UJ’s Kliptown Mandela Day initiative

August 4th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Articles: Vector

 

On Mandela Day 2014, 22 staff members from the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) joined members of the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) in adding a fresh coat of paint to residents’ homes. The wood and tin housing were recently built to accommodate many who were affected by flooding.

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Kliptown was established in 1903 and currently has an approximate population of 45 000. Home to eleven townships, it is the oldest residential district of Soweto and has its roots deeply embedded in South Africa’s political revolution. Despite Kliptown’s historical contribution to South Africa’s democracy, it remains largely under-developed facing numerous challenges including high levels of teenage pregnancy and unemployment.

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KYP was founded in 2007, and aims at eradicating poverty through the provision of educational support and recreation. It has almost 480 members comprising primary and secondary school learners as well as students enrolled at UJ who serve as mentors. The FEBE-KYP partnership was established in 2012 with current academic engagements facilitated by Sam Gqibani, Head of Department: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology. One of the achievements is the enrolment of 12 KYP members in various courses across UJ faculties.

Contact Sam Gqibani, University of Johannesburg, Tel 082 202-1758, samuelg@uj.co.za

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