Brother dedicates 67 minutes to skills development in the Mogogelo community for Mandela Day

Moretele District, 18 July 2019 – Brother International South Africa (Pty) Ltd., a leader in home and business IT peripherals worldwide, recently completed a social investment project at the Mogogelo village situated in the Moretele Local Municipality in the North West province of South Africa. The project, in conjunction with TBL and Judea Hope organisations, involved building and equipping an empowerment centre aimed at skills development for the unemployed residents of Mogogelo.

Brother International SA was introduced to the village through TBL Empowerment Hub, a non-profit organisation focused on facilitating Skills Development, Enterprise and Supplier Development programmes and community projects to overcome the challenges faced in our South African society.

On Thursday 18 July, a hot and sunny Mandela Day, delegates from Brother SA visited the newly established Mogogelo Empowerment Centre to help with the finishing touches. Trees were planted in the yard and furniture and equipment unpacked into the four classrooms. An official ribbon-cutting by the local councillor and community leader, Mr Chauke officially opened the centre for business.

The Mogogelo Empowerment Centre will operate as an incubation hub and will be focused on providing support to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the area through digital literacy programmes and ongoing short courses. Brother printers and computer access will be provided to job seekers to use free-of-charge.

In addition, the centre will be used to present two courses to local learners. The first is a sewing course focused on Entrepreneurship in Clothing Manufacturing and Garment Making where Brother SA has provided the sewing machines; and the second course will train teachers in early childhood development. The teachers will then be placed in local Mogogelo schools and nearby areas.

“We look forward to being involved with such a worthwhile project and following their development in the coming years. Sustainable development is what it is all about and that is one of the core values at Brother,” said Halala Gumede, business development manager of Brother South Africa.

“As a corporate citizen, the Brother Group wishes to demonstrate values that represent the “At your side” concept throughout the world. We are therefore committed to various social contribution activities in order to meet the needs of local communities around the globe” he concluded.

Brother International South Africa

Brother is a leader in the development and manufacturing of technologies in the printing, scanning, labelling, sewing and crafting industries for home, SME and Corporate markets. A trusted brand worldwide that believes in the “Customer First” approach in all aspect of our business, Brother has continuously met the varied needs of our customers through our comprehensive range of technology solutions.

Brother International South Africa (Pty) Ltd is the regional sales office for South Africa and markets a range of products manufactured by its parent company, Brother Industries, Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan.  Established in 1970, Brother International South Africa (Pty) Ltd manages an extensive network of distributors in both domestic and Sub Saharan markets.

Brother’s printing business is committed to the advancement of technologies and “work style innovation” and constantly strives to pioneer new technologies and improve product quality. The different types of technology Brother offers are convenient to use and helps streamline workflow and efficiency in corporate, SME and home environments. For more information about Brother, please browse our web site.

About TBL Empowerment Hub

TBL Empowerment Hub is a Non-Profit Company Accredited with Media, Information, Communication and Technology SETA.  TBL Empowerment Hub facilitates Skills Development, Enterprise and Supplier Development programmes and community projects.

TBL Empowerment Hub offers free and subsidised training programmes for development of informal business sectors, unemployed black designated people and underprivileged individuals. The organisation aims to reach out to communities and SMME’s with the purpose to increase accessibility of opportunities and skills development. Furthermore to support small enterprises to enhance their performance, productivity, growth, competitiveness and to reduce small enterprise failure rate. Our organisation has been actively involved in making a difference to people’s lives.