#YouthMonth: Celebrating Local Youth Empowerment (Seithati Makoloane)

Story: Seithati Makoloane | 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.

Seithati Makoloane, Intern, Office of the Speaker, shares her experience:

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

A: My name is Seithati Makoloane, born and raised in Aliwal North. I was raised by my grandparents while my mother worked in Gauteng Province. I started my education at Holy Cross Primary School, completed secondary education at Bishop Demont Secondary School, and furthered my studies at Ikhala TVET College. Additionally, I equipped myself with other short courses. I am a friendly individual who loves working with people and strives to create a conducive work environment for everyone. I am compassionate about the well-being of others and always aim to help everyone succeed in life.

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

A: I submitted my CV to the municipality in 2020 to be included in the municipal database. Fortunately, I was selected to participate in the 2023/2024 Ubuntu Institute Graduates Internship Programme.

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

A: Working at Walter Sisulu Local Municipality has been eye-opening and has significantly contributed to my growth. Initially, I had little knowledge of how the municipality operates, but I quickly adapted to the daily operations. Professionally, I have grown tremendously under the supervision of Mr. Plaatjie, the manager in the Office of the Speaker. I have learned the objectives of the municipality, which include promoting community development both economically and socially, prioritizing basic needs, providing administration and planning, and fostering mutual trust between the community and the municipality.

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

A: I have developed people management skills, as my duties involve working with the public and stakeholders. I can now attend to the public without supervision, having been trained in effective communication and providing satisfactory service. Additionally, I have gained sound knowledge of confidentiality and the importance of safeguarding documents and updating information.

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

A: June 16 reminds me of the youth who laid down their lives for our better future and community upliftment. It motivates me to do my part in making a difference, no matter how small. I am inspired by a quote my mentor often uses: "Fools multiply when wise men are silent." This quote empowers me to stand up for young people and strive to make the world a better place for us all.

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

A: I feel very proud to serve my community. This opportunity has allowed me to address community issues effectively. Being involved in public participation engagements, I have contributed to planning, procuring, and processing activities, ensuring successful meetings. These successes reflect the improvements I have helped bring to my 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: Always be willing to put yourself out there and network at professional gatherings, seminars, and launches. Use every opportunity to mention your job search and qualifications without lying. Persistence is key, even when the application process is tiring and expensive. Young people should submit their CVs, follow up on applications, and seek empowerment from those in service before them. Stay alert on social media, follow relevant pages for vacancies, and register on employment agencies like LinkedIn and Job Jack.

Q: Any other comments?

A: People Should stay positive and do away with negativity - sayings like "Inomnikazi" , "Sikhaphile" and so forth. Never for a minute, feel like you are not good enough. Don't wait for opportunity, create it!