This month, we share the inspiring story of Alex-born and bred Busisiwe Gwebu – an Ignition student since 2017 who is passionate about making her mark in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management industry.

Growing up and dreaming about what she would be when she was older, Busi says she was intrigued by the comings and goings of all the trucks on the road.

“I began to wonder, ‘who is in charge of the trucks and movement of all the goods we have? And how does it happen that I can receive something I ordered in the States delivered to my doorstep?” she says.

As a result, she went on to obtain a qualification in Logistics and Supply Chain Management through the Open Learning Group in 2020 and, through the Ignition programme, was able to job shadow at various logistics companies to gain experience during her studies. During her studies, she was mentored throughout by an Ignition mentor, and was also able to attend the Ignition workshops that help to prepare students for life and work after their studies have been completed.

After months of job searching, Busi was introduced to international logistics company Kuehne + Nagel – a partner of Rays of Hope, and encouraged to send through her CV.

“In May, I got an email telling me I have an interview, and after a week I got a call from the logistics company telling me I have been selected to start my logistics learnership on 1 June.”

Busi’s will spend a year being mentored with Kuehne + Nagel, and learning the ins and outs of the industry and business.

“So far, it’s challenging, but it’s a good challenge because I am implementing my theory from school into the workplace, and also learning how they operate as a business,” she says. “At the moment, I’m pushing to be the A student so that at the end I’ll be selected for a permanent position.”