My name is Zamokuhle Mbatha. I joined the PYMA programme in January 2020 through the Youth Service Initiative that was being implemented by Harambee/ Gold Youth/ Tshepo 1 Million. Since then, I have never looked back. I have been open to learning and also honing myself with advanced transferrable skills and knowledge related to the programmes and operations of PYMA. Currently, my roles are diverse at PYMA. I facilitate and implement Early Childhood Development (ECDs) Maths and Reading clubs, tutoring and assisting learners with Homework. Within the Gold Youth Life skills programme, I conduct life skills sessions for learners in the PYMA Afterschool Programme. These sessions are meant at empowering beneficiaries including females with knowledge on teenage pregnancy and sexual reproductive health. I am also responsible for conducting office administration, filing, engaging with parents and participating in community projects and youth webinars.
I am intrigued to see myself being empowered and offered opportunities that will help me to participate in economic activities and also take myself out of the cycle of poverty in the not so far near future. I am very glad to be part of PYMA programmes and to celebrate #WomenMonth in South Africa. I believe that this is the time for us to continue celebrating each other as women and also to shine despite issues that continue to affect us. It is also vital as women that and girls, we should advocate for the provision of opportunities related to schooling and work.
As a recipient of the PYMA Coca-Cola Bursary and Harambee/ Gold Youth Intern, I am intrigued to say that I feel empowered to be provided with this opportunity. Through this exposure at PYMA, I have learnt innumerable aspects related to the operations and programmes of the Organisation. What is also exciting about being part of the PYMA programme is that after I got a bursary opportunity, I was also paired with a female Mentor from KPMG. My mentor is currently aiding me to devise proper career plans. I am also looking forward to finish my course at CJC TVET College and also come back to assist beneficiaries enrolled in the PYMA Programmes.
All in all , I would like to thank PYMA for proffering me with this opportunity and to celebrate #WomenMonth with me. As a young female in South Africa, I would like to encourage all women and girls in South Africa to never give up on their dreams, to continue searching for opportunities that could better their lives, volunteer while looking for jobs so that the latter can gain skills and lastly to start a hustle.
Zamokuhle Mbatha was proffered the PYMA/ Coca-Cola Bursary in May 2021.She is currently studying at CJC TVET College and also volunteering at PYMA. She is also part of the PYMA Mentorship Programme and has already been paired with a Mentor from KPMG.