Nontebeko Magwaza (28) and Lunga Mtshali (26) both from KZN formed part of a HWSETA-funded internship programme at FAMSA National. They have been absorbed permanently by the organisation as Social workers and both situated at the Head Office.
Nontebeko studied a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of South Africa and graduated in 2017. From a young age she has always been passionate about social work and making a difference in people`s lives. She is very grateful for the opportunity from HWSETA, she adds that doing her internship at FAMSA National has taught her so much, within a year of working at FAMSA she was already able to put a lot of work she studies into practice. Today she is a proud social worker with so much experience., and it`s all thanks to her team.
Lunga also studied a Bachelor of Social Work degree from University of South Africa. He says the reason he chose to study this course is because he grew up in a vunerable community which was affected by drugs and alcohol, where most children were raised by a single parent. He further elaborates that he chose social work as a career because he wanted to help dysfunctional families with their social issues.
“I’m grateful for being part of HWSETA internship program because I got a chance to put my theory into practice and the opportunity to change and empower people’s lives. Working at FAMSA is a great platform for my career, I learn new things everyday I’ve got good supervisors and a very supportive Director. I hope HWSETA continues to help other graduate in need’’, He says with a smile.
Their duties both include strategic planning for relevant activities and projects, monitoring and evaluating FAMSA programmes and services, supervision, counselling, conducting and facilitating trainings and handling media interviews.
Asked what they want to gain or take from this opportunity they tell me they want to help communities with issues affecting them, also independence or working under little supervision especially now that they are permanent and lastly creativity and planning. In 5 years’ time they see themselves sharing many success story of the many families they would have helped, and being the best in their careers.
HWSETA wishes both of you well in your career endeavours!
Last modified: June 17, 2020