WITH THE Women’s Month (August) kicking-in Sasol and SAFA have launched an initiative targeted specifically to women involved in football.
It is sponsored by leading oil and fuel company Sasol- that also sponsors the women’s national team and Sasol Womens League, respectively.
Jermaine Seoposengwe and Bontle Mashilo, were singled out for their tenacity and will to do.
The Limitless internship programme forms part of the #Limitless initiative launched by Sasol and SAFA in May this year. 2018.
Through this programme, football players are given an opportunity to tap into the working environment and become skilled in other areas, offering them a chance to acquire skills that will help them in the workplace.
From the Western Cape, Seoposengwe began her football journey by solely playing with boys. Jermaine has been part of the national team for eight years.
Among her achievements was her scholarship to go study at Samford University in the United States, landing her a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing. While she was in the States, Jermaine also became part of the Samford University ladies football club.
When asked how she felt about being part on the Limitless internship programme, Jermaine said, “I was thrilled to hear that I will be a part of such an amazing programme.
I don’t think a programme like this exists elsewhere and it will truly give me an opportunity to be Limitless. I’ve always wanted some great job experience as I eventually want to become a marketing director of a fashion retail store, so learning from the best in the industry was a no brainer. This was definitely an opportunity I could not pass.
Most people only see me as a footballer, but this internship will help me create a life outside of the game and give me a solid foundation for when I eventually hang up my football boots,” says the Banyana striker.
Midfielder, Bontle has been in the national team for three years and was mainly inspired by her uncle who was arguably one of the best footballers in Ga-Rankuwa.
Two years after matriculating, she received a bursary to study at the Tshwane University of Technology where she also joined the TUT Ladies football club.
She has a BTech Degree in Sport Management and is currently studying for her MTech in Organisational Leadership.
In addition to her achievements, Bontle was also named 2018 player of the year, at the Girls Cup tournament in Spain.
“I was happy to find out that I’ll be part of the Limitless internship programme. I couldn’t wait to meet the people I’d be working with. I think that #Limitless is a great initiative and since its launch I’ve always wanted to be part of it to inspire other women in football. I’m excited to learn from the best and also contribute in any way that I can. Thank you to Sasol, SAFA and Levergy for affording me this great opportunity,” Bontle added.
The programme will run from July 2018 to June 2019.
“We are excited to launch the #Limitless internship programme. As a proud sponsor of Banyana Banyana and Sasol Women’s League, we are pleased to have Jermaine and Bontle taking part in the programme.
Our aim is to make sure that the players are well equipped and provided a platform to pursue Limitless opportunities. We believe that the way this programme is designed will provide a great experience for them, hopefully they see it as an opportunity to learn and grow.
We would like to thank our partner SAFA for working together with us in making this programme possible,” quipped Sasol’s Group Brand Marketing Manager Nozipho Mbatha.