School-Leavers ‘Mysteriously’ Going Places in Rural Mpumalanga

Thulani Dube, a Good Work Foundation (GWF) Information Technology graduate (and the original Absa-sponsored bridging year student) has been working for Mpumalanga’s Department of Health as a Data Capture intern for just under one year (read out last story on this young man and you will see that he started off as a petrol pump attendant).

His response (and smile) to every question asked about his job is enough evidence that he is enjoying the fruits of his labour. His determination and perseverance in IT studies are the reason he has achieved as much as he has today.

Thulani is an easy-going person who dreams of one day owning his own IT company.

“I have seen so many opportunities in the Department of Health that motivate me to leave room for growth and development within the IT industry regardless of any obstacles that I might encounter along the way,” exclaimed Thulani.

There were many candidates from various parts of South Africa that had applied for the same post, but Thulani remained confident and believed in himself based on the qualifications and experience he had gained from Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC).

Thulani’s role, which required advanced IT skills, includes data collection and management of patient information as well as the compilation of monthly and quarterly reports.

“When I sat and thought about the number of sleepless nights as a student and the many things I had deprived myself of to get my qualifications, I knew that this internship needed my best shot as I had only one chance to prove my capability and create a lasting impression on my employers,” explained Thulani.

Thulani understands that today’s world is technologically driven and to ensure that he is a part of the new world, he will continue to learn in every way possible for him. Thulani is grateful for the fact that he can now also financially support himself and his family from his salary.

“It feels good being independent,” he says.

Thulani’s new job comes with its own set of obstacles, in particular being exposed to badly injured or critically ill people. “I used to run into my office whenever I encountered such a situation until I realised that it was something I would have to teach myself to deal with, especially if I were to be asked to stay after my internship contract that expires this coming September.”

It’s no mystery that school-leavers are going places in Mpumalanga. Thulani is living proof that the bridging year course offered at GWF prepares school-leavers with skills that allow them access to the 21st-century economy. You have to start with digital and English!

Good work is always celebrated at GWF and we celebrate Thulani’s victories: well done Thulani!

Thulani remained confident and believed in himself based on the qualifications and experience he had gained from Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC). The future is looking very bright for this hard-working young man.

Thulani remained confident and believed in himself based on the qualifications and experience he had gained from Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC). The future is looking very bright for this hard-working young man.

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Thulani stands tall and proclaims that there is still a lot that that he wants the world to seefrom him.

Written, compiled and photographed by Mpho Lebyane.

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