working for the unemployed

Port Shepstone – Meet the DreamTeam

amanda-manjwaAmanda Mbanjwa – Office Administrator

Amanda Mbanjwa was born in KwaZulu Natal and completed her Matric in 2007 at the age of 17. Thereafter she qualified in Human Resource Management at the Mangosuthu University of Technology .

Amanda has worked for the Department of Education, Parmalat and MGM Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Working in such diverse environments, meant she interacted with people from many different backgrounds.

“Losing my parents at the age of 5 meant that life was never going to be easy for me.  I had to stand up for myself from very young and decide what kind of life I wanted to live. Thanks to the love and support of family members, today I am a strong person and proud of what I have achieved. I have a very big heart for people and helping those who are in need.

Working for DreamWorker is my own dream come true. I’m passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and uplifting their spirits. DreamWorker is my home….. and where I want to be for a long, long time!”

rick-olivierRick Olivier – Project Manager/Part-time Office Manager

Rick Olivier was born and educated in Durban, where he matriculated.  At the age of 37 he continued his studies and qualified in Management at Technikon South Africa.

Rick worked for SAA , Technikon Witwatersrand and has been with Esayidi FET College for 10 years, as their Marketing Manager.

“Although not formally trained as a teacher, I have spent half of my working life as a trainer/lecturer, and the rest as a marketer or manager. I also ran my own business college for a few years.

I have a passion for people and the natural world. This has enabled me to live a full and interesting life. I have travelled extensively, both with my family and also with my students – when I was a tourism lecturer.  I believe all of us can and should, make a positive difference in this world.

DreamWorker has given me a new and practical way of influencing and improving the daily lives of others.”

emmanuel-bhenguEmmanuel Bhengu – Office Manager

Emmanuel was born and raised in KZN. Having completed his matric in 2007, he went on to study Economics and graduated with a BComm in 2011. He has worked as a Library Assistant, a part time Teacher and a Community Liaison Officer.

“All these jobs meant I had to interact with people from very different walks of life. I believe that this was fate in action…… preparing me for a bigger plan. And that bigger plan was for me to work for DreamWorker!

Since working for the organisation, I have grown from a person who sees unemployed people as a mere statistic, which is what we do as Economists. I now see each unemployed person as a unique human being and this process has connected me deeply to DreamWorker.  I am not just working a 9 to 5 job—I am changing people’s lives! Making a difference, no matter how small, is why I am here!”

Nomthandazo Thandie GcumeNomthandazo Gcume – Receptionist

Nomthandazo, or Thandie as she is known at DreamWorker, matriculated in the Eastern Cape, before continuing her studies in Port Shepstone (Esayidi TVET) where she obtained a Diploma in Public Management in 2013. She also obtained a Secretarial certificate which has been a wonderful tool to add to her skills set.

“I have learned a lot in life. When I lost my job in 2010 owing to the closure of the company, I was very stressed as I have a family to support, but the lesson was clear… “Life is not confirmed: it changes any time”. I kept looking for work and ended up at Esayidi TVET College as a part time Exam Assistant. That’s when I discovered the DreamWorker Work Link Centre on campus and wasted no time to register. To my delight, they were looking for an assistant….right place, right time for me!

Having been unemployed myself for some time, I can truly feel for a person who is battling to find work. I love being able to assist others. Being part of such an amazing organisation has really changed my life for the better. My dream is to change other people’s lives for the better too!”