VUT carpenter uses his hands for good
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VUT carpenter uses his hands for good

Owen Talane

The Vaal University of Technology’s (VUT) service workers have put in a huge effort to make sure that the VUT campus looks well organised and clean.

One of these is Paulos Steven Gama (59) who serves as a carpenter. His work entails installing and repairing structures and any other type of fixtures. He also installs window frames and ceilings and many other carpentry services within his community.

Mr Gama was born in Sebokeng Zone 7, moved to Three Rivers in 1977 and is now residing in Tshepiso, Sharpeville.  He joined the University soon after moving to Sharpeville in 1985. He made a name for himself as a trusted employee when it came to operating the machines used to sharpen and cut wood and steel materials.

Uplifting his community is of one of Mr Gama’s dreams. In the Sharpeville area, many young boys are exposed to narcotics and he has decided that after his retirement, later this year, he will recruit three young boys to teach and mentor in carpentry work.

He says this will ensure they stay away from the streets and start using their hands in order to better their future.

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