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Let’s Colour Old Naledi Project ends
Publishing Date : 30 November, 2015
Author : DAVE BAAITSE
The four year memorable “Lets colour Old Naledi” journey ended this past Tuesday. With relationships made, stories exchanged and lives having been changed, the unforgettable Dulux Botswana journey ends on a high note. The project was launched on March 19 2011 at Old Naledi South, painting exterior walls of properties to provide beauty, surface protection and create a rejuvenated atmosphere.
But the project has done more than just colour the iconic township-over the period of the project, Dulux has successfully trained 73 youths from the Old Naledi Community. The aim of this project was also to provide them with an opportunity to start their own businesses and eventually employ other members of the community. Dulux Botswana will continue to train more interested youths and support the trained youths in securing paint related jobs in order to earn a living.
Youth in Old Naledi have been greatly empowered through the paint application course they underwent, fully funded and administered by Dulux Botswana. The training will enable the youths to get employment in the construction sector as qualified painters. In total, Dulux Botswana has trained 105 youth, as in March 2015, an additional 32 youth were also enrolled and trained as painters.
Officiating at the closing ceremony Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Housing, Thato Raphaka said government has introduced the Economic Stimulus Package of which the construction sector will be a beneficiary and in this regards he urged the youth to take advantage of this program as professional painters. He applauded Dulux Botswana for their success stories as evidenced by the organisation getting the best buy award (paints) for the best price quality ratio on the survey conducted by independent Swiss company- International Certification Association GMBH (Icertias).
The Dulux ‘Let’s Colour Project’ was a global project which was done in places like Brazil, South Africa, Ireland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. The movement is believed to have impacted various communities, bringing more colour to their lives over the various periods it was implemented.
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