Boitjhorisong Welding Training Centre
First participants completed Structural Welding training
During the first quarter of 2020, the Welding Training Centre in Zamdela, Sasolburg officially opened its doors. The Centre was established as a partnership between Sasol, Aurex Constructors (previously SNC-Lavalin) and Afrox.
The first 12 participants entered the Training Centre in March 2020. In October 2020, 11 students completed Level 1 of the structural welding training. An award ceremony was held to celebrate the successful student’s achievement in November 2020 at Boitjhorisong Resource Centre. One student exited the programme due to illness.
3 Of the qualifying learners were placed on the accelerated welding programme at Afrox. 4 Learners will continue with the second module where they will learn TIG (Argon) welding and 4 will go forward with studies to enhance their entrepreneurial skills.
Sasol donated welding toolkits to all participants who completed the programme.
The new cohort of 10 learners is scheduled to commence with structural welding training in March 2021. Over 2,000 applications are currently being processed and interviews will begin shortly.
An additional 2 welding cubicles will be built at the Centre to offer level 2 Argon (TIG) welding training to the selected 4 students who completed Level 1 training. A total of 14 students will start in March 2021
An inspirational story
Donald Luka, 1 of the students who completed his Level 1 training in November 2020, used the skills he acquired at Boitjhorisong Welding Training Centre, together with the toolkit he received, to put food on the table for his family.
He manufactures various steel items according to his clients’ needs. In December 2020, he assembled his first braai stand. In addition to building braai stands he also manufactures burglar bars.
Donald says that as a result of the training he received he was able to feed his family. He expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to participate as a student at Boitjhorisong Welding Training Centre.
Donald is one of the students selected to participate in Level 2 Argon (TIG) welding training.