Ray Afrika

“I could never have foreseen this when I was in
high school. The moment I got the chance to study, I saw all the doors
opening.”


Ray Afrika
 

Growing
up in Macassar (in Cape Town), Afrika’s career began in 2003 at the age of 16,
when he took a weekend job as a till packer at Checkers Somerset West. Here he
gained valuable knowledge and experience about the retail industry.  

After
hearing about and successfully applying to the 
Shoprite
Group’s bursary programme
, Afrika was able to study
towards a BTech in Retail Business Management at the Cape Peninsula University
of Technology (CPUT).

As
each bursary is linked to a work-back agreement, Afrika joined the Group as a
junior buyer after completing his studies, thereby successfully kickstarting
his career.

Afrika
has since been promoted to the position of general merchandise buyer, part of a
team responsible for the purchasing of non-grocery products for the Group. 

“Shoprite changed my personal and professional
life. I come from a background where times were tough, but I’ve had an
opportunity to improve my circumstances. I cannot recommend the Shoprite
bursary programme highly enough.”


Ray Afrika
 

With
58% of unemployed South Africans aged 15 – 34 and a shortage of funding for
many students in need, the Shoprite Group is searching for bright, hard-working
young people like Ray Afrika who need financial support in order to continue
their post-school education.

Apply
for a Shoprite bursary
 today or find out more
about one of its graduate programmes 
here.

Source: Shoprite Holdings