women and youth, as possible,” says economic development manager Trevor Arosi.
Enthusiastic participant Melicia Khondlo, 36, says she is very optimistic about securing a job now that she has the certificate of completion under her belt.
“I really enjoyed myself while learning these new skills. I am so happy, and grateful, to have been given this chance.”
Ntombekhaya Plaatjie, 35, says she did not know how to use a computer before and plans to continue upgrading her new skills.
After forgetting much of the basic computer skills she learned at school, Enechia Kriega, 34, says this course really helped her.
Enechia, who works at a crèche, says the course left her feeling completely motivated and that she plans to do more in the future.