Opening A New Academy Is All In A Days’ Work

Another immensely proud moment for I Can! was the opening of the brand new academy in East London on 4 August 2014.

Situated at 37 St Marks Road, Southernwood, 35 learners sponsored by ARB Electric Wholesalers, entered the doors on this sunny Monday morning ready for a new challenge. Our 3 new staff members, Academy Supervisor Busisa Nokama, and two facilitators Avile Sikiti and Thulisile Khumalo, were eager to start them off on this new journey.

ARB Electrical Wholesalers is Southern Africa’s largest independent black-empowered electrical wholesaler. With its roots in Richards Bay since 1980, this company has grown drastically to become a nationwide, fully equipped electrical wholesaler. Employing over 600 staff members, ARB provides a wide range of internationally recognised and SABS approved products across three main categories:

  • Power and instrumentation cable
  • Overhead line equipment and conductors
  • General low voltage products (including lighting)


In addition to our generous sponsor, we would like to extend a special Thank You to the following individuals for their selfless assistance in getting the academy off the ground:

  • Ms Jola from the Department of Education in marketing the learnerships to parents and students in the area; and
  • The East London PMI team for the use of their venues and hospitality during assessments and interviews.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for all the news on our new venture.


Lauren Butler
Operations Manager – Eastern Cape