Afrisun East Rand Community Trust gives local girls wings to travel the world

Lucritia Yende and Lebogang Modise in training at London

Seven East Rand residents who are thrilled to have their feet back on home soil. They have returned from an exciting 10-month stint, travelling the world by ship, a learning opportunity made possible by Afrisun East Rand Community Trust which is based in Carnival City.

Yende Lucritia a 28 year old resident of Brakpan, Modise Lebogang, a 25 year old resident of Tembisa, Jennifer Hlongwane 23 year old from Tembisa, Mandisa Six a 23 year old resident from Germiston and Pholwane Mahlatse a 27 year old resident from Tembisa, were chosen by Afrisun East Rand Community Trust to experience the opportunity of a lifetime.

The girls, from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, were awarded bursaries to study Beauty Technology (NQF Level 4) at the Hydro International College, in Edenvale.

After successfully completing their qualifications, which encompassed various beauty therapies, the trust sponsored their sea survival training in Cape Town.

This enabled them to undergo an intensive experiential training programme with Steiner Transoceans, which recruits therapist for cruise ships.

Busisiwe Maseko and Mandisa Six in training in London

They left home in October 2015 to travel the world working aboard six star cruise ships, gaining invaluable experience and expertise.

“This opportunity has allowed them to become financially independent and we hope to see more of our trust beneficiaries become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” said Mutle Pumla, Afrisun East Rand Community Trust CEO

Jeniffer Hlongwane has been working on the Silver Whisper ship for ten months

The success of the programme is due to the commitment of the participants and the institutions who supported them through their studies and training. We are proud to say that Hydro International College has helped to give them the solid foundation upon which to continue building their skills, and the Afrisun East Rand Community Trust has given them wings and independence.

We applaud their achievements and are excited to welcome them home. Lucritia told the Herald that she had the time of her life. They enjoyed meeting so many different people from all over the world and it has most definitely been a life changing experience and they are grateful for the opportunity given to them