The KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department recently invited unemployed residents in the province to apply for a programme aimed at helping them obtain driver's licences and improve their employment prospects. As part of the provincial Transport Month campaign, Sipho Hlomuka, the MEC for Transport, Community Safety, and Liaison, has launched the Thuthuka Driving Skills Program.
This initiative will provide free learners and driving licence classes ranging from Code 08 to Code 14 to over 3,000 individuals of all ages.
The programme is part of an ongoing effort to boost job opportunities, recognising that having a driver's licence enhances employability in various sectors. The department is collaborating with driving schools to implement this programme.
How To Apply
The first step for individuals wanting to be part of the Thuthuka SDP programme is downloading the application form.
Click on "Electronic Reading Room" in the left sidebar, select "forms," and then choose "Thuthuka Skills Development Programme Application Form" to download and complete it.
Through the Thuthuka Driving Skills Program, the department is also refining the criteria for obtaining a driver's licence.
How To Fill Out The Thuthuka Skills Development Programme Form
Step One: Provide Your Personal Information:
- Enter your Surname.
- Provide your First Name.
- Fill in your I.D. number.
- Select your District Municipality.
- Choose your Local Municipality.
- Specify your Ward Number.
- Enter your Address. Make sure to attach proof of residence, such as stamped letters from the Councillor and TC (if available).
- Provide your Contact Number and an Other Contact Number.
Step Two: Enter Your Date Of Birth In Correct Format
- Enter your date of birth in the format: dd/mm/year.
Step Three: Provide Personal Details
- Select your Race.
- Specify your Home Language.
- Indicate any Other Languages you speak.
- Choose your Gender (Female or Male).
- If you have a disability, select "Yes" and briefly describe it. Be sure to attach proof if available.
- Confirm your South African citizenship. If you are not a South African citizen, specify your nationality.
Step Four: Disclose Information Criminal Record
- If you have a criminal record, select "Yes" and provide details.
Step Five: Select Driver's Licence Category
- Choose the driver's licence category you are applying for (B, EB, C, C1, or EC).
Step Six: Provide Your Educational Details
- Provide information on your Highest Grade Passed.
Step Seven: Disclose Post-Matric Qualifications (Optional)
- If you have post-matric qualifications, provide details about the institution/provider, qualifications, and the year obtained.
Step Eight: Provide An Application Statement
- Explain why you want to apply for this project.
Step Nine: Sign The Declaration
- Confirm that the information provided is true and correct.
- Sign and date the application.
Step Ten: Provide Supporting Documents
- Attach a copy of your Identity document (ID).
- Include any certificates (if available).
- Attach proof of residence, such as stamped letters from the Councillor and TC.
Once you have completed all the sections of the SDP application form and attached the necessary documents, you can submit your application to the relevant authorities.
Be sure to review your application to ensure all the information you provide is correct before submission.
You can submit completed forms at the nearest Department of Transport Regional Office, Cost Centre office, or the department's Head Office.
Please note that the application deadline for the programme is in October 2023.