Follow Coega for Future Internship Programme Opportunities, Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow

2nd March 2023


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Coega Young Professionals: Front left to right: Lesedi Sipuka, Sustainability and SHEQ; Thandolwethu Mali, Graphic Design and Administration. Back left to right: Yamkela Nqwelo, Coega Africa Programme; Anam Booi, Digital Media; Lihle Mbetshu, Marketing and Communications; Phelisa Moyana, Marketing and Communications; Nikita Kwanini, Information Technology; and Abongile Ntabeni, Marketing and Administration.

Gqeberha, South Africa, 1 March 2023 – Against the backdrop of the Eastern Cape’s current youth employment crisis, the Coega Internship Programme continues to serve as a beacon of hope for many graduates in search of opportunities to boost their career prospects.

Since inception in 2008, the Programme has mentored thousands of young professionals who have gone on to become successful businesspeople and specialists in their fields. The Programme offers opportunities across the corporation’s various business units and has assisted in the career development of thousands of talented graduates, including SABC Radio Station (Tru FM) Programme Manager, Sakikaya Makapela. 

Makapela is a graduate of the Nelson Mandela University, who joined the Class of 2007 Coega Internship Programme to kickstart his career. Today, Makapela is a media practitioner with over 15 years’ experience acquired in various aspects of media, marketing, and communications. Makapela shares that "a Coega internship is a great opportunity to begin a future career. A developed mentor system, a strong and resilient corporate culture, and assistance for newcomers are all demonstrated by the company. You will receive aid and advice on how to improve things, but what's also crucial is that your suggestions will be acknowledged and are likely to be used.”

“We are proud to welcome young professionals into our space and offer them the experience they need to prosper as candidates in the job market. Young minds fuel the engine room of this organisation in line with our culture of innovation and continuous improvement, and we appreciate their contribution to the Coega vision of championing socio-economic development," says Bronwen Addison, Coega Unit Head of Human Resource Management (Acting). 

Coega established the Programme with the aim of providing the platform for experiential learning opportunities to unemployed graduates and students in specific study disciplines – who are required to complete practical work to obtain a qualification. The Programme forms part of the Corporation’s Social Responsibility Initiatives. 

Another Coega Internship Programme alumni who is employed as a Coega Digital Media Specialist by the organisation, Rene Marais, recommends the Programme to recent graduates looking to gain professional experience. She states that “the Programme provides hands-on learning through experienced mentors and specialists and gives interns the chance to practice their skills and gain real-life work exposure and training.”

Babalwa Menze, who is one of the current Coega Internship Programme Finance Interns, also shared her thoughts: "I want to express my gratitude to the entire Coega corporate team for their welcoming and kind manner at the start of the programme. My internship, in my perspective, will assist me in expanding my skills and experience, enhance my self-confidence, and help me determine my career goals." 

If you would like to follow in the same footsteps as Makapela, Marais, Menze and many other young professionals who have gone on to become successful businesspeople and specialists in their fields, you are encouraged to follow the Coega Development Corporation on social media for future internship vacancies:

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter




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