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Songo is one of eta’s community partners and we have the privilege of providing bursaries and student support at their facility in Khayamandi.

We had our first Songo female graduate from last year and the second one has just started.

Songo graduates, Zola Ngxakeni and Ntlantla ‘Jersey’ Nonkasa benefited from the life-changing impact of our programme. As young adults, they are living Songo’s objective, of enabling every child “to be a confident, well-rounded individual who is gainfully employed and a contributing member of the community”.

Zola is now a junior technician at Specialized in Stellenbosch, accumulating skills that are highly in demand, and which will ensure rewarding employment for his entire working career. After studying sports management at eta College, Jersey is now a coach at Songo.

For both of them, the route to successful adulthood was neither predictable, nor straightforward, and as they relate in this video, the time they spent at Songo while growing up was critical to this.

They are racing for the Exxaro jersey at the Absa Cape Epic in 2022. Not only are they examples of the programme’s impact, but they are role models for the children currently in the programme.

Visit here if you would like to help them ‘pay it forward’, by donating to this GivenGain campaign, so that the life paths of future generations of Kayamandi children can be similarly impacted.

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