DUT STUDENTS GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
By: Sandile Zikhali
The Durban University of Technology Public Relations students have started an organisation that will offer services to poor and neglected communities.
Asanda Dzelwa, chairperson of the Hope Givers – which is an organisation started by five female PR students – said this started as an assignment given by their lecture.
“We started the organisation to help those who are neglected and not cared for. We work with community facilities that open their doors for street kids, sex workers and the poor. One of the facilities we work with is the Ukuba
Nesibindi Homoeopathic Community Clinic (UNHC) which is situated in Warwick Junction, which recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary,” Dzelwa explained.
The Hope Givers doesn’t only work with community facilities but it also serves a platform for these PR students to horn and sharpen their work-related skills.
Nombuso Lakaje, Public Relations Officer of the organisation said that working for the Hope Givers has taught her skills that she needs and will use when she reaches the work environment.
“Being part of the team has taught me to write motivational letters, its part of the things we have to do when looking for sponsors. It has taught me to work with people. My people skills have improved and I have also learnt strategies for organising events which are skills that I will need when I get employed after graduation,” Lakaje said.
Lakaje also said the organisation has been working closely with the Department of Homeopathy at DUT and other organisations.
Euvette Taylor, President of Youth Development Partnership (YDE), said the PR students have been of great help as they are still trying to promote the YDE.
“We have a good co-operation with the Hope givers. The YDE aims to sharpen skills of the youth it can be social, academic or economic wise. We have only just registered this year but with the help of the PR students we have hopes that we are going to reach the goals we have set for ourselves,” Taylor said.
Head Clinician at UNHC, Dr Jabu Ngobese-Ngubane, describes working with the Hope Givers as a life changing journey and a great experience.
“I have been working with PR students for the past three years but the Hope Givers stands out from the rest. My aim is to get the clinic running five days a week and partnering with government clinics and hospitals. With these young women by my side I believe that is possible,” Ngobese-Ngubane concluded.