By Respond Nola

Anyone would expect a Mandela day to be of physical charity and more. But the founders of the Thekvest group found a far more fun, educational and inspirational way of paying their bid to the 67 minutes pledge of giving back to the community by merging with other organizations and groups to host the career link program which has been running for the past two years on this delightful day. This program was aimed at connecting, motivating and awakening youth on the misconceptions and after life of studies. With different items for the day, the emphasis was put mostly on the expectations and reality checks of youth and employment. Having top of the class cuisine and prizes won, items included special guests from From Mr Jorge Maia an economist, to Mrs Lerato Ditshego-CEO of Art and visual agency and motivational speaker, talk was from statistical alert on the countries employment issues-Educational talk to personal experiences and motivation-inspirational talk. The youth that was part of this exciting event were fortunate enough to have one-on-one chats with the leading online recruiters of our country (Pnet and Harambe) allowing them to open discussions and more knowledge on these agencies.

As part of the whole initiative we then had to go through intimate chats with the professionals who have experience of over 20 years. Conversations around the world of work, challenges faced and also looking at their successes, and, how could one arrive to that kind of satisfaction regarding ones career.  They also had conversations around meeting all your career and personal areas of interest and opportunities were discussed and brought to the volunteers attention.

Some tutor quotes about what they took from the day,

“Don’t ever burn the bridge between you and your dreams”

“Strive to be the best, regardless of any circumstances, be a beast”

Ikamvayouth has partnered with Unleashed Woman to bring a change and ensure that the future is in their hands, tutors were really informed and motivated.

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

William James

We would like to thank Unleashed woman for the opportunity.


Lloyd Lungu

031 909 3590
2525 Ngcede Grove, Umlazi AA Library, 4031

Lloyd is a self-disciplined and highly goal-driven Industrial Psychology Honours graduate. He is currently a Master's candidate completing his second year of M.Com in Industrial Psychology at the University of the Free State. Lloyd joined IkamvaYouth as a learner in 2012, after matriculating he came back and volunteered as a tutor for the duration of his undergraduate studies at UKZN. He later worked as an Intern in the Chesterville branch. His passion for youth empowerment and inclusion has grown enormously through his time and experience gained within IkamvaYouth and has inspired him to provide career guidance to young township people. He is currently working at the Umlazi Branch as a Branch Assistant.