#YouthMonth: Celebrating Local Youth Empowerment (Siskie Siyali)

Story: Siskie Siyali | Photo: Supplied

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

Siskie Siyali, Intern, Traffic Department, shares her experience:

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

A: I grew up in Rouxville, Rolelathunya, and studied at Thabo Vuyo Secondary School, where I matriculated in 2020. I then enrolled at Motheo TVET College in Zastron, completing my N6 in Business Management.

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

A: I learned about the employment opportunities through a social media platform, Facebook. I’m currently doing an internship hosted by the Ubuntu Institute.

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

A: Working at the Traffic Department was a great experience. I learned how to draft payment agency fees for Aliwal North, Burgersdorp, Steynsburg, and Venterstad. Additionally, I gained knowledge about revenue disbursements due to the Department of Transport. Personally, I learned that being calm and polite is the best way to handle customers, regardless of their behaviour.

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

A: I have developed skills in reconciliation, pay overs, disbursements, and directly dealing with customers by issuing driver’s licenses.

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

A: Youth Month and Youth Day mean a lot to me because, in June, many students protested and fought for freedom. This shows their courage and resilience as they stood up against injustice and fought for their future. This month and day are celebrated to acknowledge the potential of young South Africans and look forward to a brighter future for all.

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 because, as the youth get employed, they are able to afford their basic needs and support their families.

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 is that whenever there are job postings you qualify for, apply immediately and be willing to relocate if necessary to upgrade your skills. Always maintain a positive attitude.