Her passion for working with children is clear because where there's children's educational or fun activities she is always present. She is part of the Learner Education Support team for the Phillippi site container as a coordinator for the site. Xoliswa started working at Beautiful Gate in 2006 as a bank staff member which was known as a part-time worker, she then got recruited as a team leader for the child care workers. From 2015 she started looking after the children at the site and preparing meals for them as well, in the kitchen you can trust her as well as with keeping things neat in the work-space for children. Her dream is to build her own after school facility for children and to be a business woman in her community.
From being a volunteer to being a coordinator for Year Beyond programmer www.yearbeyond.org.za/ Nombeko has grown a lot , she is currently coordinating the Year Beyond programme in Bongolethu Primary school in Phillippi. Besides academics, she is a sports fanatic, she coaches the netball team at Beautiful Gate, with so many trophies with her team ,she is still dedicated to sports for teens. Her journey began in 2010 where she was a part-time child care worker and then started a homework club in the cottages for children who stayed in the cottages, she then moved to arts where she started facilitating dance and drama classes for children. In 2014 she became part of the after school team which is now the Learner education support club. Nombeko has 2 netball teams, her sports passion keeps her active.
Sizeka is a mother of two children who mean the world to her. She is a believer, Christian, and a loving mother. Two years from now she wants to go back to school and study social work. Sizeka loves people and believes in herself a lot, working with people and serving people is her passion even at church. She is not only passionate about people but business as well. "what makes me wake up every day is knowing that I have a dream to follow and passion for my dreams". Sizeka tutors at Zanemfundo primary school, grade 6-7 which is Learner Education Support programme.
Vuyo Rosemary Nombila is from Eastern Cape, now living in Cape Town with her girls. She is Christ follower and a simple person. Vuyo studied Early Childhood Development and administration through False Bay college. She is passionate about education and one of her goals is to study social science. She tutors grade 1-3 and 7 as well at Vukani primary school.
Vuyo very good children and loves her work. We are inspired by women like Vuyo who are passionate about education.
Meet Gillian our learner education, support tutor. With a sweet voice and elegant sense of style Gillian is one of the most humble, caring young woman. She has a beautiful voice, singing and praying is love for her. Gillian tutors grade 5 and she is passionate about preaching the word of God. She has been with Beautiful Gate S.A for the past 3 months. Because of Beautiful Gates mission and values, Gillian feels at home. Besides tutoring Gillian loves sales and marketing products, she is passionate about customer relationship. Gillian is an inspiration to other young women as well.
Learner Education Support Tutor
Ntombozuko also known as Nohnahna 22-year-old from Phillippi. She has been with Beautiful Gate for the past 3 years. Ntombozuko started off as a life skills youth facilitator at the Phillippi container branch/site, during her time at the container/site she has built relationships with the youth who are now part of the academic support. With the Learner Education Support program she tutors Grade 6 and 7 supporting them with Mathematics and English.
It was a big change for her from being a life skills facilitator, facilitating youth to working with children. Ntombozuko says “I had to learn how to work with children who are in school as well as learning their subjects and how to engage with them”. Because reading skills are part of the tutoring, as a tutor you must read stories for children as well.
It’s a fun job says Ntombozuko because she went to the same primary school as the children and she is close with their teachers as well, in terms of support teachers are with her. She also facilitates dance for the children as an extra mural activity and ice breakers for them before class. One of her favorite quotes is “Be the change you want to be”
Ntombozuko wants to go back to school and study something related to children, either teaching or child psychology.
Thabo Mthambeka is the I.T guy and sport coach at age 25 years he manages to do both jobs at once. Thabo's mornings are always craze he says, its fixing people's computers and laptops. His whole team has about 60 children who are in the sport team and they are from Lower Crossroads. The boys come from different schools around Lower Crossroads. The sport had been placed on hold for a few months where Thabo had to focus on I.T a lot because our staff member number is growing.
Most children had to stop coming from Beautiful Gate to participate in soccer but with the dedication that Thabo has , he decided to call parents to bring kids back to the soccer club. Children couldn't cope with just academics, parents said. when the sport started the kids enjoyed after school classes more.
Thabo's concerns include the soccer team practice shoes and clothes because they also practice in winter, some children have no shoes to practice with and so they wear their school shoes or come to soccer practice bare foot. There isn't enough funding for extra mural activities and some activities which are organised by the learner education support programme are on voluntary. This doesn't stop the boys from scoring goals at all.
When Thabo is not fixing computers he spends his time grooming the boys, the boys play so well and they were taken to the Ajax Cape Town junior sports games and one of the boys got selected for the trials.
Christofel Cuba is A learner education support tutor at Beautiful Gate S.A and he is good with sales force. Chris also heads up the soccer team at the Philippi container where the Learner Education support site is. Chris just loves sports..
Here's what his day looks like at Beautiful Gate.
Around 6am. I check the weather immediately when I wake up, I cycle alone from home to Muizenberg beach which takes about 2 hours or at least 2 hours and a half. I come back quick to take a bathe and then cycle to work.
09h00: I get to work on my bicycle and first thing I do is coffee and then emails, I am a Sales Force “genius” if I may put it that way. I check Sales force and fix errors if there are any.
12h00: Prepare for class, actually I prepare what I need to do in class because we attend workshops with Wordworks and we learn a lot games and ideas on how to do literacy in class, so I use those ideas in my class as well. It’s a lot of preparation.
13h00: Its lunch time so I do not take lunch outside. I sit on my desk while eating.
14h00: I’m curious about Sales Force so I’m always checking what’s new or what can I learn every day.
14h30: I cycle to the container where I we do the after school programme. We don’t our programme in a school, so we have old containers where the children can do their homework after school and do extra mural activities.
15h00: At this time, I am in class and we check home works and do activities. If it’s not raining outside, we practice soccer.
16h30: The children prepare their snack which is a nutritious meal with fruit. Then we do the dishes and go home.
17h00: I stay behind with soccer boys and we have our meetings because I like to do checkups to hear about their class or day. Then I cycle home.
18h00: When I get home I take my dogs out for a walk then we come back and have supper.
Luyolo Ruka is A learner education support coordinator/Tutor at Beautiful Gate S.A
Here's what his day looks like at Beautiful Gate.
Around 7am: I would get up in the morning and get ready for work. I start my day with a prayer and that normally happens in the shower so it’s the singing that makes it special.
08h30: I do breakfast at home so by the time I am at work it’s just coffee and emails. I also plan for the day as well when i get to work.
10h00: Sometimes I have site meetings and team meetings so that’s part of my day as well. By 12 o’clock I need to sort out snack for children. I go out to the market to buy fresh fruit.
12h00: I check on my team to see what still needs to be done for the learners.
13h30: lunch is usually lunch on the run. I have to do weekly reports as well and monthly reports. As the day goes I need to document each day so that by the end of the week I have a report.
14h30: Now this time is busy because I drive the other tutors to their schools and then i go back to mine.
15h00: When I get to school the learners do their attendance register and a prayer before we start the class. I do homework checks and then if there is time for an activity I share it with the learners. If it’s extra mural activities day children finish class at 15h30 to do extra mural activities.
16h30: After the activities and homework we prepare snack as a class and clean up.
17h00: When the children leave, I lock up and go back to the office to park the car and head home, sometimes I just go straight to church before I go home.
19h00: The first thing I do when I get home is to eat and then read or watch television.
Day in the Life of Nosiphiwo Mzimba
Nosiphiwo works at the Crossroads cafe at Beautiful Gate South Africa, she assists the chef and the serves at the cafe. Nosiphiwo is from Crossroads community, because she prepares and serves her food with a smile and with lots of love , it makes her very special And this is his typical day:
Before 8:00 a.m.
I need to get ready for work and prepare things for my son as well but i always make him breakfast at home so its maize meal porridge. I also accompany my son to his transport to take him to school.
My son is only 3 years old so he wakes up early as well.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m –
I walk to work and since i am the first person in the kitchen to arrive i open up and immediately start preparing dough to make vetkoeks (literally meaning fat cake , its dough fried bread).
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. –
This time i am already making other things to go with the vetkoek so its busy because i have to make vetkoeks and serve people as well.
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. –
At 13h00 i'm already serving people and people are already standing in line calling my name so that they can get served. I also get special orders so i must have that in mind as well while serving other customers.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cleaning normally starts at after 3pm and sometimes i need to assist the chef with preparing things for another event that needs catering.
After 4:00 p.m. –
When i get home late at about 17h30 i need to get my son from school and make dinner for us.
The Crossroads Cafe http://www.thecrossroadscafe.co.za/
Welcome to a window into the lives and issues facing children in the Crossroads community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of these stories centre around the children and families we work with at Beautiful Gate South Africa, a Christian non-profit organisation whose mission is to show God's love as we care for and protect children, empower and preserve families and mobilise our community to do the same.