PRETORIA – 28th October, 2015 – A South African based infrastructure development company has offered six internship openings to Zambian mechanical and civil engineers.
The six candidates, whose engagement would be coordinated through the Zambian Mission in Pretoria and Ministry of Works and Supply, are expected to start their programme in November running through to February, 2016.
Ubun2 Group of Companies of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa has offered to take up all expenses for the six.
This was agreed on when Ubun2 Group of Companies directors, Apostle Emmanuel Nkhoma, Mr. Troy Naicker and Mr. Thilegran Govender paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s High Commissioner- Designate to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba at his office in Pretoria.
Ubun2 Group of Companies plans to invest in Zambia by February 2016 and has targeted to recruit the same six Zambians who would have been trained from the company’s operations in South Africa. The six will later on be engaged in training other Zambians to be recruited by the company once it starts its operations in Zambia.
Mr. Mwamba said he was excited that the company had shown an interest in not only employing Zambians but also empowering them with skills which they would be able to use anywhere else. He said Zambia was experiencing high unemployment levels and that any efforts aimed at contributing to descent job creation were welcome in Zambia.
“Our duty is to invite all those that can make a positive contribution to Zambia in various areas such as job creation. In fact your line of business falls within what government is currently focusing on as you might know that the entire country has now turned into a construction site,” Mr. Mwamba said.
He said the six candidates for internship with Ubun2 Group of Companies will be selected on merit and in a transparent manner.
Mr. Mwamba encouraged the company to quicken their registration process with the Zambian authorities pointing out that “if there is any better time to be in Zambia, it is now.”
Earlier, Apostle Nkhoma explained that Ubun2 Group of Companies’ core business was infrastructure development and rehabilitation which covered road construction, buildings development, stone processing and industrial plant hire.
Apostle Nkhoma said his company wanted to contribute to Zambia’s employment creation efforts as well as skills development hence the offer of the six internship opportunities to Zambian youths.
“As we prepare to move into Zambia, our plan is to get the right people, particularly recent graduates in the field of mechanical and civil engineering and train them on the equipment from here. These will be the same people to run that equipment once we have set up our investment in Zambia,” Apostle Nkhoma said.
“We wish to take up work and invest in Zambia and be part of developing the road construction, infrastructure development and other sectors like the mining industry where our expertise can be of good use,” he added.
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