Siphesihle Zinke Mjobi
Siphesihle completed the Sewing course in August 2017. Siphesihle did not complete her grade 12 at school and was therefore limited in what she could pursue in terms of studies. She always had an interest in sewing, but her mom did not have a sewing machine where she could learn how to sew. She did a google search on sewing courses in Cape Town and was not able to pay top dollar for a course. She was directed to the Salesian Institute Youth Projects Facebook page where she discovered the Sewing course, which forms part of the YES (Youth Employment Skills) Program at the facility.
“I want to be a designer, but the design courses are so expensive”, she says. “The Sewing course at the Salesian Institute was great and I really loved it. I’m so thankful, because further to the course the Salesians arranged for a learnership through one of their partner organisations – Sheraton Textiles.” This is a TVET college where you learn theory and practical. She travels from her home in Ottery to attend these classes. Siphesihle says she does not even mind getting up early to go to class.
“After the 9-month learnership I will have a job and then I will pursue my dream to become a fashion designer, buy my own machine and make amazing garments.”
Siphesihle says that the Life Skills course that formed part of the sewing course taught her a lot, gave her direction and skills which she will always apply wherever she goes. Her parents are very proud of her and she often visits Salesian Institute Youth Projects to come and say hello. Siphesihle is an ambassador for the Salesians and we follow her progress with interest.