Steyn City is in the early phases of becoming South Africa's most visionary mixed-use lifestyle development to date. The estate will stretch over approximately 2 000 acres of wooded parkland and comprise commercial, retail, residential and leisure components, including an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, offering residents a lifestyle second to none. Due to the enormous scope of the development, job creation and local community empowerment opportunities within the neighbouring greater Diepsloot region are key areas of focus for the developers.
The Steyn City skills centre is a sponsored initiative providing training opportunities to people from the local communities by equipping them with the necessary skills to work on-site, so that they too can benefit from this large development currently underway on their doorstep.
The skills centre offers a course in bricklaying and plastering to 10 students at a time for the duration of two months and covers both theoretical and practical elements. Upon successful completion, the graduates obtain a legitimate qualification and employment on-site, as well as a new skill set for life. The first 10 graduates were recently awarded their qualifications and are now working at various building sites within the development.
Brighton Mudau, director of Powergate, the micro-company managing the skills centre comments, “The centre is sponsored by the development project’s investment and management team to ensure that the local communities also benefit from what will become Steyn City,” he says. “Facilitating these training programmes when individuals are so eager to learn and acquire skills that will inevitably benefit themselves and their families is a rewarding experience. The centre has the capacity for additional training so in future we hope to increase the number of courses offered and continue to enrich the lives of the local communities through skills development.”
Isaac Phala, the centre’s practical module facilitator, who was sourced from the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta), says students show incredible optimism as they develop and perfect their skills in bricklaying and plastering, knowing that they are working towards their future professions.