Introduction to the SAWC’s Junior Leaders Programme

The SAWC has established a small internal committee of junior leaders that comprises six members, supported and encouraged by the CEO, Theresa Sowry. The purpose of the committee is to make the College a better place/environment to work in. 

Each member has a project to coordinate of which five have been approved by the SAWC’s management committee, following presentations made at the monthly Management Committee meetings, and one is still pending approval.  

As part of its internal leadership development programme, this forms an exciting part of the College’s growth as we continue to learn from our junior staff members and create a platform for them to be heard. It is important to encourage their participation by also enabling them to take the initiative. This can only lead to us achieving more as a training and skills development facility.  

The following are the members and the topic of their projects:

Michael Machavi – Maintenance Department  

Topic: The challenge of interaction between the SAWC’s various departments 

To help ensure a friendly and respectful working relationship between the SAWC’s junior and management staff.

Goodwill Seepane – Responsible Resource Management Department  

Topic: Healthy living lifestyle 

Bringing the SAWC staff together through healthy, fun activities. 

Amelia Makhubela – Hospitality/Reception 

Topic: Front-of-house – QR code feedback 

Improving our services by having easily accessible QR codes to facilitate feedback and information sharing.  

Malwandla Ngomane – Maintenance Department  

Topic: Staff development training 

Equipping the SAWC staff with relevant information about the College, not only for their own knowledge but which they can then also impart to visitors to the College. This links to Justine Maluleke’s project, with a digital “scrapbook” being prepared which includes all information on “Know your College” included in the Watering Hole, the College’s internal newsletter.

Sikheto Sibuyi – Hospitality Department

Topic: Vegetable gardens on site  

The utilization of tunnel methodology to grow vegetables and save on vegetable costs within the hospitality department. 

Justine Maluleke – Marketing, Fundraising and Media Relations Department 

Topic: Social Media Communication and access to Internal Communications  

Updating and sharing news with SAWC staff via social media platforms   

Ensuring that all staff, especially those that do not have access to a computer have access to the College’s campaigns, the Watering Hole – the College’s internal newsletter, the SAWC’s Annual Review and Prospectus as well as to policies and procedures etc. This is being supported by the IT department who have set up additional desktops in the resource centre to facilitate this initiative, with the resource centre providing basic computer training.