At Oasis we have had a goal for many years to create the opportunity for young people to work alongside our intellectually disabled workers.
The intention of this project is to increase productivity amongst the workers, provide secondary supervision, and most importantly to provide companionship. 2019 saw the launch of Oasis’ Companion Worker Internship. The programme is aimed at unemployed youth that have a minimum of Grade 11. Our dream was able to come to fruition thanks to the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment in which the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation agreed to fund Oasis over three years to create jobs, as part of their 10kj project.
A 12-month internship programme was designed to develop the interns work and life skills capabilities with the aim of better preparing them for work. 14 interns started at the beginning of the year, with 11 candidates completing the programme in 2019, and in 2020 we are looking forward to welcoming a new group of 26 interns.
Internal and external courses included First Aid; health and safety; fire safety, drug awareness and HIV/AIDS. The interns also trained and have worked in several Oasis departments including baking, gardening, cleaning, vehicle washing, office admin, stock processing for shops, stores and procurement. The Oasis team are very proud of our interns and wish them well for their futures when they leave us at the end of January 2020.
Yonele Ndunge (Matric) Yonele did a three-month home-based care course and assisted her mother with a shop in their home before joining Oasis. Her dream is to study to be a traffic officer. She was awarded her driver’s licence during the year through hard work and dedication to her dream. Due to her reliability and strong work ethic Oasis has asked her to stay on and work in the procurement and stores department while she waits for the results of her application to the traffic department. Yonele enjoys TV, music and reading.
Nosipho Dyariwe (Matric) Nosipho was unemployed before joining Oasis having done a short stint of housekeeping at a hotel. She did very well at the admin work in the Oasis Offices and has been accepted to study Business Management at college next year. Nosipho is a twin!
Siphosethu Gqulela (Matric) Although he has worked for a catering service previously, Siphosethu was unemployed when joining Oasis. He is friendly and helpful and has helped other learners at school when he could. In exciting news, Siphosethu has been accepted to study Tourism in 2020 at college. He loves drawing and he even presented the Executive Director with one of his paintings. He has a quirky sense of humour and has an interesting analytical approach to all he learns.
Retetse Maphaka (Matric) Retetse put in a lot of hard work this year to upgrade her matric results – she awaits her results and based on that, her application for Dental Nursing at CPUT next year could be successful. All this hard work and studying was completed while doing her internship at Oasis, where she has participated fully – no easy task. Clearly, she is a very determined young lady. Retetse loves cooking.
Anovuyo Shenxani (N4) Anovuyo plays netball and helps in her Community Neighbourhood Watch. She was unemployed prior to Oasis having had two short term casual jobs. Retetse had completed the first year (N4) of a three-year Management Assistance course when she had to seek employment. She successfully completed her Oasis internship with hard work never, all while never loosing focus on her studies. She has been accepted to study second year Commence at college in 2020.
Azizipho Stamper (Grade 11) Having successfully completed his Grade 11 schooling, Azizipho was unemployed when he heard of the Oasis internship. He has applied himself well to numerous skills development programmes including a gruelling four days working alongside a construction crew working on an Oasis project. He is a devoted football fan and assists with coaching. Azi has been offered a permanent job with Oasis and will be further developed to help us in our shop, tea garden and kitchen.
Thubelihle Mlobeni (Matric) Thubelihle has been unemployed since matriculating. She plays netball and sings in her church choir. Her dream is to become a nurse and she is awaiting the SA Nursing Council scheduling with their next course dates. The skills she has learned at Oasis about working with disabled people will be a great help to her in her future career.
Ludwe Mvandaba Ludwe had worked at Oasis as a casual where he learnt about our internship programme. While his work skills were being developed at Oasis, he decided to improve his matric results to push him into a higher category of learning. He achieved this by improving his maths literacy by a solid 12%. Ludwe has shown empathy to our disabled workers. He has pursued various applications for a few possible future career paths. (Ludwe’s mom collected his certificate)
Nazeefa Jaffer (Matric) Nazeefa did a Paediatric 1st Aid course and completed the theoretical part of Educare N4 and N5 before starting at Oasis. She is really keen to complete the 18-month practical. She is quiet and hardworking and has applied herself this year. Oasis is looking at the possibility of her doing her practical at the Oasis Day Centre. Nazeefa loves reading.
Zaido Moosa (Grade 11) Prior to joining the Oasis internship, Zaido assisted with teaching children at a primary school. She also did baking and cleaning work. She has completed several courses including a handyman/ maintenance course which she enjoyed and has already used in her own home. Zaido loves netball.
Lunga Mbeki (Matric) Prior to joining the Oasis internship Lunga attended a training academy for petrol pump attendants and did some part time work. Lunga’s dream has always been to work for the SA Police Services. To do so he needs a driver’s licence and will be using his year-end bonus to get himself up and driving! Lunga has worked consistently hard this year and he will be an asset to the Police Services. Lunga loves football.