Proud teacher Florence Mdletshe stands with Lindiwe Gumbi (holding certificate) and other students that attend sewing lessons at the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard sewing school in Mandeni.
Lindiwe Gumbi proudly holds her certificate, which she received on completion of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard sewing courses she attended in Mandeni.
Amongs other things ahe learnt to make pillowcase, children's clothes, a ladies suit and men's trousers.
Her teacher Florence Mdletshe a member of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard is proud of Gumbi and the other students that completed the courses offered.
Gumbi completed the first two courses in six weeks and because of her sewing skills has found employment in Isithebe.
Her previous employer Estelle Watt paid R25 per week and gave Gumbi time off work to attend the lessons. Watt is leaving Mandeni and didn't want Gumbi a widow with three school going children, to be without work.
Classes are held from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm during the week at the Blessed Gérard's Care Centre in Mandeni.
All materials are supplied for the first two basic sewing courses and those attending the lessons learn to use hand and electric sewing machines as well as an overlocker.
Students attending the third more advanced course, have to provide their own materials and learn to make a suit and a wedding dress.
the north coast courier ˇ No 752 Vol 19 ˇ Friday February 14, 2003
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