Youth taught coding skills

CodeTelligence hosted a graduation ceremony for its 2023 cohort, equipping 19 aspiring coders with NQF Level 5 coding skills and job opportunities. The programme was hosted at False Bay College in Khayelitsha last Friday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele

In a world where technology plays an increasingly pivotal role, CodeTelligence is lighting the way for Khayelitsha’s youth, offering them a chance to become creators, innovators, and leaders in their own right.

False Bay College hosted the celebration last Friday when CodeTelligence, a black women-led non-profit company, held its 2023 cohort graduation.

In collaboration with In2Change Learning and Younglings Africa, the event marked the culmination of six months of hard work by 19 graduates, most of whom were facing the harsh reality of unemployment.

Through its transformative technology initiative, CodeTelligence has not only equipped these young individuals with coding skills but also paved the way for them to secure meaningful employment and further their education.

The graduation ceremony was hosted by partner and entrepreneur, Zikhona Madubela, and led by the founder and director of CodeTelligence, Keoikantse Tsholo Botlholo, who shared their wisdom and encouragement while Gama Cuba, from Isizwe Generation Group, spoke about the power of technology to uplift communities and create new opportunities.

ZAM Foundation’s Gringoe Mashalaba shared how they have been assisting candidates with driving lessons and Cameron Davids from Younglings Africa said they tried to hire some of the candidates.

IT lecturer at False Bay College, Sly Mutiro, emphasised the relevance of coding in today’s job market and encouraged the graduates to continue expanding their skills.

Mihlali Dzingwa, Luthando Valtyn and Buhle Iyanda Nombila, alumni’s of project CodeTelligence, shared their personal journey’s and how coding had transformed their lives, instilling hope and ambition to the graduates.

Ms Botlholo said as the young coders enter the workforce, they will bring fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to local businesses and industries. Moreover, their success will inspire others in the community to embrace coding as a means to unlock new doors and create a better future for themselves.