Well its the end of April 2021 and lockdown continues – albeit level 1, which allows us a certain amount of freedom and providing we exercise social distancing and keep sanitizing and wearing our masks, we are going well with our classes.
Besides Mpilo Nxumalo our computer facilitator /handy man/jack of all trades and myself nobody else at Embocraft Training Centre has been found positive for the Covid 19 virus. we were able to fight it off and I am happy to say all is good with us both.
Great things have been happening at Embocraft Training Centre since my last blog with I am ashamed to say was way back in November 2020, just before we shut down for our Christmas holidays which seem to have been eons ago!!
Our new manager Anthea Jansen has made quite a few changes to the centre (all of which are positive) .
It is always good to have a fresh brain and as they say, a new broom sweeps clean.
Our shop has undergone many changes and looks really inviting.
Our Conference room is getting a facelift and the most amazing mural is being painted on the back wall.
This room is available for hire for small conferences and can seat up to 40 people comfortably (socially distancing 20)
Thanks to Daisy White who is a talented artist and who facilitates our fabric painting classes.
Unfortunately our volunteer woodworking trainer who is a retired gent has not been able to return for training as yet as he and his wife both are in the age bracket of being vulnerable to Covid and he feels it best to stay away. Decisions now to be made will be to raise funds to employ a full time trainer and continue with this much needed training.
Production teams have been working very hard with orders received and this is where we are able to employ past graduates and assist them to generate some income. The income from this is important for Embocraft as well as any money generated from this goes towards our training and running costs.
Arc welding training
Welding training is going well and a past student that is assisting Eric is now producing articles to be sold in our little craft shop. He is very talented and is producing amazing wrought iron products.
Basic sewing groups
Thandi Mtheku our sewing trainer continues on in her amazing way to uplift the community that she loves and imparts with her knowledge happily on to the new students. Monday to Thursday she teaches her students the basics of sewing enabling them to attain a skill that will be with them for life.
Embocraft Craft Shop
Busani who was an intern with Woza Moya, was employed as our shopkeeper when Woza Moya decided to move back to their premises in Hillcrest. He also assists with any other work when necessary.
Business is picking up nicely for our outside traders, Mr Wood (Malvern) the pallet man and Josephat the amazing wood carver.
As we approach Winter months, please give a thought to the community we serve and should you have any warm clothing or blankets please drop this off at our premises and we will distribute them where needed.
Finally, this is my final blog on the web as I will be handing over to the next social media person from the end of March 2021. I have enjoyed being your eyes to the happenings at Embocraft Training Centre and wish my successor well,
Kind regards and blessing to all