On Wednesday cement producer PPC Cement hosted a brick-making workshop in Mamelodi East, Tshwane, which was aimed at developing the skills of local youth and assisting them so they could participate meaningfully in the economy and escape poverty, said PPC's plant manager, Boitumelo Mnisi.
Despite advertising the free workshop on local media - including Mams FM, the community’s radio station - the turn-out by South African youth was unsatisfactory. Instead, foreigner nationals, mainly from Mozambique, seemed to derive a lot of value from the skills workshop.
James Nyandoro, an owner of brick-marking plant who originates from Mozambique, found the workshop to be highly beneficial and said he had improved his skills.
“It helped me with the skills to make better bricks, which will yield better profits,” said Nyandoro.