How did ECP come about?

Sue Doyle came as a volunteer to Langa High School in 2006 after applying for voluntary work as a Careers Adviser (she was working for Careers Scotland). She recognised that there seemed to be little guidance, let alone information. And so many young people unemployed! So she returning a number of times, working with Roy Moatlhodi  to research and to see how best to remedy the situation with the aid of local interested parties.  Sadly it seemed impossible to find a base that was essential for such a resource centre and eventually she returned in 2014 to say goodbye. But on her last day, Faizal Gangat, the tour operator and now an old friend, told her that he thought her idea had been good and that he would continue to search for a base. A few months later he emailed to ask her to return.

Faizal was a third-generation South African who had established Cape Capers Tours . His familiarity with the townships and his knowledge of South African history ensured that  Cape Capers provided superb  tours, as Sue Doyle knows full well.  Gangat was also very involved in the community,  regularly supporting local children, training local tour guides and mentoring business owners. Thus he was well aware of the problems of poverty and unemployment that townships such as Langa face.  Faizal sadly died in June 2016.  After a period of uncertainty following his death, Sue found that Roy , with whom she had worked so hard in 2007 – 2010, was back home and he, alongside Dumisani Gabula , gladly started to work on the project. The frustrating search for a project HQ has now taken a back seat, with ECP becoming peripatetic: using the community centres and school facilities to hold its workshops and mentoring sessions.

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Supporting the work of ECP in providing careers guidance to the young and the unemployed of the Townships of Cape Town