The Platfontein Project in South Africa
Hilltop Empowerment Centre (
Rommel and Robin Roberts from Hilltop and their team of coaches have shown an outstanding engagement in training the young people and so giving them great new opportunities.
For six months, from March to August 2015, twelve participants stayed at Hilltop and were being trained in different subjects: computer literacy, support and repair, English, business skills, accounting, agriculture, animal husbandry, communication training.
The computers that are used for the training and will later be installed in the Platfontein Computer Centre are a donation which was given to Hilltop via Linux4Afrika. Three containers with donated hardware have been delivered to Hilltop by L4A before and have been installed in different schools and centres by Hilltop.
The objective of the Platfontein Project is to qualify the young people so that they are able to earn their own living as well as contribute to the development of the whole community. They themselves have better job opportunities and may pass their skills on to other people by establishing small businesses, such as a computer centre, and so offer new perspectives to other people.
The impulse for the project was given during the international conference “ZAFOR – Freedom our resposibility“ (
The Platfontein Youth Empowerment Programme was initiated by the Lyndi Fourie Association in 2012 and has been supported especially by groups from Switzerland.
In September the young people returned to Platfontein. Together with the Hilltop crew they are going to establish a computer centre there. All other skills acquired during the Hilltop training should prove fruitful, too. In November there will be a Graduation ceremony in Platfontein (For more information see the
We from Linux4Afrika hope that the project goes on successfully. Good luck!