Tshidiso Tshose: From Addict to Chef With Government Support
A former drug addict, Tshidiso Tshose, has expressed his gratitude to the Gauteng Department of Social Development and his family for standing by him during his difficult journey. Hailing from Khutsong in the West Rand, the 26-year-old is benefiting from the Bambisandla Sam Centre of Excellence in Carletonville, where he is training as an assistant chef.
Funded by the Gauteng Department of Social Development, the centre focuses on strengthening reintegration and aftercare services. It provides accredited national certificates in various skills development programs, including hospitality, first aid, food and beverage services, cookery, plant production, and scooter driving.
Speaking at the Carletonville Civic Centre during the International Day for Families (IDF) celebration, Tshidiso expressed his pride in becoming the first chef in his family despite facing numerous challenges during his childhood.
“I had a troubled upbringing and was not trusted by society due to my struggles with drugs and substance abuse. However, I am grateful to the Bambisandla Sam Centre of Excellence for restoring hope in me and believing that I can have a better life,” said Tshidiso.
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He acknowledged the support of his family on this special day, highlighting that he is now the only male family member working with food. Tshidiso believes that the training program he is participating in will lead him to great achievements.
Furthermore, he encouraged young people who are still caught in the cycle of drug addiction to seek help, emphasising that the government offers various opportunities, including free rehabilitation services.
Tshidiso, who is known for his energy and strong work ethic, is currently engaged in practical training and is set to graduate as a professional chef in October.
In line with the IDF theme, ‘The Impact of Demographic Trends on Families’, the Gauteng Department of Social Development recently engaged with more than 500 families. This annual event, observed on May 15, aims to promote the well-being of families, recognising their significance as the foundation of society and their pivotal role in shaping the future of communities.
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