BACKGROUND: Good Morning Angels receives hundreds of requests from people who are looking for jobs. Many of these requests come from women: moms, single parents, grannies, even school girls who are the heads of parentless households. This Women’s Month, we teamed up with Madelein Smit, MD of employment recruitment agency, HR Company Solutions. She organised a workshop this past Women’s Day, to help women get ready for the world of work – from drawing up a CV, to dressing up for the interview. The ultimate aim was to assist these women with possible placement and employment, to empower them to be independent. This morning, we meet three of the women who made the most of this opportunity.
REQUEST 1: Marinda Kotze
I’ve been a single mom for 9 years now since my husband just disappeared. I have two sons, Dylan 21 and Luc 17.
I was laid off 3 years ago at a guesthouse where I worked for 8 years. When I couldn’t find a job and couldn’t pay the rent, my sons went to an orphanage and I went to a homeless shelter where I looked after the old people day and night for a year. a very traumatic time for us.
Dylan, meanwhile, got a job as a web developer and hired us a place in mid-2017 so we could be together again for Luc’s last 2 years of school. After Dylan paid rent, electricity and his wi-fi (because he works from home) and we eat very economically, we only get through the month. There is never anything left for anything extra. We do without a refrigerator, a washing machine, transport and I do not know how to get blankets and a ‘heater’ for the winter. But we’ll be fine.
ANGEL 1: Madelein Smit, Managing Director of HR Company Solutions
Madelein was so impressed with Marinda, she has offered her a job at HR Company Solutions!
REQUEST 2: Karina Balt
Karina’s sister, Elvira wrote to GMA and asked us to help Karina find a job. She’s a 44-year-old single mother of two teenagers. Karina was retrenched in October last year. She has depleted all her savings and means to care for her children and they have no other family. Despite excellent work experience and qualifications (Karina is efficient in business analysis and many other professions and worked for two major international fuel companies), she has not been able to find anything sustainable. “She is the bravest person I know, who has not sat down in despair, but looks for and applies for hundreds of new jobs every day! I must say I admire her – for her courage and for trying EVERYTHING! She is making clothes and curtains anything to bring in some funds….
ANGEL 2: Ilanda Els from Herbalife Nutrian
Karina was invited back for a second interview today… instead, Ilanda informs Karina that she’s got the job as a Cost Systems Specialist!
REQUEST 3: Omolemo Cinecela
Omolemo Cincela is in Grade 12 at Thuto Pele Secondary School in Kagiso. She is writing a mid-year matric exam this morning. Omolemo attended HR Company Solution’s workshop to get herself job ready for next year. She wants to study Financial Management and has done some job shadowing to ensure that this is a career field that is suited to her and her expectations. She has applied at the University of Johannesburg to enroll in 2020. She does not know how she is going to pay for her studies yet, and will probably have to work to save first.
Chris Rothman, Sales Manager, Consolidated Ford. They will give her an internship AND pay for her studies next year!
ANGEL 3: Chris Rothman, Sales Manager at Consolidated Ford
Consolidated Ford offers Omolemo an internship AND to pay for her studies next year!