"This is an initiative that will upskill and train hundreds of young people and unemployed people and graduates here in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality," said Acting Executive Mayor Cllr. Helen Neale-May as the Mdantsane Jewellery School was officially opened on Thursday, 16 May 2024 at N.U 8 Mdantsane.

The African Show Coalition Institute (TASCI) in partnership with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has recently secured accreditation with the prestigious Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA). TASCI founder and director Bathandwa Kwaba said the main objective of the organisation is to develop skills and see schools fully or adequately equipped. "When a vision is shared, it becomes a partnership," she added. Ward 48 Councillor, Cllr. Phumezo Jaxa extended his appreciation for the investment saying: "your generous contributions have provided the necessary tools and equipment for this institution, emphasizing a shared commitment to nurturing economic growth and educational excellence in our community."
The participants will attend the school for one year and receive a R1 500 stipend for the duration of the programme. They will also receive an opportunity to participate in exchange programmes in Turkey. A total of 102 young people from ward 48 have been enrolled into the school.