“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
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.
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).
each bursary is linked to a work-back agreement, Afrika joined the Group as a
junior buyer after completing his studies, thereby successfully kickstarting
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.”
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.
Source: Shoprite Holdings