From the Directors desk
Programme Update
 
Alumni events
We have now had successful alumni events in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth- each marked by enthusiastic participation by both alumni and local teams.. Our hope is that this network will gather momentum as time goes on. On a related note we have continued to strengthen our network of employer relationships offering potential opportunities to both current students and alumni. Some of the recent additions to the ‘stable’ are SAB Miller, Capitec Bank, Ernst & Young, Media 24, Investec and a range of NGOs. 

Career fairs
These events held in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and PE all went well with good student and professional attendance and excellent content. Many thanks go to all the alumni that volunteered to participate in these events. 

15 year celebration
As a way of commemorating 15 years of operation:
 
Event Highlights

ALUMNI EVENTS

Western Cape Event
Durban Event

Alumni at the WC event.

Durban alumni event.

Nokulunga Mjwara from Engenoil- Key note speaker at WC alumni event.

Proud KZN SDA Pinky Mathonsi with her former students.

REAP staff at the WC event.

Alumni at Durban event.

Port Elizabeth Dinner

REAP alumni based in PE after their dinner on the 15th of September.

Alumni with HOP far left and PE Senior SDA Far right.

PROGRAMME EVENTS: CAREER FAIRS

REAP alumni officer (middle) with alumni that volunteered as professionals in the WC career fair- Huli Matodzi (right) and Asavela Vika (left).

REAP alumnus-Zintle Mazaleni introducing the alumni association to final year students at the EC career fair.

Some of the alumni vounteered to be professionals in the Gauteng career fair.

FEATURED STORY: MY EXPERIENCES IN PRIVATE PRACTICE

My experiences in private practice.

Name: Puselepho Lekola

Place of Origin: Paselkop Village in Sekhukhune- Limpopo

Year of completion: 2013

HEI: University of Johannesburg

Course of study: Btech Podiatry

I started my undergraduate career being supported by REAP. REAP gave me access to higher education. When I was studying at UJ, I was later offered a bursary by the Department of Health which promised me a job after graduation. This promised job did not materialize. After graduating and qualifying as a podiatrist, I was at home for 8 months.  Even after I registered with the health professions council I waited for too long for this placement until I decided not to wait anymore. I applied for a number of posts on my own but I was unsuccessful. I then met a lady with a private practice who was working part time (one day a week). After she heard my story, we both decided that I would join her and convert her practice to a full time one. I then worked with her for two months, which was very hectic because it was just like starting a new business as she had very few patients. The lady then told me that she was not interested in private practice anymore. When she eventually left, I had to start managing the practice on my own. It was challenging initially to pay for the building but with support from some family members, I managed to continue running the practice. I was doing the marketing myself- distributing flyers and advertising online and now I can say I am comfortable running my own private practice.

Highlights of working for myself- Private practice has taught me to save money and be responsible by saving for rainy days. I can also work flexible hours and manage my own time.

Challenges- Working at a loss at times and dealing with client and medical aid issues. I also find myself having to work long hours to accommodate certain patients. 

Advice to REAP students and recent graduates- If you don’t get a job and your course allows you to go privately- pursue that option. If a lot of capital is needed for you to start, do your research on how much you need and how long it will take to make profit.  You could find someone who can help you apply for a loan to start your business. Finally, believe in yourself, if you want something, go for it- don’t give up!!!!

Connecting with a long-standing donor in Amsterdam

The Director of REAP, Mr Russell Davies recently visited Amsterdam and met with the wonderful ladies of the Tania Ruth Leon Studifond at their 30 year anniversary event. They have been supporting REAP since its inception and previously when we were Catholic Education Aid Programme (CEAP). REAP is always grateful to all our donors that make it possible for us to deliver our support programme!

Words of Appreciation

I want to express my sincere appreciations to the whole of the REAP organization. In Xitsonga they say "nwana a hi wa  unw'e" which is the same as the English saying "it takes a village to raise a child". And indeed both sayings are correct. I am the proof of that, and I'm glad to say that I have finally obtained my BA Psychology degree. The truth is, it is not mine to glorify alone, but for each and every person who supported me through my journey, be it financially, emotionally, or socially. I am truly grateful, humbled. 

I am very thankful for what REAP has done for me, the impact that this organization has made in my life will remain until I cease to exist and for as long as I will still be breathing, I shall hold the flag very high. All the SDA's that were assigned to attend to us, I applaud and appreciate their kindness and the love they gave. Alone I couldn't have made it. I am truly overwhelmed by such blessings in my life. As per the REAP vision; I now have acquired skills that I will use to lead and lift up the community that I come from, because even a single candle is able to light up a dark room. Today I am this strong, educated ambitious and resilient young woman because someone gave me a chance. I'm thankful. I don't know what more to say. 

By Mihloti Mkhabela

Alumni Spotlight

Romano Jacobs
Year of completing undergraduate studies: 2008
Studied: Bachelor of Commerce
Company: Local Municipality
Current job title: Assistant Director: Municipal finance

Victor Malesa
Year of completing undergraduate studies: 2010
Studied: Bachelor of Science (Geology)
Company: Exxaro Coal 
Current job title: Mine Geologist

Zingisa Malangeni
Year of completing undergraduate studies: 2013
Studied: Bachelor of Pharmarcy
Company: Mediclinic
Current job title: Pharmacist

Achievements

Esperanca Sorota
Congratulations to REAP Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Esperanca Sorota on the completion of her SAICA articles in July 2016!!!. We are proud of you and wish you the best in the next stage of your career!!

Announcements
  • Please look out for the invitations to the 15 year celebration events in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and respond to tell us if you can make it.
  • If you would like to contribute to the next newsletter by sharing your achievements, personal story or any interesting news about yourself, please email- alumni@reap.org.za.
  • Remember to connect with other alumni on the Facebook group ‘REAP Alumni Association’.
  • If you are not in a whatsapp group with other alumni from your field of study and would like to be added to one, just email alumni@reap.org.za as well. 
  • Please update your contat details with us if there have been any changes. 
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