My first day at my host organization started at 8h00 am. I was not sure about the dress code. To be on the safe side, I went for formal outfit.
There were ten of us – three males, myself included and seven females. During the gathering of the ten interns a human resource manager, Mr Alfred Tau, gave a presentation about the organization and the code of conduct, among other things. He highlighted that systems in the public sector are the same. That is, it does not really make any difference whether you are in the Health Department or the Department of Housing, procedures in the public sector are similar. He went on to mention that in the event of dismissal on grounds of misconduct it will be impossible to find employment in the public sector as all details about each government employee is kept in a single data base. Alas!
Then came, Terrence and Poppy, human resource representatives who grouped us according to our respective expertise and later on sent us to different Directorates. I was sent to a unit called Governance, Policy and Research which falls under Intergovernmental Relations (IGR)
Mankwe and I were the only two interns in the IGR unit. Upon our arrival work stations were already in place. Moreover, we had already been allocated a mentor, Mr Johan Beukman. Mr J. Beukman is a manager in the unit. At 4h30 pm we knocked off.
After work I went straight to bed as I was not feeling well. I had contracted flue – both my nostrils were blocked. But before I succumb to bed I took some medication.