She is a beacon of hope for the many youth who don’t believe they can achieve success.Nolene Bruyns has been working for the City of Cape Town for six years and continues to be inspired by the opportunities available for employees. Bruyns, originally from Mitchell’s Plain, recently obtained her National Diploma in Office Management Technology which she passed with distinction, cum laude. Bruyns currently works in the new market development department of the City’s Human Settlements Directorate which is responsible for the development of new, integrated and formal housing that is linked to a range of national programmes. Other responsibilities include the transformation of hostels, land reform and land restitution within Cape Town.As the administrative officer she is the glue that binds the department together, especially with her strict record-keeping and information management systems, and being able to assist the public with general enquiries as a first point of call.“It is an absolute pleasure to work in the housing department, especially to see the joy in residents’ eyes when they become home owners for the first time. This is the most inspiring time when we are able to provide opportunities for our residents,” says Bruyns.She intends studying further and would like to enrol for a BTech degree in administration. Her intention is to continue using her knowledge gained to make a difference in people’s lives – both at work and in communities. Bruyns speaks fondly of Mitchell’s Plain where she grew up, but has recently moved to Kuils River. “Never think that you can’t do it and never give up on your dreams or goals. Don’t ever allow your environment or your situation to determine your future. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it, work hard and of course believe in yourself.”Mayco member for corporate services and compliance, Xanthea Limberg, says: “Our employees are our greatest assets and I have to admire such motivation and inspiration in an individual. Over the last four financial years we have invested R94m in upskilling our employees.”Bruyns was among a group of 160 graduates who were recently awarded certificates of recognition for different levels of qualification.These included 38 certificates and higher certificates, 57 national diplomas, 59 degrees, four honours degrees, two masters degrees and two doctorate degrees.“The City provides a wide range of options to employees for self-improvement – more than most other organisations in both the private and public sectors,” says Limberg.