PPF host year-end gala dinner

2015-12-03 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede PPF Lower South Coast members celebrate the end of the year with ANC chair Sihle Zikalala.

PHOTO: precious gumede PPF Lower South Coast members celebrate the end of the year with ANC chair Sihle Zikalala.

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PROGRESSIVE Professionals Forum, lower South Coast, held its year-end gala dinner and debate on Thursday at Desroche’s Hotel.

Guests listened to what the newly appointed ANC chair, Sihle Zikalala, had to say about social transformation, especially how professionals can reach their goal of a socially transformed nation as set out in the Freedom Charter.

Zikalala said a professional is an individual­ who is qualified to be in a position they are able to handle successfully.

He said as government they are doing away with people in positions who can’t do the job, whereas on the other hand there are qualified people at home who don’t have a job.

Zikalala encouraged the professionals to educate themselves.

“Professionalism needs people who are willing to study, the truth is that there are institutions that offer further education for all, so whether you have a degree or a diploma, you can further your studies,” he said.

Zikalala said there is no way forward if municipality heads want a bodyguard while they sit in their offices doing nothing.

“In some cases we find that as professionals we sit in the office and do nothing. We drive fancy cars and have sub-contractors doing our job for us. That has to stop,” said Zikalala.

Professionals were also given a chance to interact with a panel and engaged in dialogue with guests.

One of the points raised was the employment system and the expense of applying for a job.

Hibiscus Coast Municipality youth manager Phumalani Mzobe suggested that governments look into the issue of completing Z83 forms.

Mzobe said the unemployed don’t have money to post application forms, therefore an electronic system should be introduced.

“Can the government change its application methods as we can see in other provinces that electronic applications are now accepted,” said Mzobe.

The panel drafted Mzobe’s suggestion and promised to forward it to the relevant heads.

The forum thanked everyone for attending and said they hope to get new members in the new year.

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