[a brief insight into the experiences of one of our new interns, Kamogelo Maja]
We arrived in Cape Town on Sunday evening, after missing our earlier flight from Johannesburg. My colleague and I were exhausted, but relieved that we had finally made it to the iWeek venue.
As this was my first trip to the Mother City my first impression inadvertently, and perhaps expectedly, focussed on the weather. It was drizzling and a bit cold and the first thing that came to mind is ” I hope this weather will not be like this the whole week’’. I wanted to make my first trip to Cape Town as memorable as possible and I was eager meet some of South Africa’s Internet industry players at the iWeek conference and to explore what this beautiful city had to offer. That said, I was also extremely grateful for the rain, which has been in short supply in the Western Cape for the past few years.
As an added bonus, the hotel we stayed in (Harbour Bridge Hotel) was amazing and I had my own private patio with a beautiful view of Table Mountain. And yes, the weather did improve to reveal the splendor of one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
The next morning we are headed down to The Westin, which is about a 500m walk. The place is buzzing with IT professionals and techies from all over the continent… all of us gathered to explore ways of expanding and developing the African Internet space.
As an intern myself, one of the most exciting things I looked forward to was meeting some of the former DNS Africa interns who were originally based at our Stellenbosch satellite office. They had been with the company for almost 2-years and I wanted to chat with them to find out what they had been up to since leaving the company.
I met with Oarabile Mudongo and before we could go deeper into our conversation, it became apparent that he is a busy man. His phone didn’t stop ringing and he seemed to know everyone at the conference. I was intrigued and looked forward to delving deeper into his current plans and commitments.
He is a Computer Science graduate from Teesside University and majored in Business Informatics. He tells me during his internship, they were a group of four interns and all specialized in different areas because of their diverse career backgrounds and skill sets. Ultimately, the internship scope was to focus on a new end-user orientated platform, known as TopDog. This was a brand new user interface that DNS Africa was looking to add to their existing product and service offering.
”When I got to DNS Africa I didn’t know what to expect. I had just finished my internship with a company in the USA and had gotten back to my home in Botswana. I remember thinking ”what now?”, I have always wanted to move to S.A and stay in Cape Town, so when I received that call I didn’t hesitate”, he laughed.
Orabile has a technical background so he was given the responsibility of being the product lead and that is where he learnt how to manage a project and master his organizational skills.
”I have so much respect for the DNS Africa team. We worked closely with management and they were open to the ideas we brought to the table. As an intern that does not happen very often. You expect to follow others and do as you are told and that wasn’t the case with the DNS Africa team. The team is full of intellects and smart people that push you to be your best at all times. I have learned many things from them and to me that is a blessing”, he says.
He is currently pursuing his fellowship with the Mozilla foundation on open leadership and also finishing his other fellowship with The young academic scholars on communication and policy research, which is ending next month (August 2018). He is passionate about social innovation and anything that has to do with internet policy. He aspires to be a Business Analyst and focus on the sales and marketing side of it in the near future. DNS Africa is proud of you Oarabile, keep on doing the great work you are doing!
As a side note, I have been informed that DNS Africa is currently working with Orabile on a new pilot project for the Kenyan and Nigerian markets. Exciting times ahead!