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Building Bridges of Opportunity
The NETwork newsletter, 1st Quarter, 2013


In a country where growing inequality has resulted in 20% of the population earning two-thirds of the national income, those living in poverty are often excluded from information and connections which could give them the hand up they need to improve their situation. 

NETwork exists to build bridges of opportunity between the unemployed and employers. And in the process, we've seen hundreds of people transformed from dejected and hopeless into motivated and proactive individuals able  to make the most of every opportunity given them. 

Last year, over 250 students, both local and foreign, graduated from NETwork's Job Readiness programme and  more than 200 of these students were placed in full-time or part-time employment! We're dreaming an even bigger dream for 2013. A dream where hundreds more lives are impacted, connected and thriving.

We want to take this moment to share with you some of the lives that have been impacted. We hope you will continue to journey with us as we bring hope and dignity to many more people in 2013!



Changing Lives


We are so excited and grateful for the 24 donations we receive each month through the 12 Campaign. These donations are made up of 27 individuals and 11 elders from Common Ground Church. Their generosity has been the key to the success of this campaign. We also extend a huge thanks to the business people who have shared this vision and given of their resources to make it a reality. For more info, click here.



Meet the Barista


ROLLY KAYEMBE was part of the first Job Readiness class of 2012. An experienced photographer, musician and salesman, he struggled to find permanent work in South Africa. Rolly participated in the Waiter Training course and gained experience at The Dross and Primi Piatti. NETwork secured a 4-month contract for him with Bon Appetit caterers over the cricket season. Then, with the skills he developed on these placements and with his professional CV and job search strategies developed in the Job Readiness course, he was able to find full-time work at Vida e Café in Cape Town. Between making double espressos and macchiatos, Rolly looks out for service industry jobs for other NETwork graduates, and sends us new students whenever he can.



Caring For Kids


JEANNE-FRANCINE KAMUGWERA loves children but, despite her nanny certificate and childcare experience, she was working as a car guard when she came to NETwork. She graduated from our Job Readiness course and was able to learn basic Computer Literacy and improve her English during her time with us. Jeanne-Francine was successful in an interview secured for her by NETwork, and she now works full-time for a young family in Rondebosch, where she plays an essential role as her employer is a busy financial auditor. She is very happy in her job. “Now I’m permanent and I praise God … thank you for helping me,” she says.

How to help… Donate


Laptops/computers – We need any second-hand laptop or desktop computers to expand our computer room and resource hub. 

Clothing – If you have any quality second-hand clothing, we would appreciate any donations for our job-seeking students.

Finances - We rely on financial contributions from individuals and companies who partner with us in making the NETwork vision come to life. Click here for our banking details. Or to find out more about the various options available for financial giving, please email Ruben.

How to help... Employ a Graduate


As an employer you have the potential to make a huge difference in a NETwork graduate's life by offering a job opportunity through your company or in your personal capacity. By doing this you be a part of changing attitudes and contributing to the economic livelihood of many. Please email Judith for more info.

Stay in Touch


1. Follow us on Facebook
2. Visit our website
3. Call us on 021 761 5370
4. Email us to organise a visit


NETwork graduates

Graduation Celebration


Well done to all those who graduated in 2012!
·    254 Job Readiness programme graduates
·    155 English course graduates
·    46 Computer course graduates
·    43 Waiter training graduates



Making That Call


PRUDENCE BOSCH's strong personal faith has been an example to everyone around her. NETwork was able to support her not only with job skills training, but when her house burned down two weeks into the course, with basic equipment to start again. By the time Prudence graduated, she had three job options to choose between! She accepted the offer of a learnership with the Nimble group, and will be placed into call centre work on completion of this training, for which she receives a generous monthly stipend. Feedback from Nimble has been very positive – Prudence is proving herself to be a great investment all round.


20 New Computers!


Last year, NETwork submitted a computer donation application as one of the Mr Price Jumpstart partners to the Dell Development Fund for consideration. In March, we received 20 brand new Dell desktop computers and a data projector worth R250 000 to expand our current computer programme. We are extremely grateful to the Dell Development Fund for their generosity. This donation will ensure many more students will now be able to benefit from our computer training. 

How to help... Volunteer


Computer Literacy Classes: We are looking for volunteers to assist and run these classes. Each class has eight students and all the training materials are provided. Email us for more info.

Teaching English: We are looking for people to assist with additional intermediate and beginner classes. Material has already been developed; we just need willing support for our regular teachers.

Classes: Mon-Thurs, 13h30-15h00 (Intermediate); Tues, 13h30-15h00, and Sat, 09h00-10h45 (Beginners) 
Email us for more info.
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