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MQASowetanLive reports on the cases of a number of unemployed persons who underwent skills development training funded by the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) but who are unable to find jobs even though they received their certificates.  

One such person Songezile Segade, 37, had hoped that the skills he got would open many doors for him as a disabled person and he keeps the eight certificates he received after completing the skills training like prized possessions.  He was one of 80 unemployed people from the impoverished mining town of Stilfontein in the North West who three years ago were selected to take part in the training.  They were paid a monthly stipend of R1,500 and were to be equipped with skills on solar systems, including installation, servicing and maintenance.  "I've been applying and attaching all my certificates and especially as someone with a disability, I expected to be called for an interview but I've not been called.  I've lost count how many CVs I've gone to drop off whenever there are vacancies."Segade said.  He said the training they received could have been improved as it lacked practical component.  He admitted that he would first need practical training before he could render services in the solar systems environment.  "We did theory on solar systems... all we know now is that the solar converts energy but we've not seen [it] practically, we've seen how it gets installed but in terms of the operations we don't know," he lamented.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Isaac Mahlangu at SowetanLive


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