Ded­i­ca­tion pays off


LIFE is look­ing good for a for­mer se­cu­rity guard, who is now em­ployed as a man­ager at the Ko­mani Re­sort.

Akhona Skade failed ma­tric in 2009 and had no thoughts of be­com­ing a man­ager when he started work­ing as a se­cu­rity guard in 2013.

“Af­ter I failed ma­tric I went back and passed ma­tric in 2010. I was hurt, but I looked ahead. I never thought I would man­age this place but it has hap­pened.”

Skade was raised by his mother with his two sis­ters in Dongwe, out­side Whit­tle­sea.

’’I grew up like any other child. I had goals but due to fi­nan­cial prob­lems I could not achieve them. I wanted to be a doc­tor and man­age­ment was my sec­ond op­tion. I looked at the cir­cum­stances and saw that my mother was the only bread­win­ner at home so I had to man up and find a job.”

He en­rolled for a se­cu­rity train­ing course in 2011.

“I did se­cu­rity cour­ses for two years and used to take pho­tos of peo­ple and print them to pay for the cour­ses. It was a good feel­ing to be able to have a fixed salary and to be able to have a bud­get.”

Af­ter work­ing as a se­cu­rity guard at the ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ment based in Eb­den Street, his hard work re­sulted in him be­ing pro­moted to the po­si­tion of a sec­re­tary in April last year be­fore be­ing ap­pointed as a man­ager in Septem­ber.

To­day the 29-year-old leads a team of eight peo­ple.

“Be­ing a man­ager re­quires a lot of en­ergy and you need to stay fo­cused. If you are pas­sion­ate about your job, give it your all. I am grate­ful to the owner of Ko­mani Re­sort, Mku­l­uli Pakade, who saw po­ten­tial when I ap­plied for the po­si­tion.”

He said young peo­ple needed to have self-re­spect to ac­com­plish their dreams.

“Hav­ing a vi­sion is a form of self re­spect. Many young peo­ple are ad­dicted to some il­le­gal sub­stances but I told my­self that I wanted to achieve some­thing in life.”

Head of ad­min­is­tra­tion at Khula In­vest­ment Group, which over­sees the Ko­mani re­sort, Anele Ma­tota, said Skade was an ex­am­ple to many young peo­ple.

“He shows will­ing­ness to learn and is con­stantly try­ing to im­prove. He does not take crit­i­cism per­son­ally. He is a go-get­ter.”


MOV­ING UP: Akhona Skade sits in one of the rooms at the Ko­mani re­sort

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