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Mandela Day lives on with Brainstorm's Leaders of Tomorrow

To celebrate Mandela Day and in the spirit of making the world a better place, ITWeb Brainstorm is introducing a job-shadowing 'Leaders of Tomorrow' initiative.

Launching today on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn with the hashtag #BrainstormLOFT (Leaders of Tomorrow), the campaign is aimed at helping aspiring IT professionals and tech entrepreneurs who are looking for insight or experience into a career in ICT.

"We have lined up experienced and inspiring industry executives who have volunteered to give young students, graduates, IT professionals and entrepreneurs job shadowing opportunities," says Ranka Jovanovic, editorial director of ITWeb.

"It's one thing to have technical knowledge gained through education, but knowing what that translates to and where it will take you in the working world is quite another," she adds.

Among the volunteers who have agreed so far to give shadowing opportunities are:

* Alastair Waldeck, head of sales & marketing, Snode* Brandon Bekker, Managing Director, Mimecast* Ellen Fischat, Managing Director, Silicon Cape* Lee Naik, CEO, TransUnion Africa* Lorraine Steyn, founder of Khanyisa Real Systems* Moses Segaetsho, acting Deputy Business Executive, Auditor General of SA* Priscilla Kobe, senior manager, ICT Service Management, Auditor General of SA* Sandra La Bella, head of technology transformation & adoption and CTO, Barclays Africa* Tshifhiwa Ramuthaga, CIO, Barloworld Logistics|* Thagaran Govender, CIO, Mercantile Bank* Venisha Nayagar, Group Manager: IT Governance, Risk & Information Security, Sun International* Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, Group CEO of M&N Brands & Avatar360

#BrainstormLOFT applications

Leader volunteer

If you're an industry executive who's keen to make a difference and prepared to give a young IT hopeful the chance to shadow you at work for one, two or three days, please send an e-mail to [email protected] by 31 July 2017.

Let us know briefly what you do, the type and name of company you work for, where you're located and how many days you can show someone your working reality.

IT hopeful applicants

If you're a young IT professional, student or graduate (aged 18 and over) looking for insight or experience into a career in the IT industry, then please e-mail [email protected] by 31 July 2017.

Let us know briefly what your studies or qualifications are in, the types of job you want or type of company you want to work for, and where you're located.

Brainstorm and ITWeb will then match together suitable candidates and hosts. Together we can help nurture the future talent to push South Africa's IT industry forward.

* Please note, this is an experience and networking opportunity and no remuneration is involved.* Nelson Mandela Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It debuted on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.


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