15 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Ramotshere Moiloa opens doors for interns 

by: Dirontsho Sebego and Refilwe Mooketsi   date: 22 july 2018

It is every young person’s desire to find employment after completing tertiary education studies, and not being able to find employment can at times drive one over the edge. 

In a bid to minimize the unemployment rate, the Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality saw it befitting to award 10 youth the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of finance through an internship programme called Municipal Finance Management Internship Programme (MFMIP). 

The MFMIP was introduced to assist municipalities to increase their capacity to implement municipal finance reforms embodied in the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA). 

The programme seeks to assist municipalities to develop knowledge and skills of interns employed under the programme in areas such as strategic planning and management, municipal budgeting and finance management. 
 
It is an organized professional training and work experience programme aimed at providing high quality training and practical exposure in all aspects of municipal finance management. 

The MFMIP is designed to provide graduates in the fields of Accounting, Economics and Finance with a logical training sequence founded on the knowledge competencies they acquired as graduates. It is envisaged that through workplace rotation, there would be interaction and mentoring by Chief Financial Officer, Municipal Manager, directors, international advisors and other municipal officials.

Appointed interns will be enrolled on the programme for not more than 24 months. After completion of their workplace skills programme, the municipality should continue with the programme by offering others similar opportunities. 

“I would like to applaud interns who have been awarded the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills and experience. I wish them luck and encourage them to acquire as much knowledge as they can. However, they should note that the programme is fixed for two years. 

“Once they have completed the term of the programme, they can only be given the opportunity to apply for any positions that might be available within the municipality or be able to apply to any institution that might have vacant positions in related fields,” said Ramotshere Moiloa Mayor, Kereng Mothoagae.

In welcoming the opportunity, Tsholofelo Keoagile, who holds a National Diploma in Internal Auditing, said she was delighted to be part of the programme because it was her first exposure to government environment. 

“I was ecstatic when I heard the news that I made it. I hope that through this programme I will be able to put into practice what I learnt from tertiary and thank the municipality for awarding us the opportunity to gain experience. 

“This will also add to my experience because I used to volunteer in different accounting firms and have been struggling to find employment ever since. Indeed, the youth are being recognized since the opportunity came at the right time during the Youth Month,” said a joyful Keoagile.