The Leadership 2020 Seminars take the vision of empowering the youth to a whole new level. The event is designed to empower, motivate, influence and change young lives through incubating the youth of South Africa into a positive frame of thinking as well as arming the youth of South Africa with the relevant tools, tips and strategies to become successful and prosper.
Sbusiso Leope, popularly known as DJ Sbu, shares his vision for Leadership 2020 regarding youth leadership with his team of passionate young entrepreneurs. By 2020 it is their dream to have impacted at least 10 million lives, in the hope that 1 life will impact 100 lives as they become leaders and furthermore develop new attitudes and a stronger young population.
The Leadership 2020 team aims to instill a culture of empowerment, leadership and success in all those that attend the seminars. The seminar’s main focus will be motivational; however they will also encourage meaningful conversations with others which in time will help change mindsets, attitudes and behaviours towards work & life in general.
If you’d like to win tickets to attend this years event, send an email to email@example.com and tell us why you want to attend.
Ever wondered what it’s like working for a lifestyle website? We’ve had the opportunity to interview a Content Producer to find out more about this interesting role. Leandra Engelbrecht is a Content Producer for South Africa’s leading health website, Health24.
In addition to a BA Honours in English, she holds a BTech in Journalism. Although Leandra finds she doesn’t directly apply the theory learnt at varsity, her studies have contributed to the acquisition of new skills. Interestingly, it was her connection with her tertiary institution that exposed her to Media24’s job lists. While working as an Administrator in UWC’s English department, the secretary informed her about the Health24 Junior Writer vacancy and she applied immediately. After just one interview and a short spelling, grammar and writing test, she landed the job in less than a week.
Fast forward six years to where Leandra is responsible for elements on the home page, sending content to external partners, managing the brand’s social networks, and dealing appropriately with spammers. That’s not all though: she produces need-to-know newsletters and co-coaches and mentors the interns too.
She now works 8 hours a day flexi time, usually starting at 6:30 so that she can leave by 15:30. She describes her work environment as ‘chilled’ and appreciates the non-threatening approach her superiors have adopted. This makes for a positive, confident, and transparent management and staff relationship. If learning new things, writing and being in the middle of a fast paced industry appeals to you, then Leandra encourages and recommends you pursue content producing as a career. Furthermore, Leandra urges others to complete as many relevant courses as possible as it is important to stay on top of technological advances by presenting something unique and special.
Her first job was as a casual fitting room attendant at an Edgars branch, and she has worked as a receptionist too. Leandra now has her sights set on being a leading digital editor in the country – a role that will allow her to exercise her interest in Social Media Management to its full extent.
We asked David Mckenna a few questions about his career as Sales Executive of a language services firm called North by North Communications. He was also integral to the conception and formation of the company.
When discussing various roles and duties during the start-up phase of the company, it was decided that David would be the most suitable candidate for the sales executive position because of his previous experience and his aptitude. He therefore didn’t apply for the position in the conventional sense.
David plans to further his studies but he is currently focusing all his attention on NBN Communications. Although he has not had any formal tertiary education, he credits hard work, life experiences, travelling and entering the work force at young age for his current success. His first job was as a direct salesman for an Internet company based in the UK. That job required him to do door-to-door sales in the middle of the British winter. Those experiences equipped him with indispensable personal skills such as time management and the mastering of inter-personal relationships. It also enabled him to build a network of who’s whos in his industry. He considers his attendance at networking events a priority, which he enjoys as he not only prefers, but also takes pleasure in, face to face communication more than emails and calls.
He admits that there aren’t a fixed number of hours that he is required to work a day because as an entrepreneur one is constantly thinking of new ideas and strategies. He adds that not having the typical fixed daily routine elevates the level of enjoyment. The field of sales is generally difficult, according to David, and he claims that it requires a positive and competitive attitude to be successful. He relies on his instincts and his ability to perform better under pressure to motivate himself, especially since he knows that his results are constantly measured.
He says, “Working in sales can be one of the most rewarding vocations out there, provided that you have the right attitude and can handle working under pressure.”
By Lauren van Schalkwyk, Online Content Administrator at Who’s Who