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By unknown | Mar 12, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Joy was written all over Lorraine Dlamini's face as she spoke of the wonders of not being illiterate any more.

This mother of three from Mbumbulu, south of Durban, is not going to use her thumbprint to authorise documents any more.

Dlamini, 40, is among the many illiterate adults who attended the Masifundisane Adult Literacy programme, a joint venture between SA Breweries and the KwaZulu-Natal department of education.

An ecstatic Dlamini said she was very proud that she could now write her name.

"Just this small thing has brought me a lot of pride and freedom. I can also understand some of the writing on signboards. I am getting better at reading every day," she said.

The SAB supplied refurbished containers dubbed Philakahle Live Well Centres, which were set up in the province.

About 3700 people have been through the adult literacy training programme since its inception - 1600 in Msinga, 1400 in Mbumbulu, 580 in Mtubatuba and 120 in Kokstad.

Dlamini began Zulu, English and numeracy lessons at the centre last year and is expected to graduate in July.

The "illiterates" also receive training in HIV and Aids education awareness and vegetable gardening lessons.

Dlamini said after completing the course she looked forward to finding a good job so that she could earn money to raise her children.

SAB programme coordinator Nqobile Hadebe said the company's philosophy was to "build better communities to build a better province".

"We believe empowerment through adult literacy skills is a key objective.

"We have spent R400000 buying the four refurnished containers with the idea of creating a learning and healthy meeting place for disadvantaged community members," Hadebe said.


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