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Umzi Wethu Success Story

Abandoned at birth, Lwazi Xinwa (24) spent his first five years growing up in a children’s home in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. Adopted by loving parents, Lwazi spent the next eight years thriving in a stable household.

However, at age 13 his life turned upside down once again. His father was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Xinwa’s parents revealed to him that he had been adopted. “I was so angry, so many mixed feelings,” says Xinwa. “I was so upset that my father was sick but I felt angry at the same time.”

Are South African NGOs Employers of Choice or Necessity?

As a Human Resources professional working in the development sector, I always keep an eagle eye on trends and practices in private sector organisations who have the resources and capacity to invest in their people management practices. Having worked in the private sector for most of my career, I recently transitioned to civil society organisations and recognised a need for these organisations to reflect on their people management practices and develop strategies for attracting, retaining and developing their employees.

Dept Employs 728 Graduates in One Year

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture says that more than 700 jobless youths have been hired this year to work as agricultural assistant officers.

The department spokesperson, Ncumisa Mafunda, points out that these graduates have diplomas and degrees in agriculture and environmental services.

Mafunda says that, “We have created 728 jobs for the unemployed youth this year to work as agricultural extension officers."

Call to Link Youth Wage Subsidy to Training and Skills

Trade Union, Federated Union of South Africa (FEDUSA) says that the government should link its proposed youth wage subsidy to training and skills programmes to prevent exploitation and increase young people's chances of finding work.

FEDUSA secretary-general, Krister Janse van Rensburg, points out that South African schools operate in a two-tier system - some performed at international standards, and others just scraped pupils through, with around 2.4 million youths not working, training or studying.

NGOs and Salary Allocations

The New Reality for South African NGOs

South African NGOs need to be aware and take cognisance of the fact that skills shortages and high turnover have become a global phenomenon. Skills are easily transferable across international boundaries and employees have an abundance of choice in an age where access to information is just a broadband connection away.

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