- Irna Makalima is using his qualifications to help better the lives of three men by employing them at his auto mechanical repair shop so that they can gain experience
- Once Lizo, Eishiad and Sibonise have four years' worth of practical experience, they will be able to take the trade test and become qualified auto-mechanics, which will open the doors for them when seeking employment
- Makalima, the owner of OBD Automobiles & Training, is only able to train three men at a time due to financial and time constraints, but he wishes to enable those who have a passion for the automotive industry
Lizo Mzekeli, Eishiad Heslop and Sibonise Piet will find it easier to walk into any car workshop and find work once they have qualified as auto mechanics. They are being helped to achieve this goal by Irna Makalima, who is giving them the experience required to be able to work in the industry.
Before, without the needed qualifications, these men have struggled to find work. Their passion for cars has always been strong, Briefly.co.za gathers, but without experience, no one would employ them.
Irna Makalima decided to employ them and train them to give them a fighting chance. Makalima is a qualified auto mechanic and former lecturer at Buffalo City College. He also owns the shop where Lizo, Eishiad and Sibonise currently work and train.
DispatchLIVE reported that even though Makalima received a stipend from the Services Seta, he had to cover additional training costs himself. He told them “Mercedes-Benz only started offering pre-evaluation tests last year. Before then I had to take the students to Volkswagen in Uitenhage, which was very costly."
Once their training is over and they have completed four years of service, the three aspiring mechanics will be allowed to take the test that will make them qualified auto mechanics. Without the help of their patron, this may never have happened.
Makalima believes that small businesses are in a position to help educate and uplift the unemployed. Hats off to a man who believes in helping the community.
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