It is with great pride and excitement that Progression names Zanele Malaka as April’s Butterfly of the Month. We congratulate Zanele not only on her title as BOM but also on her promotion and permanent employment as the Junior Quotes Administrator at Axim.
Zanele has successfully completed a number of qualifications, including a Business Administration learnership, End User Computing learnership and finally a Project Management learnership, which she completed with honours.
Her journey has not been an easy one as she fell pregnant whilst completing her End User Computing learnership. However, she did not let this hinder her progress and continued to attend classes, even while on maternity leave.
The importance of obtaining an education and shaping a successful future were the two motivating factors that helped Zanele to achieve her goals. Emphasising the importance of education, Zanele states, “Obtaining a qualification gives you the independence and confidence needed to excel”.
Her mentor, Patricia Van Beulen, an Accountant at Axim, believes that, “Zanele is definitely going places and is an example of hard work and determination making dreams possible.”
Helane Snyders, who interveiwed and appointed Zanele, shares Zanele’s exciting journey, “Zanele came for an interview in 2013 for a position in our programme for learners with disabilities. Although she was extremely nervous, she had an urgency to learn and to be given an opportunity to prove herself.
From day one, Zanele worked very hard and successfully completed her three learnerships, despite falling pregnant and having a baby in between. She started off in the Projects Department and then moved on to Quotes and Tenders, where she started filing. She soon became a valued member of the Quotes team, so much so, that when a position became available, she was the automatic choice.
I am truly honoured to have been part of the journey that this determined young woman has had to date and I hope to continue sharing in the good news about her success.”
Zanele would like to offer the following advice to other leaners: “You need to continuously remind yourself of the reasons why you started the learnership and where you would like to be in a few year’s time. You need to grab this opportunity with both hands because there are thousands of other people out there who would love this opportunity.”
The Progression team are honoured to have been a part of Zanele’s wonderful journey and wish her all the success in her new position.