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According to the Statistics SA *Quarterly Labour Force Survey, released in the first quarter of 2013, there are 4.6-million unemployed South Africans. The country’s official unemployment rate now sits at 25.2% of the total population. Students attending one of Learn to Earn’s 11 week Sewing courseThe reasons for this are many; a legacy of structural inequality; a failing education system; a lack of jobs for unskilled workers; and in a vicious cycle, people lacking the skills to enter the workplace. The knock-on effect is deepening poverty, and a continued lack of access to job opportunities for generation after generation.Aiming to break this cycle of poverty is Learn to Earn (LtE), a skills development organisation based in Khayelitsha, and in the seaside town of Hermanus, in the Western Cape.The organisation’s philosophy is “give a hand up and not a hand out”; and it focuses particularly on helping people take charge of their own financial and social wellbeing.“LtE was established in 1989 and since then we have had over 10 000 people graduate from our programmes, “says Barbara Lipp, communications and events manager at Learn to Earn.“For those who work and volunteer at Learn to Earn the most rewarding part is seeing the change in our graduates’ perspectives of themselves,” says Lipp.“It is an amazing moment to see a person change from being in a negative, self-depreciating space to that of wholeness and realising that they have a role to play in changing their communities and South Africa for the better.”PROGRAMMESSkills courses offered include Sewing, Home Management, Woodwork, Office Administration, Graphic Design, and Point-of-Sale and Customer Service. Each course has different entry requirements, which range from basic literacy and numeracy to a completed Grade 10. All courses include a Life Skills component and Old Mutual’s On the Money basic finance skills programme.The life skills course includes modules on self-awareness, self-esteem, family relationships and conflict resolution, CV writing and job preparation, as well as dealing with substance abuse.The Feel Good Project aims to train unskilled and low-skilled people to work in the retail supply chain. The project was initiated in 2008 in partnership with South African retail giant, TFG (The Foschini Group). Project trainees are selected from students who have completed one or more of the organisation’s market-related training courses for further training in the retail, supply and warehousing sectors.ENTREPRENEURSHIPLearn to Earn’s Business Resource Centre aims to assist graduates in converting their newly acquired sewing skills into income generating activitiesLearn to Earn’s three-year Enterprise Enabling Environment or E³ programme arms budding entrepreneurs with small business skills to open up their own businesses. The course teaches students bookkeeping, marketing, and human resource management, among others. The students work with mentors experienced at running small businesses.“As an organisation, Learn to Earn’s mission is to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually,” says Lipp.“When we achieve our mission, we are then able to start achieving our vision – to eradicate unemployment and other legacies of injustice in South Africa and Africa as a whole.”PLAY YOUR PARTOn average it costs just more than R9 000 to put one of the participants through the programmes and Learn to Earn welcomes corporate and personal donations. The organisation also holds fundraising dinners and works with partners to pay running and programme costs.To find out more or donate to Learn to Earn, email the organisation at email@example.com, or contact Aleks Jablonska on 021 671 2230 for more details.*The QLFS is a household-based sample survey conducted by StatsSA and covers the labour market activities of people aged 15 to 64.
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Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann of AAP. Photo by Rajwant Rawat.Bhagwant Mann, 41Constituency: SangrurDefeated: Shiromani Akali Dal veteran and former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by 2,11,721 votes.He joined Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption with 400 other young men sporting basanti pagris (yellow turbans) in 2011. “We went there to mark Bhagat Singh’s attendance,” says forty-one-year-old Bhagwant Mann who has just completed a seamless transition from being Punjab’s most loved comedian and satirist to becoming the new kid on the block who recorded a slam-dunk victory over one the Shiromani Akali Dal’s tallest stalwarts S.S. Dhindsa in Sangrur.Mann, who made his political debut as a nominee of Manpreet Badal’s Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) against former Congress CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal from Lehra (Sangrur) in February 2012, chose to go with Aam Aadmi Party in Lok Sabha 2014.This after Manpreet tied up with the Congress and subsequently even contested the Bathinda seat against Harsimrat Badal on a Congress ticket. “Bhagat Singh opposed the Congress so how can his followers join them in an election,” Mann says not in the least trying to mask his aversion for the path his former mentor chose.Employing his full repertoire – his ever-ready repartee, incredulous wit and decidedly deft turn of vernacular phrase, the comedian, a household name and face in Punjab, captured the collective imagination of Sangrur’s electorate.Using the invariable presence of young people at his poll rallies he would routinely crack a joke or two but always end on a serious note that struck many raw nerves: “Why are there so many young people here.. do they expect that I will give them tickets to contest the coming assembly elections? They are here because they don’t have jobs,” Mann would say. And the youth. They loved him.advertisementAnd they loved it even more when he took on the Badals – chief minister Parkash Singh and his son Sukhbir. Village women at his nukkad sabhas were in fits when he suggested that they “scrub hard” to erase the CM’s image from the utensils being distributed by the SAD-BJP government at a pre-poll freebie. “Comedy is very serious business because it is much easier to make people weep than get them to smile or laugh,” Mann says happily elaborating on the “boundless capacity of politicians to bring tears to people through price rise, unemployment, pollution, corruption.” And now that he will be in Parliament, all of us can expect a good measure of cheer around the Lok Sabha sessions.
Dodgers (Men’s Open) and Crushers (Women’s Open) sit atop the premiership ladder in the respective elite divisions after some high quality fixtures dominated second round action Friday night in Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s 2006 Powerade Isotonic SEQTL.The in form Dodgers machine picked up from where they left off last week in the Men’s Open division with a slashing 11 – 6 score line over Country Club United.Fielding only eight players due to injury and other commitments, the Dodgers boys worked brilliantly together to cover for a lack of numbers by working a six- player rotation across 4 positions with young wingers Terry Thompson and Jesse Green admirably playing the whole game without a substitute.It’s early days yet, but with a number of State and National representatives to come back into the side, Centre bet may be tempted to make the “no more bets” call on the Labrador lads as the odds shorten of a maiden premiership crown in 2006. Boasting a strong understanding and combination across the playing roster, the Dodgers boys are amongst the most talented teams in the competition. Blessed with a strong NTL winning Sharkies flavour, the Coasties are spoilt for choice turning on a variety of expansive or short games to suit the occasion at will.Australian Open Representatives Ben Robinson, Ben Mc Cullen, Riki Best, Nathan Jones and Qld Open Men’s player Ryan Pollock mix up their game easily with their Kiwi superstars and a host of young up and comers from the SQBD region.Whilst things “weren’t exactly treasury” for Country Club on Friday night, to their credit they never stopped trying, with evergreen veteran Dave Raper directing traffic better than Tom Croydon at peak hour on the South East Freeway. In the early feature match on Field One at 7.20pm, Redcliffe Colts and Uni-Rebels squared off in what was always going to be a keenly contested affair.Uni-Rebels had a narrow victory over premiers Crushers last week, and despite losing the north side battle in their first game against CCU, the Colts boys showed enough to suggest that they were going to cause some real headaches when they hit their stride.Colts mixed up their traditional power driving and short game with some great expansive ball movement to defeat Rebels 6 – 4.Uni-Rebels overcame a sluggish start to reel in a 3 touch down deficit on the stroke of half time to take the score to 3 –2.Shortly after half-time Qld Open Mixed player Damian Moar, making a welcome return to Uni-Rebels, crafted a touchdown for his team and at 3-3 it was game on.The game ebbed and flowed with both sides threatening to blow the contest open at different points. Eventually Colts got the decisive touchdown, with Uni-Rebels veteran Graham Whyte being dispatched to the bin for dissent in the aftermath.The game was all but gone when Colts iced the game cake at 6 – 4 with the fat lady half way down Cavendish road as the full time siren sounded.Benny Roberts and Troy Clark were in everything and at their scheming best for Colts, whilst Jason Powell and Damian Moar were the pick of an inconsistent Rebels side that will no doubt lift for next Friday’s big game against the undefeated Dodgers.In the 8.10pm game on Field 6 Crushers had a narrow 3 –2 escape over the young CTA Slammers outfit that produced a more settled display in their second competition game of the season. Crushers needed to call on all their experience to keep the Caboolture boys at bay.Down 2 – 1 at half time, an intercept ‘meatie’ by Jay Latumanhina kept Crushers in the contest.The Premiers had to fight all the way before eventually nailing down the coffin on the Slammers combination two minutes before full time.‘The postman’ Chris Farrow, delivered the big play as always, for a 3 – 2 victory to the Crusher Boys.In Round 3 action this coming Friday, The CTA Slammers will feature in an intriguing match up on Field One at 7.20pm against CCU in the match of the round.The young CTA Slammers side will fancy their chances to notch a maiden premiership game victory after their performance against Crushers, and CCU will be keen to atone for their defeat at the hand’s of Dodgers.In a tough one to call, Crushers take on Redcliffe Colts at 6.30pm on field 2 in the early bird- two for one- seat special, and Dodgers and Rebels square off in the nightcap game at 9.00pm on Field 5. In Powerade Isotonic SEQTL Women’s Open action, Premiers Uni-Rebels flexed their muscles in a dominant 6-1 victory over the young Country Club United outfit.The star-studded Rebels side, who by their own admission, had a spluttering start to the season last week in a narrow loss to Sharkies, came out firing to shell shock the CCU girls early.Uni-Rebels and Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman, was much happier with the completion rates, ball movement, and finishing skills of her team as they cranked into gear and showed just why they are the benchmark team in the competition.Renee Murphy made a welcome return this week, and immediately added great direction to the team along with 2005 SEQTL Player of the Final, Sally Urquhart medallist Kylie Hilder.Qld Open Schoolgirl Jess Shaw continues to step up and play well in Open company, and the mercurial Teena Mc Ilveen donned the cloak of invisibility and glided undetected through the CCU defence at will. The “Mc Daddy” had a fantastic game mixing intelligent hole running and sonic fast feet to stamp her authority on the game. After trailing 5 – 1 at half-time the North side girls regrouped and came back determined to not let the score line blow out like a Bronco in the off-season.CCU’s Qld Open Mixed player Rebecca Tavo led by example and left it all out on the field for her team, and the Tupuhi sisters Toni and Delwyn, gave solid support to restrict Rebels to only one second half touchdown when the full time siren sounded.In the TV game on field 1 at 8.10pm Crushers and Redcliffe Colts shared the points in a thrilling draw that was full of high quality driving, great ball movement, resolute defence and a frenetic ‘bizaro’ finish.Both teams were down important personnel with four key players for Crushers unavailable and Colts without pivotal Youth World Cup representative Nikki Etheridge and the experienced Casey Clark. Despite the missing stars, both teams turned on a great display of power Touch for such an early stage of the season and, like all other teams, have much to look forward to as the Powerade Isotonic SEQTL unfolds.Incredibly, for 36 minutes of the contest there was no score. Then in the last four minutes the two teams traded touchdowns not once, but twice, to settle things at 2-2.The game was end to end, a real battle of attrition. I was calling for the water bottle and I was just watching from the sidelines!Playing at break-neck pace, something had to give, and Colts winger Carolyn Luschwitz found the chink.Coming out from her own end, she seized on a Crusher’s defensive error to scoot 50 metres to score and put Colts up cradling the lead at 1 – 0.Crushers Co-Captains Michelle Gilpin and Alyce Hulbert, refusing to concede defeat, moved the ball cleverly from left to right to NZ Women’s Open Player Anita Kerrigan who expertly drew the defence to give winger Kathrine Moore a narrow passage to the line.At 1-1, with barely a minute and a half on the clock, both coaches were reasoning that a draw was pretty indicative and a fair take on the game.Australian Open Mixed coach Gary Madders famously said to his Country Club United girls in the third of their four grand final victories in 2003 when they were narrowly up with not too much time left on the clock, “The game always has a long way to go” Everyone participating in last night’s game now knows what that means.After a penalty on the score line and some clever interchange of passing, Lauren Potter backed herself, ran at a hole and dived low at the score line to put the Colts girls up 2 –1 with 30 seconds left on the clock.From the restart Crushers Youth World Cup player Bindi Hammett worked a short play with Qld Open Mixed representative and big occasion specialist Nicola Slade.Slade, who had an industrious game, ran an outside line then snapped in spearing between the middles to score the equalizer with not too much time remaining.Colts Coach Craig Morrow was delighted with the focus and application his team mustered in driving out of their own end. Employing a very “Mets centric” rucking ideology, the Colts girls drove with a lot of discipline to earn great field position consistently during the game.Australian Women’s Open player Peta Rogerson was in everything for Colts, causing more headaches for the Crushers defence than a World Cup victory for Socceroo supporters.Lauren Potter, Aleisha Kuhn, and Gemma ‘Bruiser’ Etheridge all stood up for Colts in a really solid season opening. They will build nicely into the season with more training and development of combinations as they go. Crushers, whose defence was a highlight, were best served by experienced new recruit Theresa Anderson who directed traffic well and is making pleasing progress from a knee reconstruction, Kathrine ‘Dooie’ Moore who was solid all over the field, and Captains Gilpin and Hulbert.Round 3 action Friday night features a great match-up at 7.20pm on Field 7.Redcliffe Colts take on Griffith-Sharks who will be fresh after the bye.The “Powerade Power game” in the Women’s Open on field one pits Premiers Uni-Rebels up against top of the table Crushers at 8.10pm.Country Club United have the bye.All teams are building well into the season; expect some engrossing encounters as the best players in South East Queensland do battle in Round 3 of the Powerade Isotonic SEQTL.When in doubt, throw the flick and if you get the chance, Vote for Pedro and your wildest dreams will come true.