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Internships are the way to go

26 January 2014, 19:00
DURBAN - With millions of unemployed South Africans out there, it doesn't seem like anything is done about training individuals further. Once South Africans are reluctantly employed, these individuals are thrown into the deep-end and take a while to find their feet.

Recently in a previous article it was mentioned how nothing is being done to create opportunities. This article will focus more on what could be done by those who influence our futures.

Recently I have been given a very generous gap to establish myself within my profession. I received an internship to build my skills and learn how things are done at the workplace instead of a university interpretation thereof. I thought to myself, how lucky am I to have an internship and how many South Africans actually get such an opportunity?

Some are probably fine with going straight into the working force, but for others this is a stressful or even scary stage of life. With so many multi-millionaires out there I sometimes wonder why there is such a lack of internships out there. They have so much money and could even profit more if they focus on building the nation's workforce.

South Africa is by no means the poorest country in the world, but the unemployment stats and crime rates tell us a very strange story here. How can the powerhouse of the African Economy have such huge imbalances? Why are the rich richer and the poor poorer? Prices go up, but hardly ever go down, and these are thing on our minds everyday.

The thing is that we don't really care about our fellow South Africans the way we ought to. We only come together to protest blatant oppression, such as the E-tolls in Gauteng.

Not being employed is oppression.

Why aren't we united as we stand? If you are employed this might not bother you, but I for one would like to speak out for those who have no employment status.

I urge the rich and powerful to set up internships and the government can but policies in place to help empower the future working force in this country with more learning opportunities within the workplace.

I reached my objective to get into an internship in the province that I love.

Internships are a good way to start. Let's hope that more South Africans are exposed to internships in the future, instead of the rich harbouring huge amounts in their Swiss bank accounts.

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