Mamelodi Sundowns launched their first ever, “Live Limitless Internship Program” as a part of addressing the youth unemployment in South Africa.
Masandawana are known for being pioneers in the football industry, having recently launched their digital magazine and Sundowns Stories to celebrate past, present and future athletes at their club. The treble winning champions have proven to be more than just a football club, this time around they are looking to empower the youth with an opportunity to gain priceless work experience and unique skills behind the scenes at the home of the champions.
“The youth unemployment problem that we are facing in this country is not a problem that our government can solve alone, it’s not a problem that the private sector must solve alone as well and it’s certainly not a problem that our young people need to deal with on their own.” Masandawana Chairman, Tlhopie Motsepe affirmed.
“As a football club there is only so much that we can do, and we want to do something and that’s why we’ve opened our gates at Chloorkop to young people so that we can help overcome one of the challenges that young people face when they go looking for a job, which is a lack of experience. We are giving five interns the opportunity to work in different divisions in our football club for five months – from the start of the Premier Soccer League season all the way up until December.”
As part of The Brazilians Youth Day initiative this year, pupils between the ages of 18 – 34 will enjoy the privileges of working with South Africa’s number one football club in the different sections of the club and gain working experience in their careers. Downs Chairman outlined the positions that have been made available to the aspiring interns:
“The positions that we are allowing young people to apply for are as follows: A photographer, a video editor, a journalist, a marketing and supporter’s co-ordinator activation person and finally we are going to have someone operating on TikTok. These are the opportunities that we want to give to these young people in our football club.”
“The youth unemployment problem is a problem that faces all of South Africa and therefore it is a duty for all of us to find a way to help. Our football club wants to play that role, we want to find a way to assist and help these young people get the experience and get a leg-up and hopefully get the chance to get a job.”
Interested candidates are encouraged to visit Downs official website www.sundownsfc.co.za to register their details and choice of position they would like to apply for.