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Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is proud to introduce the Association's Vuka Makhi Programme, inspired by the "Go for Gold" initiative.

The objective of the Association's Vuka Makhi Programme is to groom identified learners from school to employment by providing relevant learning tools and financial support, thereby addressing the Associations objective to improve the quality of building skills for the industry and to create youth employment.


Deserving learners will be indentified in grade 10 and during their grade 11 and 12 years, will attend extra classes on Saturdays and during school holidays.
The tuition and travel costs will be funded by the Vuka Makhi programme.

The programme intervention will include lessons in Mathematics, Physical Science, English, Life Skills, Basic Computers and Career Guidance.

Towards the third quarter of the grade 12 year, the learners will be interviewed by participating building companies for work placement during their “gap year”. It is envisaged that during this year, they will gain invaluable experience in the “world of work”. They will be given an opportunity to prove their worth to the host companies. During this gap year, they will be assisted with applications for their tertiary studies and bursaries will be secured.

The third phase of the programme will be their tertiary studies. During this period, they will continue to be mentored to ensure their optimum performance.

The final phase in the programme will be the securing of full-time employment.

To complete the circle, the alumni of the programme will be utilised as coaches/ mentors for new learners coming into the programme.

The benefits to participating companies will be that they firstly will be securing quality entrants into the industry and into their companies. They will also benefit through B-BBEE points.

The benefit to committed and enduring learners will be educational, moral and financial support with their studies- and the comfort of secured employment at the end of the programme.


PHASE 1, Learner intervention

Grade 10 learners identified to enter the programme in grade 11 and 12
Saturday classes - Mathematics, Physical Science, English, Life Skills, basic computers and career guidance

PHASE 2, Gap year

Placed in a company- work experience

PHASE 3, Tertiary studies

Bursaries from companies

PHASE 4, Employment

Guaranteed employment within company

For more information, contact Victor Smith on on 031 831 3229