The “who”, “where” and “when” is easy.
The challenge is the “how”, but it can be achieved if one heard the “why”.
With the support of Spice4Life.co.za, the founder of a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), Tembile Nyoka, is creating waves of change in Du Noon.
More and more people in Du Noon are knocking on the door of Nculundu Academy of Learning and asking Nyoka for computer literacy training.
With a few donated computers and heaps of motivation, he uses the local community centre as his temporary base and teaches about 60 people to market themselves online.
But how can he do this with antique computers, an erratic venue, severely limited funding and a day job?
Both Nyoka and his biggest supporter, CEO of Spice4Life.co.za, Michelle Korevaar, have an unwavering belief in his NPO.
They also have the “why” to see it blossom.
He elaborates: “I grew up without parents around me, so I had to be my father and my mother from an early stage. Now to see people standing at the robots and trying to get jobs is difficult. Some of them are starving… So I thought to myself what could I do to change the lives of others…?”
While Korevaar listens to his story tears well up in her eyes.
She explains: “I also had a time in my life where I was on my knees. And it grows empathy. There are people who care, but they just don’t know how to make a difference. Being quiet is in fact being a victim. It’s like saying to the world that we don’t have a solution.
“Having been in that space, rolling up and being silent doesn’t make any sense to anybody. We all have a voice and we must do what we can right now!”
If good deeds could feed off words alone, then Nyoka and Korevaar’s statements would see the whole of Du Noon on the internet in no time.
Unfortunately there will be perils along the way.
Nyoka first came to the conclusion that he had to help people around him in 2011, but getting his NPO registered just after some of his possessions were repossessed by the banks when he lost his job made things almost impossible.
He moved to Johannesburg to get his NPO started and after he returned a handful of computers were sponsored to him by a well-wisher.
He got permission to use the community centre in Du Noon, but before long the hard drives of seven computers were stolen. This left him with just four.
Nyoka, having studied to become a technician, fixed these computers himself, but to date none of them has an internet connection.
This essentially means he takes learners to internet cafes and pays for their skills acquisition by the hour.
He asked a basic fee of R50 per month last year, but the learners could not pay, so now Nyoka does it for free.
When this expense is added to the money it cost for him to become qualified to start the NPO and setting it up, the bigger picture is clearer.
The Metro paramedic Nyoka is running at a tremendous loss just in order to help a few around him.
Korevaar elaborates a bit on her company’s role: “We have a non-profit side to our business called the Spice4Life Youth Academy. We often work in Du Noon and continuously identify needs.”