Tshepang Electrical, in collaboration with Ridge Park Sports Club, has joined hands to lend a helping hand to an exciting and upcoming project named uSisi Omkhulu.
This project forms part of our bigger picture that strives to assist the needy and neglected people in our community by providing them with the means to improve their living conditions.
Providing adequate skills and equipment to individuals in our communities is a reliable approach to eliminating poverty and its harmful effects.
Moreover, once these adequate skills and equipment are acquired, they open doors to entrepreneurial opportunities that boost the confidence of individuals to become financially independent. 
The skill of sewing is one of the most practical tools and mediums. Its basic elements and techniques can be grasped by proper professional training.
Furthermore, this skill can aid individuals with strong entrepreneurial instincts to pursue business ventures within these wings. industry, which this project uSisi Omkhulu seeks to achieve. uSisi Omkhulu, meaning Big Sister, is a name that provides a feeling of comfort and safety. Just as one would prefer to share concerning issues and worries with a big sister, this project aims to provide a nurturing environment to learn what better way to acquire sewing skills and techniques through this initiative than from the
Big Sister.  


  uSisi Omkhulu is a community based project that aids in encouraging community life by assisting to create a healthy, self-sustainable community. This project provides individuals with sewing skills to produce completed articles of a high enough quality to sell or swap, as well as the ability to conduct basic repairs and maintenance on sewing machines for others within and around the neighborhood.  


  The project aims to equip individuals with sewing skills and basic entry-level repair and maintenance skills for sewing machine repairs. In addition, the project aims to uplift and encourage a good self-image and share the benefits of keeping records of sales and expenses.  


  The main objectives are:

  • To identify unemployed individuals from different communities from wards within the same proximity
  • Negotiates election criteria requirements with ward councillors for the prospective trainees.
  • Up skill chosen individuals in the art of sewing or up skill them in servicing and repairing sewing machines at a basic entry level
  • Impart entrepreneurial skills for trainees to seek new opportunities after completing the training.
  • Provide a meal (food & beverage) during the duration of the training. •         Provide transportation for candidates who have been selected for the training.
  • Upon successfully completing the training sessions, students will receive a comprehensive start-up kit and all necessary equipment to successfully use the skills acquired during the training to generate income.  


The pre-training selection procedure and execution of training are vital components to offer a successful training outcome.
Thorough attention to detail needs to be considered to both.


The project will be managed by a team of qualified individuals:
Amanda Shaw, Mathebe Aphane, Elaine Lockard, Bianca Vulindlu and Megan Yorke, who come from various professional backgrounds.
The team will manage and oversee the project's operations by taking care of every possible component, resources, risks, and laying the foundation of the project to getting individuals to work for a shared goal. This project's successful completion relies on having experienced and qualified trainees to teach the students.
These are Megan Yorke, who has 32 years of experience in the sewing industry and Greg Yorke, who has over 45 years of technical expertise in the sewing industry.
They will manage the training course for the selected candidates.
Their expertise will provide excellent value to the successful completion and running of the project.
In addition, they will train and encourage the students to gain as much knowledge as possible to be come adequate sewists and sewing machine technicians.    


  This training course focuses on interactive learning in a relaxed and pleasant environment. The classes are structured to ensure a hands-on learning experience where as much individual attention is given as possible.  


The following framework is covered in every lesson for the sewing machine technicians:
  • Conducting  machine setup, identifying problems, troubleshooting, repairs and preventive maintenance.
  • Reading and interpreting manuals to perform required maintenance and service.
  • Diagnose problems, replace or repair parts, and test and adjust equipment.
  • Use various relevant hand and power tools, electric meters and material handling equipment.
  • Sew off the completed machine and test all sewing functions.
The trainee's competency is determined by how well and accurately they carry through the instructions to produce a given product or perform required tasks on a sewing machine.
This will ensure that they can use the start-up kits provided to them at the end of the training.  


    When each session is concluded, the success of the project needs to be evaluated
Has the project achieved its goal and purpose in training the students to become sewists or sewing machine technicians?
For three(3) months, follow-ups will be performed regularly on the candidates who have successfully completed the training and received their start-upkits.
Reviews will be
conducted to see whether or not the received kits, learnt skills and techniques are being used for their intended purpose of assisting enterprising individuals in selling their products produced or rendering out technical services. In addition, a record will be kept of candidates, identifying those who have kept their kits and used this and their newly acquired skills to receive a financial income to sustain themselves and those who have sold their kits or traded them for another gain. This will assist in outlining the sustainability and the impact the project has on the candidates and their community after completing the training.
With the above being mentioned, the follow-ups will assist in achieving a productive framework for the continual running of the project, hence outlining the below:
·  Determine appropriate measures, priorities, and coordinates for candidates and project members to achieve the project goals.
·  The ability to control all the project's activities and progress in a result-oriented manner.
·  Provide professional support and motivate successful candidates to use their machinery and learn the skills efficiently.
·  Recognizes and understands the corporate environment and its cultural impact on the project from external and internal sources.
·  Produces clear status reports and communications that are candid and tactful.
It is essential to follow up when the successful candidates have completed training to track their progress and how they have implemented what they learned from the project—getting feedback after the fact is essential and will assist in achieving a productive framework.