The Breede Centre located in McGregor, South Africa, has training facilities with emphasis on practical skills for the local unemployed who are yearning for a better life. Our courses range from longer term Handyman and Cooking training to short term Garden and Needlework training to Entrepreneurial and Computer courses. The centre also offers afternoon and holiday activities for the local children as well as language and math support.
McGregor is a small town with about 3000 residents and surrounded by a large farming community. Other than farming and tourism, McGregor offers little other employment. School leavers and women can get seasonal work (December – February) in the factory in Ashton (about 35km away) and on the farms. The men are mostly involved in the building trade including bricklayers, painters and a few carpenters. Most qualified plumbers, electricians and some builders are white. Other than some builders, very few of the coloured and black families run their own businesses.
All guest houses, restaurants and weekend accommodation on farms are owned by white people. Jobs are scarce and skills of school leavers are low. Many students do not complete the final school examination and leave school early, further complicating the situation. Unemployment, alcoholism, teenage pregnancies and poverty are rife
Through training and home industries the Centre hopes to establish many little centers of self-employment with a central marketing arm.