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Chris Hani District Municipality welcomed 40 new interns that will serve for a period of two years. The interns are unemployed graduates who are bona fide residents in the district, who have not been employed before and who have not undergone internship. Their service began on 30 September and have been placed in different offices based on their qualifications. The interns get a monthly stipend of R5000 monthly.

This is the third intake of interns by CHDM and the two proceeding intakes proved fruitful as they became attractive to the job market and some got employed in CHDM and other institutions. The internship program was first launched by CHDM in 2011 with the purpose of assisting unemployed graduates to bridge the experience and skills gap which is a hindrance to getting the first job for graduates.

All interns are assigned mentors who guide them throughout the internship programme ensuring that they attain all required skills which make them marketable. Speaking from his new office Andile Mbandezi from Komani in Westbourne said “I obtained a BA degree in Development studies in 2015 at the University of Zululand and also completed Honours degree in Community Development in 2016 to enhance my chances of getting considered when I apply.  I have been anxious to get my first job and up to this far I had not been successful. I believe when I have completed my internship programme I will be better able attract employers as I need to plough back the knowledge I attained in university. I also see this as an opportunity to market myself as a dedicated hardworking and competent employee”.

An advert inviting applications for internship was published in July and a recruitment process followed afterwards. In ensuring that it is only suitable CHDM citizens who apply, a process of verification was also undertaken to ascertain residence and employment history among others.