- With the South African unemployment being so high in South Africa, Bishop Ebenezer Ntlali decided he was going to do something about it
- So, he helped more than 400 graduates with tertiary funding, as well as internships following their studies
- He even offers premarital education, which he does for free
According to Tradingeconomics.com, 26.7% of all South Africans are unemployed, this calculates to an estimated 5.5 million people who are without a job.
So, the religious leader form Grahamstwon, Eastern Cape, is doing his part in battling the high unemployment rate which is crippling the people of South Africa.
Whether he does it by helping students with tertiary funding or giving them free advice and counselling every Wednesday.
The bishop helped the people that came to him in need through the various programmes in the Grahamstown Diocese Development Trust.
Ntatli feels it his Christian duty to help the less fortunate, including the women who lost their husbands.
“Our Christianity is carrying one another’s load. We also take care of widows in our church. Even premarital counselling is available for everyone”, he said.
Ntatli, a member of the Rotary Club, arranges agreements with various companies to host students until the required time to complete their qualification.
However, there were ‘heart-breaking’ times where funding was delayed and Ntatli said it was hard to explain to students there was no money to help them.
“Having to explain to the students that the money did not come in at the expected date hurts me because that is when you see the tears, but they are very understanding,” he said.
One person who is a living testimony of Ntatli’s kind heart is Siphokazi Luwaqa, the partner of Nomvete Sayo and Luwaqa Incorporate.
“Before that I had financial problems but the stipend I received lightened the load because I could cover my needs such as transport and rent because I am not from Butterworth.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be where I am if they hadn’t granted me the opportunity. I am so grateful,” she said.
Ntlali said: “I can’t explain my gift but what I can say is I can’t stand to see people being in poverty, whether they are children or adults.
“I do what I do because I love it and I believe it is a fulfilment of the calling. The heart of Jesus is there in the poverty,” he said.
Another person who benefited from the work the bishop does is 38-year-old Amanda Sityana, who worked at a fast food restaurant for two year before landing a job at Cacilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane.
“I thank God for them. I am here because of them. It is not easy to get employment at my age but here I am through them and God,” said Sityana.
The archdeacon to the bishop, Bubele Mfenyana, praised the bishop the “many great things” he had done.
“He is strong on development and he brings his vision to help the community.”
And to top it off, the bishop expects nothing in return, one does not even have to be a member of the Anglican Church.
Ntlali said: “When they receive help it humbles me. I am thankful to God who entered the government before I did because without them we wouldn’t have so many successes. They are a great help to these projects. I cannot do it alone.”
Dispatch LIVE reported the bishop and his team are also among the first to respond when someone’s home caught fire.
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