We – the interns of SANGOCO – would like to introduce our work and ourselves to the readers of this blog.

Thanks to the generous donation of the Eskom Foundation the South African NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) was able to employ six young interns for the year 2006.

The six interns came form different skills and academic/working backgrounds:

Jacobeth Makhubele is doing her honours in Media Studies at the University of Witwatersrand.

Muelelwa Khosa has accomplished her Bachelor Studies in International Relations and Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2005.

Simon Schaefer has accomplished his Bachelor Studies in African Development in Geography and Economics at the University of Bayreuth (Germany) in 2005.

Mohammed Ziyaad is doing his Bachelor Studies in International Relations and Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Theenegran Chetty is currently completing his degree in Computer Studies through UNISA. Previously, he worked as a network/IT technician for Sun-International (Carousel Casino).

Marius Kotze was a fulltime worker in Layout and Design before he joined SANGOCO.

For further information view our profiles on the blog, which will be uploaded soon.

Collectively, we are assigned to track down the historical and institutional mandate of the coalition by doing research, collect and distribute relevant information on SANGOCO’s core activities and campaigns.

Further, we assist our Manager Hassen Lorgat and SANGOCO’s Executive Director Zanele Twala.

Thanks to the Eskom Foundation that made it possible for us (interns) to be part of the Coalition, at the same time being trained in the NGO sector fighting against poverty and inequality to make South Africa a better place.


When I met Tim Modise

On Wednesday the 25 April I had the great opportunity to meet Radio and TV presenter Tim Modise at MC Weiller School in East Bank. It was the first time I met Mr. Modise. During the GCE Action Week he was invited to teach a group of ca. 50 learners about the importance of education. Before he went to the classroom he told Hassen Lorgat (Manager of Campaigns and Communication at SANGOCO), Flaki Ramothata (the principle of the school) and me (intern at SANGOCO) “the most important thing for me going back to school is to make the kids happy” and “I really want them to have fun”.

When Tim Modise entered the classroom the kids were very excited. When Tim Modise asked the learners: “Do you know who I am?” all the learners shouted: “You are Tim Modise form TV!”

After the learners and the teacher welcomed him, Tim Modise started to teach about the importance of education. He explained why it is important to go to school and do homework and to be serious about school. Good education is the most powerful tool to fight poverty and inequality.

At the beginning the learners were a little bit shy, but I think that is normal when you kids meet a celebrity they only know from TV.

After a short while the kids broke with their resistance and a good dialogue developed.
Tim Modise taught for about 2 hours.

After the lesson Tim Modise, Hassen Lorgat, and I met with Flaki Ramothata. She told us that she was so grateful and felt really honoured that Tim Modise came to MC Weiller School.
“It is so crucial that the kids see role models coming to them. They really look up to you, Mr. Modise! We would love to have something like this more often,” Flaki said.
Tim Modise, Hassen Lorgat and the principle agreed that they would try to keep the idea and campaign alive.

My personal opinion about Tim Modise’s day at school is:
Tim Modise is a very nice guy, who is really down to earth and does care about the children in South Africa. I feel honoured that I had the opportunity to meet him.

by Simon Schaefer