#YouthMonth: Celebrating Local Youth Empowerment (Nocwaka Mavango)

Story: Nocwaka Mavango | Photo: Supplied

Walter Sisulu Local Municipality (WSLM) emphasizes the significance of Youth Month by highlighting the contributions and experiences of the local youth employed by the municipality.

Nocwaka Mavango, Intern, Finance Department, shares her experience:

Q: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

A: My name is Nocwaka Mavango, born and bred in Mthatha. I attended high school at Paballelo High School in Upington, Northern Cape, and then furthered my education at Ikhala TVET College, where I obtained my N6 in Public Management. I’m currently interning at the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality, working towards completing my diploma in Public Management.

Q: How did you first learn about the employment opportunities offered by the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality?

A: I learned about the opportunities through multiple channels. I checked the classifieds or jobs section for municipal job postings, looked for online versions of local newspapers, and visited the municipality’s official website to check the "careers" or "job" section. Additionally, I visited official government websites and searched for job openings, followed the municipality's social media accounts for postings and updates, and visited the municipal office in person to inquire about available positions and application procedures. I also used hashtags related to municipality jobs on social media. Staying updated with the latest job postings and applying promptly increases the chances of getting hired.

Q: How has working for the municipality contributed to your personal and professional growth?

A: Working for the municipality has been incredibly rewarding and has significantly contributed to my growth. It has given me a sense of purpose as I’m contributing to the well-being of my community. My communication skills have improved as I engage with diverse audiences effectively, and I have become more adaptable, responding to changing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Overall, it has been a transformative experience that has helped me grow both professionally and personally.

Q: What skills have you developed or improved upon since you started working with the municipality?

A: I have developed and improved several skills. My communication skills have enhanced, enabling me to communicate effectively with the community. I have developed critical thinking skills for analysing issues and finding innovative solutions. My time management skills have improved, making me more efficient in prioritising tasks, managing multiple tasks, and meeting deadlines. I have learned to work effectively with colleagues and build strong relationships, and I have become more flexible in adapting to changing priorities, new initiatives, and shifting deadlines. These skills have not only enhanced my performance in my current role but also prepared me for future opportunities and challenges.

Q: What does Youth Month and Youth Day (June 16) mean to you personally?

A: Youth Month and Youth Day hold special significance for me. They represent the boundless energy and potential of young minds and showcase the resilience and determination of young people in the face of adversity. They emphasize the importance of empowering and supporting the next generation and remind us that the future belongs to those who are willing to shape it. Personally, these celebrations inspire me to listen to and amplify the voices of young people, support and mentor those who need guidance, advocate for opportunities and resources to help young people thrive, and recognise and celebrate the achievements of young individuals.

Q: How do you feel your work has impacted the community within the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality?

A: My work has positively impacted the community by ensuring accurate financial records and reporting, which promotes transparency and accountability in the municipality’s financial management. This fosters trust and confidence among the community.

Q: What advice would you give to other young people in the community who are seeking employment or development opportunities, especially during Youth Month?

A: My advice to young people is to embrace their potential, believe in themselves and their abilities. Stay focused and motivated, even when job hunting is tough. Be willing to learn and take on new challenges, stay curious, and invest in personal growth. Don't wait for opportunities, create your own.

Q: Any other comments?

A: I am truly thankful for the opportunity given by both the Walter Sisulu Local Municipality and the Ubuntu Institute programme.