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Siyakholwa Development Foundation recognize that although progress has been made in the fight against poverty, rural development remains a challenge in South Africa and at the centre of this mountain is education and training for rural people. Training is a critical part of the Community Work Programme that not only benefits the participants but plays an important role in addressing South Africa’s skills shortages. Training is key to the sustainability of  projects and with the starting of the Community Work Programme in Keiskammahoek in 2009, the demand for more comprehensive and meaningful training was required. SDF have recognized the need for affordable, accessible, accredited and tailor made capacity building solutions for rural communities. A separate training arm was established in March 2013 and is accredited and registered as a training provider with the ETDP SETA. This training offers poor communities a variety of both accredited and non accredited training interventions that are both academically sound and practically relevant. The core competencies focus on leadership/management and entrepreneurial development, technical skills, life skills, farming, and early childhood development. IMG_3502 Somerset 4 Somerset 2 Picture5