iThuba Thrives In 2017

As we celebrate 40 years in the recruitment industry, we also celebrate our other great achievement – five years of our learner outreach programme, iThuba.

iThuba Thrives In 2017

What is iThuba all about?

Started in 2012 as part of our 35th anniversary celebrations, iThuba (meaning ‘opportunity’) is an empowerment programme for disadvantaged Grade 11 and 12 learners.  Run as a 3 hour training workshop, it aims to prepare them for the difficult job market that lies ahead.

The workshop covers various job seeker concerns, including where to look for work, how to respond to a job advert, how to draw up a CV, how to handle a job interview, and the value of temp work or job shadowing.  It also explores the importance of taking an active role in growing your career, and in the words of iThuba founder, Lee Botti, the programme encourages learners to grow themselves – “to become the best and once they’re the best, the doors will open.”

iThuba Thrives in 2017iThuba today and looking ahead

To date, over 5000 learners have experienced the iThuba programme.  With each workshop, we continue to be awed and inspired by the resilience and hope of these young South Africans.   Now in its fifth year, iThuba continues to change these young lives for the better.  The learners need the help and know-how of inspiring leaders and mentors, and iThuba is one such place for this to happen.

Want to see iThuba in action? 2017 has seen the making of our iThuba video – as seen below. We are very proud of the work we do at iThuba and the more we can spread our message, the happier we’ll be. You can also LIKE our FaceBook page to keep up to date with our latest school visits, photos, and news. Or plan a workshop visit – the doors at iThuba are always open to interested parties. Simply contact us on

iThuba Video

Want to lend a helping hand?

A very big thank you to our wonderful sponsors Iziko Museums, Now Media, Exporters Club Western Cape, and Contract Forwarding. We couldn’t run our workshops without your support! We would also like to thank the Lee Botti staff who form the proud core of the iThuba initiative and who work tirelessly to fund and promote it. The cost of running an iThuba workshop is high and, in order to grow this initiative, we need to obtain further sponsorships. We ask any individual or company wishing to get involved to contact our Director, Lee Botti, on for more information.

As we look ahead in this busy year, we wish all our iThuba learners opportunity, growth, and success. And we wish the same for iThuba, something that is close to all of our hearts!