Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Lebohang Mathola-Ndlovu
E-mail: powerj@pghumanities.wits.ac.za
Cell: + 27 82 573 0979 or Office: + 27 11 717 4041

CAREER OBJECTIVES
My objective is to play a pivotal role, using my leadership, communication and other skills, within government or non-governmental organisational structures in the redevelopment of the African continent.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
April 2005: World of Work Training Programme, Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
2003- 2004: Degree of Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Political Science
Honours thesis title: “DRC Peacekeeping: South Africa’s role”
Special achievements and Honours:
A Member of the uBuntu society for Political Science students.
1996-2000: Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand
Subject majors: Political Science and International Relations.
Other courses: Philosophy and African literature.
Special achievements and Honours:
Gender Officer: Art Student Council
Member of the Graduate Lodge House Committee

1994: Matric at Nkhobiso Senior Secondary School, (Qwa Qwa, Free State)
Special achievements and Honours:
Class Representative






VOLUNTARY WORK

1. DIDIMA CURIO SHOP, from September to December 2005, Staff reliever.
Tasks and responsibilities:
I was doing general shop duties that included processing invoices, making orders, receiving stock and cashing up.

2. Wits law clinic, 1999-2000, filing clerk.
Tasks and responsibilities:
I was responsible for filing, photocopying and faxing confidential documents. I also worked as a receptionist.

3. rag (remember and give), 1999-2000, committee member.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Helped the committee members with the organisation of different events that were meant to raise funds for charity.

4. Wits parternship programme, 1997-1998, filing clerk.
Tasks and responsibilities:
I filed, photocopied, and faxed the documents relating to the twenty Soweto High Schools that were under the programme.

SKILLS
q Interpersonal Skills
q Verbal and written communication skills
q Attaining objectives through team work processes
q Writing reports
q Working under pressure and for long hours
q Presentation skills
q Organisational skills

INTERESTS
reading: Reading is informative and helps me keep abreast with the politics of the country and the globe. I also have a great interest in watching television news. In addition to reading, I like interacting with people of different backgrounds as this enables me to look at the work from different perspectives.
sport: I regularly participate in sport to develop physical strength, and other necessary skills, such as conflict management and leadership.

REFEREES

Mrs. Jean Power
Coordinator – Graduate Internship Programme
University of the Witwatersrand
082 823 1293
011 717 4041
powerj@pghumanities.wits.ac.za

Mrs. Alison Jones
Lecturer: Political Science Department
University of KwaZulu-Natal
033 260 5111
jonesA@ukzn.ac.za

Ms. Debbie Turrel
Lecturer: English Department
University of KwaZulu-Natal
033 260 5111
TurrellD@ukzn.ac.za

Lebohang's CV

Lebohang Mathola-Ndlovu

CAREER OBJECTIVES
My objective is to play a pivotal role, using my leadership, communication and other skills, within government or non-governmental organisational structures in the redevelopment of the African continent.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
April 2005: World of Work Training Programme, Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
2003- 2004: Degree of Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Political Science
Honours thesis title: “DRC Peacekeeping: South Africa’s role”
Special achievements and Honours:
A Member of the uBuntu society for Political Science students.
1996-2000: Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand
Subject majors: Political Science and International Relations.
Other courses: Philosophy and African literature.
Special achievements and Honours:
Gender Officer: Art Student Council
Member of the Graduate Lodge House Committee

1994: Matric at Nkhobiso Senior Secondary School, (Qwa Qwa, Free State)
Special achievements and Honours:
Class Representative

VOLUNTARY WORK

1. DIDIMA CURIO SHOP, from September to December 2005, Staff reliever.
Tasks and responsibilities:
I was doing general shop duties that included processing invoices, making orders, receiving stock and cashing up.

2. Wits law clinic, 1999-2000, filing clerk.
Tasks and responsibilities:
I was responsible for filing, photocopying and faxing confidential documents. I also worked as a receptionist.

3. rag (remember and give), 1999-2000, committee member.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Helped the committee members with the organisation of different events that were meant to raise funds for charity.

4. Wits parternship programme, 1997-1998, filing clerk.
Tasks and responsibilities:
I filed, photocopied, and faxed the documents relating to the twenty Soweto High Schools that were under the programme.

SKILLS
q Interpersonal Skills
q Verbal and written communication skills
q Attaining objectives through team work processes
q Writing reports
q Working under pressure and for long hours
q Presentation skills
q Organisational skills

INTERESTS
reading: Reading is informative and helps me keep abreast with the politics of the country and the globe. I also have a great interest in watching television news. In addition to reading, I like interacting with people of different backgrounds as this enables me to look at the work from different perspectives.
sport: I regularly participate in sport to develop physical strength, and other necessary skills, such as conflict management and leadership.

REFEREES

Mrs. Jean Power
Coordinator – Graduate Internship Programme
University of the Witwatersrand
082 823 1293
011 717 4041
powerj@pghumanities.wits.ac.za

Mrs. Alison Jones
Lecturer: Political Science Department
University of KwaZulu-Natal
033 260 5111
jonesA@ukzn.ac.za

Ms. Debbie Turrel
Lecturer: English Department
University of KwaZulu-Natal
033 260 5111
TurrellD@ukzn.ac.za

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Corporate Leadership

Corporate leadership has become an important concept in the business world, the world in which only the strongest survive. Companies that lack corporate leadership get left behind. According to Kuseni Dlamini, most of South African companies are left behind because they lack corporate leadership. The leader needs to be competitive and have leadership qualities. The assumption of leadership today is not only based on long term service, patriotism and qualifications, but also on the level of emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence measures how sensitive are you to others, how adept are you at interpersonal skills, how competent are you at handling crises and conflicts and how resilient you are. Leadership requires strong character, being a role model, commitment, sincerity, being comfortable with the paradox of consistency and flexibility, valuing different cultures, being both firm and fair, knowing how to use influence and handling power wisely http://www.dictum.co.za/.

For those companies that are behind because of leadership, the solution would be to train their leaders to be competent in the corporate world. They should look out for leadership forums but again it is up to leaders to adapt to change and new demands that accompany it. They have to remember the performance of the company is based on their leadership strategy.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Impact of HIV/AIDS on development

Although HIV/AIDS is a medical problem, it also has important socio-economic dimensions, which cannot be addressed through medical interventions alone. The disease negatively impacts on the current and future potential for development through eroding human resources and social capital. We cannot realise development with the reduction of labour supply and productivity, injecting money into projects and support groups dealing with pandemic and provide shelter, clothing and food for the orphans of the pandemic. Poor people have to use up their savings and liquidate their already meagre assets in order to care for their sick while supporting themselves and their families.
Education plays important role in preventing HIV/AIDS. It helps prevent new infections, improve quality of life for people living with HIV and reduce stigma and discrimination attached to disease. I know advocates of the disease have been encouraging people to abstain and use the condoms but some people are still ignorant. Everybody should take part in this, starting with the parents at home, teachers at schools and health workers and employers at the workplace to list the few. Churches and societies can also play big role.
We need not loose hope but continue encouraging a healthy life style and we may see good results in the future. With continued efforts and people realising the effects of the disease more people will take responsibility and avoid contracting disease. Governments, NGO’s, Companies and business people need to increase their spending to combat the spread of disease, provide treatment for those infected and care for HIV orphans. There is also a need for more home-based care givers and support groups.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Poverty alleviation

Poverty is at the heart of Africa's problems. The poor in Africa are those who have inadequate access to income, resources and services and are unable to do certain tasks that are essential for fulfilling one’s human potential and carrying out one’s social responsibilities.
Most African nations suffer from corruption, human rights violations, civil unrest and war and. Adding to these problems is forced migrations and HIV/AIDS pandemic depriving human beings of achieving the kind of life they deserve and desire.
To alleviate poverty in Africa we have to start with rural communities where there are no job opportunities. Poverty alleviation agencies to come up with local solutions to local problems. Development initiatives must give people the freedom to access and exercise sustainable socio-economic possibilities through education and skills development. In my view, the Independent Development Trust (IDT) has done good job on this aspect in South Africa by recognising the need to include people in the poverty eradication process. A core pillar of the IDT work is the belief that the wisdom, expertise and aspirations that communities possess are important guides in the journey to eradicate poverty. Their projects have been successful because they implement, monitor and follow up on progress made to ensure sustainability. Other poverty alleviation agencies should also seek to include the communities instead of injecting funds without any objective.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Professionalism

At the beginning of the session Tracey Rowe asked the trainees to introduce themselves and I was wondering why we had to tell our life stories. It was then that we realized after being together as a team for three weeks we did not know one another that much and this is unprofessional. The problem is society does not emphasize the importance of professionalism.

How you look, talk, write, act and work determine whether you are a professional or not. One should be flexible and learn new things, the culture, structure, people, rules and systems of the company to mention a few.

A professional seeks to add value and bring new ideas to the company, command respect, respect everyone in the company irrespective of their positions. Learn to fit in and build relationships. There will be a lot of expectations from colleagues, some will even try to intimidate you but be resilient. Do not try to be somebody else but keep your personality because that is what makes you special. Learn from the failures and see them as investment but avoid repeating same mistakes.

From what I experienced while doing voluntary jobs, some people are not professional and I wish the culture of professionalism could be instilled in every work environment. Some seniors undermine their juniors. The receptionists and the cleaners do not get the respect they deserve because they perform menial jobs. Professionalism should not be about the certificates but come from within the individual. This way everyone will feel comfortable, be able to interact with everyone and thus become productive. Anything you do, do it as a professional to professional standards and be humble at all times.