Tateni Throws Farewell For German Friends

Tateni Throws Farewell For German Friends


Tateni Community Centre had a farewell function this morning for their German friends. The two 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 to take a gap year after their matric before they start their Engineering course at the university. They have now finished their term at Tateni and going back home.


On behalf of the directors and the staff, RED. Mokgokong, the executive director of Tateni gave a speech during the function to thank 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 service and good working spirit. We wish everything of the best in your university studies and invite 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.




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 have a lovely journey home, him and the children at the drop in centre going to miss them.


More people like Benedikt and Ole are wished to come to the cetre.  “It fells weird, I have been staying  here for too long and it came down that I have to go home after I have adapted to the environment  and a way of living here, is more difficult to leave SA now 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 Osternmann.

By: Fortunate Machaba

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