Agency that breeds opportunity

2017-03-02 06:01
Some of the job recruits go through their paces in preparation for the job market

Some of the job recruits go through their paces in preparation for the job market

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Harambee continues to open doors of opportunity to deserving young South Africans in the midst of the highest unemployment rate for the youth, which stands at 37,1%.

The organisation is urgently looking for hundreds of young candidates to fill immediate opportunities in the retail, hospitality and call centre sectors.

While Harambee has traditionally placed matriculants without tertiary qualifications, the organisation is increasingly getting requests for new graduates as well.

Josh Jansen, Harambee Cape Town operations manager said: “With our extensive skills and experience in supporting young people, we’re aiming to bring 500,000 young people closer to work over the next 5 years.

Candidates between 18 and 34 years-old are urged to apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on these exciting opportunities.”

Free from the constraints of joblessness, township-based candidates talk of the independence that the programme has given them.

From roaming the streets to acting managers at an international BPO call centre, Mthembeki Mungeka grew up in Philippi where he was exposed to gangs and drugs on a daily basis.

Growing up he felt a sense of not belonging; he wanted to become something better but he didn’t know who to interact with to change his situation.

After being unemployed for more than a year he was introduced to Harambee and his luck changed.
“I attended a bridging course where I learnt work-readiness skills and at the end of the bridge I was fortunate enough to secure a job at Merchants!

I’ve been at Merchants for over three years, where I have been promoted along the way, and have even been able to purchase my own property.

Thanks Harambee, with a little hard work, dreams do come true.” he said.

Anathi’s been given the tools to succeed in life.

Anathi Xuza from Delft found employment at Protea Hotels by Marriott where she works as a reservations agent, making local and international hotel bookings.

“Having a job has changed my life. I’ve assisted my mom to pay her debts, am paying towards renovating our house to better accommodate our family, and am planning to purchase my first car.

Harambee’s made a huge impact on my personal and work life; they gave me the tools that I need to succeed in life and taught me how to have a positive attitude, the right energy and ongoing curiosity to grow myself and others.” she said.

Giving hope to young people with disabilities:

Lauren Green from Bridgetown had a spinal operation in 2000 and was unable to find employment, until Harambee helped her develop the courage and network she needed. She now works as a service desk consultant at Truworths.

“Harambee’s taught me time management, how to interact with people, and how to speak about my disability. I feel much more independent and am so happy that I’m able to provide for my family. There is hope for people with disabilities. If we all stand together and help one another Cape Town will be a much better place! Thank you Harambee for changing my life.” she said.

Interested employers in the region who would like to partner with Harambee can learn more at www.harambee.co.za, contact them on 021 812 2300 or visit the branch at 2 Long Street, 6th floor, Cape Town. Candidates can apply for free using their cellphones on www.harambee.mobi

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