Meet the Field Data Captures
Thamsanqa Nicholas Ngcobo
Thamsanqa describes himself as “a Zulu boy
born on the East Rand”. He started primary
school in the Vaal region, but because of the
political instability at the time his family
decided it was best that he move to the rural
areas. He then went to stay with his
grandfather at his farm in Mpumalanga.
“While busy with my primary education there,
I was also enjoying fishing, swimming and herding cattle. I learnt some labour-intense seasonal farm chores as well, like how to plough and harvest. I came back to Gauteng after the new democracy and finished my high school,” says the 32 year old.
After matric he did further training, including customer service management at UNISA, PC and IT skills at the Natal Business College and call centre and customer service at Cornerstone. His hobbies are technology, gym, and he is also a member of NPO dealing with youth-related issues.”I organise events and youth holiday camps.
His approach to life is captured by his motto: Don’t fail to try! After a few small jobs, he landed a job at the National Credit Bureau as a consultant dealing in corporate credit ratings and investigations. He left to venture into ICT and community projects before joining the CWP in 2011. Among the work he has done for the CWP is IT support. “And now I am a proudly GIS team member.”
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Gape Solomon Ngozo
Thirty-two year old Gape has earned
a reputation as a man with a passion
for youth development and someone
who is willing to get his hands dirty
in his determination to develop the
local economy. He credits strict
parents and strong personal values
as his recipe for the success. He
grew up in a semi-rural area of
Joburg called Olifantsvlei farm, one
of the most dangerous places at that
time in the region.
A victim of the bantu education system, Gape was sent to live with his grandmother in Deniville in Free State at early age. “It helped to distance me from the chaos of the time. Murder, poverty and killings were very real at the farm,” he recalls. His parents, he adds, never allowed the hardship of their environment to hinder his progress. “Thinking back and on all I have achieved, I am grateful for the way my parents directed my energy.”
Gape’s involvement in community development started in the City of Joburg youth forum when he was a volunteer for the ward he was staying in. He held the position as secretary of the ward forum and he also made waves as the Youth Advice Officer at Bana Bokamoso Development Centre. He has also built up his skills studying a number of different courses including business management, marketing management, book keeping, office administration and computer education.
He likes to be around people, be outdoors and hopes to change the lives of the ordinary people. “I hate being in a place or office for more than hour. “I see myself as a farmer but I get involved in everything from a leaking tap in the office to issues involving youth development.”
This down-to-earth attitude has made him asset in the community for the past years. Before joining the GIS team he worked at the health and safety officer in the CWP Cluster2 area.
“To be given the opportunity to do GIS Community mapping I was so excited. It will keep me outdoors and to show the hard work and give a face to that hard work in the form of the picture, for now that is the best way CWP in region G will tell the story.”