Career case studies
Yvonne has a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering and joined Gibela in 2017 as an electronic repair and test expert. She has received intensive training at Villeurbanne in France on running operation diagnosis for electronic test benches, and on repairing PCBAs up to board level.
During her time with Gibela, Yvonne has helped to set up the temporary repair room, commission and install test benches, start repairs on electronic parts, run repair loops for electronic product repairs, and set up the electronics repair and production workshop for all electronic components, Shop 61. Her expertise means that she’s ideally suited to onboard training and support technicians and interns too.
Bongeka Kobese has a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering and her Honours in Technology Management. She joined Gibela in December 2015 as a methods engineer and, in March 2018, became a depot industrial manager.
Bongeka is responsible for leading all the planned maintenance executions, implementing continuous improvements for PRASA, supporting service execution system deployment by delivering all methods engineering-related tasks, offering industrial support for Cape Town mobilisation, and industrialising all depot activities. She also trains and coaches new interns.
Leanette is 30 years old and works in the warranty department as a maintenance technician. She graduated with an electrical engineering qualification in 2008 and feels blessed to have had the opportunity to experience Gibela’s overseas training programme.
She feels that the experience was incredible on both personal and professional levels, as it was her first time, both flying on an aircraft and going overseas. She says she gained an important understanding of the culture of Gibela’s majority shareholder, Alstom, and a practical understanding of the work she would be doing, by visiting Alstom’s various operations in France over a period of six months.
Leanette is especially proud, as she was the first woman to be hired by Gibela as a technician.
She has found a way to balance her work and family life with her husband, Lehlohonnolo, and baby daughter Lethabo, who is almost two years old. She wants other women Gibela employees to know that, even though the industry is still male-dominated, if one works hard and is dedicated, anything is possible.
Pholoso Kgasoane’s journey began in 2018. As an individual who was fresh from University and entering the work environment as an Intern in the Economic Development Department, he found it very accommodating, supportive and welcoming.
From the day he started working for GIBELA, his experience was never disarmed,there was so much to do and learn. The program has given him the confidence for the workplace, a sense of belonging and his team equipped him with the necessary and relevant skills. Gibela Transport Railway Consortium through the Internship programme gave him the opportunity to actively contribute to reshaping the South African subsequent growth in the transport Industry. It opened doors for him to understand the business and how it operates.
“It’s been great to be working with such a productive and effective team that was always willing to help, The team allowed me to contribute and working independently to intrigue my potential and ability” he added. With 12 months in the programme Gibela gave him a feel on how to work and communicate with other people. The company does embrace its values which are Trust and Respect, Focus and Drive, Teamwork and Partnership, Influence the future. The programme also provides one with a well training development plan, it goes from product awareness, train level to detailed subsystems awareness not forgetting the BB-BEE compliance regulations which plays a huge role in uplifting and developing the people of the nation.
The environment does not limit the graduate exposure to the outcomes set by the Economic Development department, there’s a multitude of learning opportunities available for graduates to capitalise in on the company. The Internship programme is ideal for candidates who aspire to own their careers, building relationships and optimising on learning opportunities. The Diversity of the Gibela workforce creates the opportunity for one to develop people skills and skill of building professional relationships.
With all being said, he’s glad to say the Internship programme was an eye opener for him. In 2019, he was absorbed from the Internship programme to a permanent position as ED Training Analyst which includes supporting the Organisation in providing reports for the customer, both internal and external, rolling out the Skills Development initiatives to employees and community in order to support the project deliverables.