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On Wednesday 1 July, Vodacom announced its fifth intake of the Change the World volunteers. These dedicated individuals have given up their daily jobs for a year to help make a difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans.
Through this initiative Vodacom aims to use the skills of trained South African individuals for a greater good, putting their talents to work with a non-profit organisation (NPO) of their choice for a year – while still getting paid a salary.
This year, Vodacom has selected 21 volunteers after receiving an overwhelming 7 500 applications for the programme.
The initiative highlights the importance of partnerships between the private sector and NPOs in the pursuit of the common goal of building a better life for all and Vodacom is committed to making an impact. Group Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs Maya Makanjee says: 'While non-profit organisations rely heavily on cash donations and corporate funding to fulfil their mandates, we know that the introduction of skills development through the Vodacom Change the World programme can make a lasting difference in assisting NPOs to achieve their goals in society.'
Through this programme, Vodacom seeks to contribute towards skills development in the NPOs and help create a culture of volunteering. By paying for the services of skilled volunteers with a passion to work for a good cause, the programme provides much needed assistance and expertise to these NPOs.
You can keep up with the incredible work the volunteers will be doing by visiting the Vodacom Change the World website.