#YouthMonth: Celebrating Local Youth Empowerment (Silindokuhle Nginingini)

Story: Silindokuhle Nginingini | 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.

Silindokuhle Nginingini, Intern, Finance Department, shares her experience:

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

A: My name is Silindokuhle Nginingini. I was born and raised in a small town called Alice. I matriculated at Imingcangathelo High School and then enrolled at Ikhala TVET College in Aliwal North, where I obtained my N6 in Public Management. Currently, I am doing my in-service training at Walter Sisulu Local Municipality.

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 social media platforms, local newspapers, the municipal website, and government job portals, including the public service commission website.

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

A: Working for the municipality has contributed to my personal growth by developing empathy and understanding of diverse community needs. Professionally, I have acquired new skills and knowledge, and developed problem-solving and critical thinking abilities.

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

A: I have developed a better understanding of municipal operations and local government processes. I have also improved my customer care skills, ensuring customer satisfaction.

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

A: Youth Day celebrates the contributions that young people made to the struggle for freedom in South Africa. It’s a celebration of youth resilience, courage, and the pursuit of a better future. For me, it means that young people should live up to this legacy and participate in society, politics, and decision-making. We should also raise awareness about challenges we encounter, such as education, employment, and empowerment.

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

A: As a customer care intern, I feel delighted to have made a positive impact on the community. I have assisted residents with queries and concerns and helped resolve issues related to municipal services, such as doing journals and printing statements.

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: I would advise young people to explore opportunities, consider internships, and volunteer to gain experience. They should always update their skills and knowledge to stay relevant in the job market.

Q: Any other comments?

A: I would like to thank Ubuntu, Fasset, and WSLM for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams. I am grateful for the chance to work as a Customer Care intern. My experience under your guidance and supervision has been incredibly pleasing.