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Staff Profile: Bulelani Bashe

Bulelani grew up and matriculated in the Eastern Cape. Having few prospects, he gravitated to Gansbaai, where his brother had found work as a seasonal factory worker in the local fish factory.

Once here, he by chance came upon the opportunity to study further at the Green Futures horticulture and life skills College in 2010. Having no options open to him, he was excited at the prospect of studying further.

He admits he didn’t know what he was in for. As the year progressed Bulelani applied himself to learning all he could. His love for plants grew and in particular his passion for landscaping was ignited. He loves the process of starting from scratch, the careful planning and then implementing and building to a plan. Last year he completed a further qualification in landscaping through Intek and achieved a 96% average for his diligence.

Practically, Bulelani has worked on the Elim road rehabilitation project and the new Masakhane Primary School grounds. He admits, every time he drives past projects he has worked on, he is proud and happy to see what he has accomplished.

In his spare time, Bulelani journals and reads inspiring autobiographies. He finds it inspiring to read how other people have overcome the odds and made a success of their lives.

Bulelani says that if he had to go back to the rural high school he matriculated from, he would try and advise the teenagers to stay positive and spend their time positively. Not to be caught up in what their friends or surroundings dictate, but to focus and strive towards the positive and opportunities.

Bulelani’s next challenge is to study further, he aims to get a further qualification in project management, as this is an integral skill needed in his landscaping projects.


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