Skills training for 20 unskilled South African men


For some years now we have seen training as a vital but secondary objective of MSR. Our target for 2009 was to facilitate training for 1,000 members.

We managed to provide training for 760 members in the year. Much of the training was facilitated by MSR and funded by other parties. We have developed relationships over the years with Builders Warehouse (local builders merchant) and the expanded public works programme which contributed most of these training opportunities.

Bricklaying skills
Bricklaying skills

Our approach has helped thousands of people find work. We have brought dignity to the destitute, and our endeavours benefit more than just our members – they affect their families and dependents too.


Employment intermediation is a primary activity of Men at the Side of the Road.

Coupled with our training initiatives, we focus our energies on finding our members work. This has included creating an environment in which the general public can interact with our members and develop trust.

We are pleased to report a 60% increase in the number of work days achieved in 2008, and are confident of increasing that target during 2009.

All this success has been achieved on a less than 5% increase in the overall expenditure of MSR in the three years.

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in Making South Africa Work.

You will find our 2009 newsletter attached for your convenience.


Men on the Side of the Road project is delighted to receive ongoing support for its skills for employment training efforts. By making a contribution, you are helping to restore hope and confidence in the lives of our members. Thank you for your kind generosity and for making this possible.

Our training focuses on assisting members who have shown a dedication and commitment to improving their circumstances. It is seen as a reward for consistent hard work with the intention always to improve their earning capacity. Many men who have benefited from skills training have gone on to find work in a related industry. Others have begun their own small businesses in their communities.

Comments we frequently hear from members is that “… has changed my life. Now I can find work….”.

Training is provided to unemployed men in skills such as bricklaying, construction, carpentry, plastering, tiling, painting, decorating and plumbing. Training is focused on skills needed by the labour market to ensure success in finding work. We work with accredited training service providers to achieve the most effective use of the limited training resources available. We also encourage large companies to provide training for our members as an in-kind donation.

We welcome your feedback and input into our training initiative. You can provide feedback on our comments section!


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Location: Cape Town, Western Cape - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Peter Kratz
Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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