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Impacting lives

The eCentres have opened many doors for its users. We asked a few people how using the eCentres have impacted their lives.

Willem Dirks is a 39 year old paraplegic from Langebaan. He started using the eCentre in 2013 when he arrived in Langebaan. He was contacted by an organisation to offer him a learnership opportunity. With no CV, he had to urgently get one and he did so by going to the eCentre. "Having used the facilities at Cape Access, my whole life has changed. I completed my course successfully and now I have a permanent job, after being unemployed for 5 years," says Willem. 

Manelisi Valela is a Rigging Engineering student in Vredenburg. He works part-time in companies around Saldanha Bay to gather experience. Through the help and use of the eCentre, he's achieved 3 short course certificates with a construction company in Saldanha. "My CV is always up to date, I can print and scan my documents anytime. I also got a part-time job that I applied for using the eCentre's resources," says Manelisi. 

Anneske Erasmus started using the eCentre this year to apply for a college and she also completed a computer training course there. She encourages anyone who'd like to gain new skills and experience, to use the eCentres in their communities. " Many of our communities don't have access to digital equipment in their homes or they don't have any experience, the eCentres make a difference in the community so I recommend other citizens to use it," says Anneske. Anneske is now an intern at Louwville clinic.

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The content on this page was last updated on 14 February 2022