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22 June 2023 Media Release: GRDM awarded more than R5.2 million to train Garden Route unemployed youth as Home Based Care Personal Assistants

Media Release: GRDM awarded more than R5.2 million to train Garden Route unemployed youth as Home Based Care Personal Assistants

For Immediate Release
22 June 2023

GRDM was awarded more than R 5.2 million for training of 140 unemployed persons as Home Based Care Personal Assistants across the Garden Route district, including all seven (7) B-municipalities under the coordination of the Garden Route Skills Mecca Programme.

Dineo Ramasesane (GRSM Home Based Care Project Manager), Francisca Bruintjies (Former GRSM Technician), Clayton Peters (HWSeta), Chantolene Wilskut and Siphokazi Zukelwa (Home Based Care Personal Assistant programme participants), Ms Zubayda January (HWSeta), as well as Denise Marshall (Africa Skills Private College). The participants are placed at the Groenkloof Retirement Village.

The programme commenced on 1 March 2023 and will end by 31 August 2023. Training takes place at various training venues across the Garden Route district where students are exposed to both theoretical training and work-based learning. As part of the programme, learners receive monthly stipends, and at the end of the programme, subject to successfully completing a final assessment, they will be issued with a certificate of completion.

Provincial Manager of the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA), Zubayda January, on Friday, 31 March 2023, visited the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) as part of a monitoring process organised by the GRDM Corporate Services Department.

The Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) aims to create an integrated approach to the development and provision of suitably skilled health and social development workers, to render quality services similar to world class standards. Their ultimate vision, therefore, is to create a skilled workforce for the health and social development needs of all South Africans.

Dineo Ramasesane, one of the twelve (12) Garden Route Skills Mecca Technicians who is based at the GRDM’s Economic Development Unit, currently provides project management assistance with the Programme’s monthly meetings and continuously gives feedback and updates to the GRDM.

All participants of the Training Programme are placed for practical experience at old age homes such as Groenkloof, Tuiniqua, Specare Old Age Home and others situated across the Garden Route district. Many of these young people that applied themselves to the learning process may be offered permanent work once the programme is completed since this an occupational programme that allows a person to earn while they learn and create a positive relationship with a possible future employer over a six month period.


08 June 2023 Media Release: Grade 4 Learners Educated On Plastic Pollution

Media Release: Grade 4 Learners Educated On Plastic Pollution

For Media Release
8 June 2023

The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) Disaster Management Unit in collaboration with the George Local Municipality’s Disaster Management presented a World Environmental Health Day Awareness campaign at Heidedal Primary school in George on 5 June 2023.

The theme by the United Nations for this year’s Environment Awareness Day is plastic pollution. The GRDM and George Municipality’s officials decided to target Grade 4 learners for this year’s program. The objectives were to educate learners about what plastic pollution is; and the detrimental impacts plastic pollution has on the environment and animals.

It was emphasised in a highly interactive session that plastic is not biodegradable material, which means that it cannot decompose by living organisms. Many people choose to simply throw it away everywhere.

Learners were also encouraged to involve themselves in the recycling of plastics and other recyclable waste materials to avoid a polluted environment and illegal dumping.

The overall aim of this awareness campaign was to bring awareness to the younger generation of the severity of plastic pollution on our environment. A clean environment is a healthy environment, so it is also important to teach the kids how to prevent and fix this persistent issue.

Educational materials were handed out to learners during the session.