New Hub of Hope for Flagstaff, Eastern Cape

The launch of our new newest Hub of Hope took place on Monday, 24 June 2024 at Mhlanga High School, located in Flagstaff under Ward 26 in OR Tambo. This hub, situated within the school, benefits both in-school and out-of-school youth. The event was graced by the presence of the local ward committee, school governing board members, the principal, students, and the wider community.

Mhlanga, located just 15 km outside Flagstaff town, faces severe challenges, including high rates of rape, gender-based violence (GBV), crime, unemployment, and drug abuse. It is known as the “Capital Town of Rape” alongside Lusikisiki, currently ranked second in South Africa for rape statistics, following Inanda in eThekwini.

The Hub of Hope aims to empower the youth through a tech-savvy initiative supported by DREAMS, which has provided the community with a WiFi router, printer, notice boards, tables, chairs, and a dedicated Intensive Economic Strengthening (IES) ambassador. The hub will assist the community and school with job applications, NSFAS applications, market assessments, research, assignments, CV updates, university and TVET applications, bursary applications, homework clubs, Microsoft online training, entrepreneurial support, business coaching, and mentoring.

This initiative is part of DREAMS’ ongoing IES efforts to upskill and develop the youth. It promises to significantly improve the community’s access to information and technology, ultimately enhancing their lives.