Born and raised in Reiger Park, Boksburg, 21 year old Simone Williams was awarded a place on a German Exchange Student Programme. The programme is called “Fundisanani Project” a Zulu word which means “Teach one Another”.
This is a German/South African initiative run by The Thabiso Skills Institute of
the Catholic Institute of Education. The Thabiso Skills Institute is a value-
Simone will be travelling to a Germany to a Skills village called Herzogsagmuhle which is 80 kilometers south west of Munich. She will be accommodated for a month by a volunteer host family. Here she will show fellow students what she has learned as well as learn from others on the programme. Simone will bring back this information and pass it on to others in the community of Reiger Park.
Simone did a six month Plumbing course at St Anthony’s Education Centre in 2012. She was awarded a bursary to pay for her course and St Anthony’s arranged a three month internship programme for her. She is currently doing a second internship in Parklands Estate in Boksburg.
While Simone was at school she participated in the Reading with Understanding programme
facilitated in Grades 8 and 9 at Reiger Park Secondary School. Once Simone was promoted
to Grade 10, she volunteered on the Legends Programme – a leadership programme for
Grade 10 to 12 learners. These Legends teams, consisting of learners from Reiger
Park Secondary School assisted with the “roll-
Simone was part of various Legend teams over an extended period of time – willingly assisting learners, like herself, with different aspects of the Reading with Understanding programme.
Simone proved to be a valuable team member to the Cynergy Foundation family, always ready to encourage and assist those experiencing similar situations which she herself had to overcome or adapt to.
She is currently active in her church, the New Apostolic Church.
Says Simone: “I have always wanted to be a Plumber. I grew up in Reiger Park where drugs, gangsterism and teenage pregnancy is common. I am determined not to fall into this lifestyle. St Anthony’s has given me a way out and I am very grateful to them. I am going to follow my passion and go all the way. I will not stop until I get there”.
Simone lives with her mother who is blind and her brother.
ST ANTHONY’S PRODUCES 19 ARTISANS
On Wednesday, 2 December, the graduation ceremony for 19 automotive repair and maintenance
technicians took place at St Anthony’s Education Centre in Reiger Park, Boksburg.
The event was attended by the Wayne Adams COO of merSETA, Raymond Patel CEO of the
merSETA, Wendy Matai manager of the dealer training academy at Mercedes-
In 2012 St Anthony’s, Mercedes-
Unfortunately five learners dropped out due to social issues and problems associated with living in disadvantaged communities. All 19 students did their trade tests at AA Technical College Midrand Campus and are now fully qualified artisans.
The learnership represents a major step forward in St Anthony’s efforts to offer quality training that equips learners with the knowledge and skills needed to secure decent formal employed as opposed to the precarious informal employment market that has been the fate of many learners in the past.