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First woman from Star for Life to qualify as a Diesel Mechanic for Volvo

posted 11 Mar 2014, 23:59 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 19 Mar 2014, 23:32 ]

Tumelo Myeza (22) qualified as a Diesel Mechanic for Volvo on the 14 February 2014.   Tumelo heard about the Star for Life, Volvo Apprenticeship in 2010 when she was doing her matric, she applied, she started the apprenticeship in 2011. However Tumelo has not had an easy journey to this goal.  Tumelo shared how she was forced to stop attending a well off multi-racial private school and join the local township high school, Umkhumbi High School, KwaMakhutha after her father’s electrical company was shut down. She tells us how what she perceived as the death of her dreams became a blessing in disguise.

Front row from left; Sydney Mzimela one of Volvo’s apprenticeship student also from Umkhumbi High School, the school Principal Mr Ndwalane and Tumelo Myeza.

Back row from left; Mr Peter Goodridge Volvo Trucks General Manager and Anders Lindbland SFL Chairman of the board.

“It wasn’t all doom and gloom as I met the Star For Life Skills Coach who helped me to cope with my ordeal, I easily made new friends because I had someone to talk to,’ said Myeza. The Volvo Regional Manager, Mr Peter Goodrigde said they were reluctant at first with Tumelo, “At first we were unsure how she would fit in the world of mechanics, however she has challenged our stereotypes and exceeded our expectations, she has done very well and we are very proud of her,” said Goodridge. Tumelo passed her Diesel Mechanic Examination the first time she took it.


The Star For Life Chairman of the Board Mr Anders Lindblad said it’s always very rewarding for all SFL staff to know that their good work in High Schools help bring good results also beyond the matric when SFL learners succeed in finding further training and work so that they can realise their dreams.Volvo in partnership with Star For Life has also awarded 19 excelling learners from SFL partnered schools with university registration fees for both Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal schools.