Alumni News Letter April 2019

“I’m a business woman now”. Lilizwi is empowered to start her own business.

Lilizwi Nodliwa (25) is a single mother and comes from a big family of nine members. Being one of the breadwinners, life has not necessarily been easy for her as she was unemployed for a long time. Lilizwi has been looking for employment for a while- unfortunately, she was often rejected by various companies. She has also undergone a self-discovery journey whereby she tried to explore her talents and skills. Going through this journey, she expected to discover what exactly she was passionate about and eventually pursuing a career in that field. She later joined the Career Development Programme at Mfuleni. She has an innovative and creative spirit and wishes to give bac to the community. The ‘Ready to Work’ programme aided in developing her creative mind, she was well informed on various business opportunities and she also acquired people and entrepreneurial skills.

Her passion for children sparked her passion to establish a day care centre in her community.  She is already in partnership with SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency) and Learn to Live- an organization that joins communities to improve the quality of life through education and healthcare. More than her social entrepreneurial goal she is also a student at the University Of Stellenbosch Business School and is excited to graduate in October. The very passionate Lilizwi said “In future, I want to create a platform in our communities whereby the youth will learn new innovative ways of living and unlearn some theories or religious ways of doing things in education… I want to promote creativity.” Lilizwi expands her gratitude to Afrika Tikkun and the CDP for planting the seed of empowerment, she now looks forward to growing as an individual and as an entrepreneur.

Your first Impression is everything – Tips for your first Interview

According to brand experts, looking good at work is very important, to at least think through how your wardrobe is affecting your personal brand and how you’re perceived by others.  Many unemployed young people do not know where to start or who to ask when they prepare for their first interview.

The AT Alumni programme launched the ‘Look good for work closet’ dedicated to providing good second hand clothes to assist our young people to prepare for interviews and work.

King David High School, our Act of Random Kindness Campaign partner and donor, committed to donating good clothes to all the Johannesburg Centres. The Look Good For Work Closet will continue up till December 2019. The Look Good for Work Closet’s next stop will be Wings of Life in Diepsloot for May 2019. Get ready, ‘Siyeza’, we are coming.

Here are a few tips that can assist you in preparing for a successful interview and work wardrobe.

  1. Understand what’s appropriate in your industry
  2. Make sure your clothes fit
  3. Do not wear strong perfume or cologne
  4. Wear well-kept, polished shoes
  5. Wear rich colours to portray authority
  6. Avoid neon colours and overly flashy clothes
  7. Do not be too sexy
  8. Do not over- accessorize
  9. Facial hair should not overwhelm your face
  10. A goatee is rarely a good idea

For more tips click on the link: http://www.executivestyle.com.au/20-tips-to-dress-appropriately-for-work-2xvcy

Are You Ready for Youth Day on the 16th of June.

Similar to last year’s inaugural event, this year the Alumni will gather again at Arekopaneng, Orange Farm on the 16th June. The Alumni programme provides the opportunity for young people to network and be empowered with employment and business opportunities. This year’s Alumni day is purposely organized on June 16 to inspire young people and commemorate youth uprising in 1976. The day will be attended by all Alumni members from all Johannesburg Centres to experience world class speakers on career positioning in the 4th Industrial Revolution, exhibitors from corporates, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions to provide connections to academic and employment opportunities.

Date: June 15 (Saturday)

Time: 9am- 4pm
Address: Arekopaneng, Ext 8B, 14356 Main Road, Orange Farm

To book your seat, Please contact your Career Development Manager at your Centre.

Volunteer & Job opportunities to empower your personal skills and upgrade your CV


1.     94.7 Cycle Challenge Recruitment Drive

We are looking for outspoken Alumni members that are interested in gaining experience in sales and recruitment. They will assist in recruiting potential riders at Johannesburg Cycle Stores for 1-2 hours sessions in the upcoming month of May. If you are interested please connect with your Career Development Programme Manager at your Centre with your name and contact. First come first serve. Positions limited.

2.     Annual Afrika Tikkun Talent Day

We are looking for passionate Alumni members that are interested in gaining experience in events security and marshalling skills on Talent Day, 20th July 2019, from 9am- 5pm. If you are interested please connect with your Career Development Programme Manager at your Centre with your name and contact. First come first serve. Positions limited.

3.     Potential Job Opportunity in Alexandra

We will be looking to recruit 30 -40 young people from Alexandra to start on a very exciting project on the 1st of June. If you are interested to be part of an innovative project that involves washing cars in business parks, using artificial intelligence, please contact Alex Career Development Manager to put down your names for consideration. First come first serve. Positions limited.

Iyeza! (Alumni Website Coming Soon)

We are happy to announce that we are building a private website that will be easily accessible to all alumni. It will showcase success stories, job opportunities, Learnerships and more, direct online recruitment and updates on events.

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