Tateni Throws Farewell For German Friends


Tateni Community Centre had a farewell function on Monday morning (August 28 2017) for their German friends. The 2 young men Ole Ostermann and Benedikt Eichner from Germany came to South Africa for a year to do their voluntary work at Tateni. They decided ti take a gap year after their matric before they start their Engineering studies at the University. They have now finished their term in Tateni and going back home.

On behalf of the staff and directors of Tateni, RED, Mokgokong, the Executive director of Tateni gave a speech during the function to thank Benedikt and Ole for their commitment and help to the centre. “We thank you for having selected Tateni for your volunteer gap year, we thank you for your services and good working spirit. We wish everything of the best for your university studies and we invite you to South Africa to render your engineering skills on completion of your studies, be blessed in all your future”, said Mrs Mokgokong.

She added that she thank them for always willing to be of help to all and for making themselves available and spend time with the vulnerable children at the drop in centres, especially the English reading program. More people like Benedikt and Ole are wished to come to the centre. Ït feels weird, I have been staying here for too long and it came down that I have to go home after I have adapted the environment and a way of living here, it is more difficult to leave SA than it was to leave Germany. At least when I left Germany I knew that I was coming back home after a year, where as now I know that I’m not coming back to SA anytime soon”, said Ole Ostermann.

One of the staff members, Sello Motabeng said that it was really nice having them at the organization, and he would like to wish them all the best and to also have a lovely journey home, him and the children at the drop in centre are going to miss them. Ole and Benedikt had their word of thanks as well.

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