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Boston Times Summer 2022
Another Kaizer Chiefs player has secured a qualification, as he plans for life after football. Recently it was confirmed that Amakhosi goalkeeper Brylon Petersen had obtained his BSc Engineering degree with Wits University, and now veteran striker Bernard Parker has joined in by getting a qualification of his own. The 34-year-old has obtained a higher certificate in marketing with a specialization in sport from Boston City Campus, a clear sign that the former Benoni Premier United forward is planning for life after football. It remains to be seen where his qualification takes him and if Chiefs will be an option. Amakhosi have vested time and money into their marketing department, and it has become an important division to the club. It is headed by Jessica Motaung, and it is believed that Parker has a good working relationship with her. There has been no talk of Parker staying on at Naturena once he hangs up his boots, though it could be an appointment that makes sense for both parties. Parker, whose contract with Amakhosi is set to expire in June, returned to the Amakhosi starting line-up against SuperSport United over the weekend, as the sides played to a 1-1 draw at FNB Stadium.
Working on Fire (WoF) has established an initiative to restore the dignity of the disabled. As an expanded public works programme, it also leads to providing integrated fire management at local, provincial, and national levels. They have a skills development mission, which empowers its participants with courses, making a difference in the lives of disabled young men and women in the country. Tsietsi More is one of Working on Fire’s own who joined the programme in July 2019. He is a storekeeper in Working on Fire’s Boskop base in Potchefstroom, taking care of the equipment in the storeroom. More lives with a disability and says he won’t allow his condition to stop him from dreaming big: “As I was growing up, people assumed that because I was disabled, I was also unfit. My parents knew I was not mentally unfit; I am perfectly fine; I just can’t use my legs. I do not see myself as an abnormal person – I am just living with a disability”, says More. After completing grade 12, he attended the Boston City Campus and Business College and success-fully passed his IT specialist course. “I want to thank WoF for giving me the opportunity of being part of the family and proving my capabilities and strengths. Thank you, WoF, for believing in me,” says More.
The self-taught farmer bounced back from losing her business during the Covid-19 lockdown to start another one, in a field she didn't know. She now employs seven people in Khayelitsha. Ncumisa Mkabile, 27, took a leap of faith starting a new business in a field she knew nothing about shortly after losing her existing business to the Covid-19 lockdown. With no income to support herself, Mkabile started a poultry and spinach farm early in the year. She now employs seven people and plans to expand her business so she can "feed the nation, one spinach at a time". "I learned everything from the internet. Because I did not have a mentor, I knew that searching online and watching YouTube channels will be the best option," she says, describing how she got into farming. Her dedication paid off when she won the Against All Odds entrepreneur award at the seventh Annual StarQt Awards in late November. "I am truly grateful," Mkabile says. Mkabile went to school at Rocklands Primary and High School in Mitchells Plain. In 2016, she completed a travel and tourism diploma at Boston City Campus and Business College. "I am a person who wanted to travel the world and learn about different cultures," she says. "As much as I studied travel and tourism, I didn't have a chance to be in the tourism industry due to a lack of job opportunities." After graduating and not finding employment in her field of study, Mkabile worked as a consultant at Old Mutual and thereafter as a secretary at Sivuyiseni Public Primary School. In 2019, she became an entrepreneur. Mkabile says farming is a male-dominated industry and through her breakthrough she is showing other women "it is possible to achieve". She advises upcoming farmers to "stay focused on your vision or goal". On community involvement: "I have seven people working at the farm. That is an achievement because they can put food on the table for their families," she says.
POLOKWANE – The 21-year-old Ronica Maluleke Ngasama describes herself as an agricultural innovator after developing an app that allows you to buy livestock and fresh produce at the tip of your fingers. Her app, Agriazo Poultry, was developed in the midst of the pandemic as Ronica noticed that people still feared going out to stores to buy food and necessities. “I wanted to create an easy way for people to get their healthy foods, meat and farm fresh eggs from their comfort of their own homes,” she said. Ronica told BONUS that she studied a brand ambassador course at Boston City Campus in order to equip herself for any business area that would require her to represent it, the same way Agriazo Poultry Farm operates. The app is available on the Google Playstore and requires you to register, log in and order. Ronica says the app is user-friendly, making it easy for those who find technology challenging to place orders. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIkvSHJF3JD/ According to Ronica, the app is the first South African agricultural food delivery app invented by a young black woman. “I would advise those with their own products or projects, to leave it in God’s hands. It will come to pass when the time is right,” she said.