Young, dynamic, confident and well-spoken. Sindile Mbele and Gadaffi Nkosi are two young students who are part of Musa Capital’s Emerging Business Leaders’ Internship Programme.
Sindile grew up in Bakubung, North West, as the youngest of four children. She was the first in her family to pass matric and attend university. Now in her third year as a BCom Finance student at the University of Johannesburg, she remembers how Musa Capital, through the Bakubung Economic Development Unit (BEDU) initiated extra classes for students on weekends and holidays.
Due to her strong academic performance in high school, Sindile received a full university scholarship (with extra tutoring included), courtesy of Musa Capital through one of its various interventions in the Bakubung community. She currently works at Musa Capital during school holidays as part of the company’s Emerging Business Leader Internship Programme. She attests to the positive changes in her life thanks to Musa Capital.
Musa Capital’s Emerging Business Leader Internship Programme, now in its fourth year, has made significant differences to the lives of many students. From December 2013, Musa Capital again took in 10 students through the programme. Some of the students in the programme form part of the Make A Difference Foundation (MAD), another partnership which Musa is involved with.
Another such student is Gadaffi, one of two children, who grew up in Mamelodi, Pretoria. Despite the numerous challenges that threatened his education and future, Gadaffi performed well in school. Due to his hard work and motivation to learn and excel, Gadaffi was offered a scholarship at the Piney Woods School in Jackson, Mississippi USA, to complete his last two years of high school.
While in the USA, the MAD Foundation offered him a bursary to study at a South African university on his return. “I graduated from Piney Woods in May 2010 and I wanted to study at what I believed to be the best institution in South Africa, for my chosen degree, Law. Mr Jimerson invited me to Musa Capital’s offices where I could use the internet and the phones to do my research while I waited for the new school year to commence.”
This became the genesis of Musa’s Emerging Business Leader Internship Programme, which has since been formalised, and proven to be invaluable to young students like Gadaffi and Sindile.
Musa’s Vice President and Head of the internship programme, Rebone Mabusela, speaks about Musa’s interns with fondness. Having walked the journey with the students and preparing to continue the journey with the new arrivals, Rebone says she is proud of the students’ progress. “We allocate them a mentor and oversee their progress every two or three weeks. Students get to work on actual projects; this makes them feel like they have direct input and helps them take ownership.”
Strong, articulate, go-getters. Life has changed its deck of cards for these young professionals, with a little help from Musa Capital.