As 2018 rolls along, a year of significant highs for the organisation. It is difficult not to find yourself getting caught up in the high-tide of expectations for the year 2019. It is through the significant milestones achieved by the organisation this year, which sought to reaffirm CDC`s position as a leading SEZ in Africa.
This year the country has experienced severe uproars, particularly around the aspect of achieving a significant reduction in the rate of unemployment (especially for the Eastern Cape region). The CDC however, has attempted to settle the unrest through achieving 100 000 job mark (since inception). Such strides by the organisation have since opened opportunities for indigenously crafted initiatives to benefit from such efforts, giving hope to the youth of the Eastern Cape.
“Achieving hope for the youth of our region speaks to a sustainable economy, and that is what we as CDC strive for, to enable our economy to resist any threats as well as to be strong enough to compete with other economies,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC Head of Marketing, Brand and Communications expressed.
Beam of hope for a bright future within the organisation lies with the young, vibrant and creative individuals who also happen to be directly involved in the implementation of the Alumni programme. Included in the implementation of the programme, is the establishment of an Alumni Portal that seeks to display the progress taken by various interns, both current and former, in their professional careers. “The portal ensures that our interns remain connected with the CDC & with each other and affords a vehicle for significant benefits to be realised by either party through opening doors, finding new jobs, and/or business opportunities and as well as to help discover new prospects for business development and talent acquisition,” adds Dr Vilakazi
As part of programme, plans are afoot to complement it by reunion event, were former CDC interns will be invited to be part of. “This will not only add a breeze of freshness to the initiative but will also unlock possibilities for the existing group of interns, to boost morale and expand their pool of innovative ideas,” explains Dr Vilakazi.
“This is not only a creative but a benefiting initiative which speaks to creating decent work and other economic and social benefits in the region, including the broadening of economic participation by promoting SMMEs and co-operatives, and promoting skills and technology transfer,” concluded Dr Vilakazi.