Profile of a project co-ordinator

2016-04-27 06:00
Photo: Nosipho Mkhize Zanele Mvune multitasks as a project co-ordinator.

Photo: Nosipho Mkhize Zanele Mvune multitasks as a project co-ordinator.

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FOR Bhekulwandle, in the Amanzimtoti area resident, being a project co-ordinator may be one of the most stressful jobs anyone could have, however, St Clements Home Based Care Acting co-ordinator Zanele Mvune (35), says she enjoys every minute of it.
Mvune grew up in Umlazi south of Durban and reminisces about her childhood.
“I have many vivid memories of my childhood. I remember a lot of my daily routine. I used to attend school in Umlazi M section where I had to walk from one section to another. It was a good experience even though there were challenges because we had to cross the river, but I was unable to because of my height, so every day I had to take 10 cents from my savings and give it to someone to help me cross the river.

“Thereafter I attended Grade 5 at Ulundi Gabangaye Primary School for a year. From there I went to Our Lady of Rosary Secondary School [formerly Montebello High School], where I matriculated. I learnt so many things from boarding-school life. There were challenging moments, but since we were strong and motivated ladies, we did not experience dull moments. Since childhood I have been a natural peacemaker, good at helping others and I am confident, intuitive and strive for perfection.”

After completing matric she studied hospitality management at Durban University of Technology as well as a diploma in office administration at Rosebank College and a diploma in project management at Unischool.

She said being a co-ordinator requires quick and creative thinking, flexibility, tolerance, adaptability and formidable multi-tasking skills.
“Working as an acting project co-ordinator typically is about producing feasibility studies for project ideas, the progress thereof, sub-targets and tasks, goals and milestones, and so on.
“Personnel planning means distributing responsibilities between the assigned employees in the most effective way. The extensiveness of my field of work is characterised by uncertainty and surprise. This requires quick and creative thinking, flexibility, tolerance, adaptability and formidable multi-tasking skills

Zanele enjoys reading, travelling and cooking during her spare time and she loves helping people.

“People fail because they do not have determination and perseverance. If you want to be successful, happy, gain confidence and have self-esteem you need to be around positive people, but most of all you must respect.”


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