Beating the odds

5 Aug,2016Profiles

“I took a risk when I went to the recruitment process, despite being an epileptic sufferer, and I passed all the fitness tests and got the job. I initially didn’t disclose that I was epileptic because I was scared I might be excluded from the recruitment,” says Isaac Mahlangu, who works as a Store Person for the Roodeplaat Team.

‘‘I travelled close to 200 km from Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga to be recruited at Roodeplaat. I needed this job,’’ he says, remarking that job opportunities in the rural areas were so scarce he was forced to depend on his grandmother’s old age pension grant. He says that he only disclosed his sickness before going for medical assessments.

He was then offered a position of a Store Person.

‘‘Now I am proud that I can make a living for myself. I can now buy things I need without asking for my granny’s assistance and I am also able to help my grandmother financially,’’ Mahlangu says.