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Mariswe HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Excel) was conceived in 2014 as a platform to give young professionals within the firm a voice and to help them develop professionally and personally.

Each of the company’s four regions in South Africa has elected office bearers who come together in a national executive committee. As UWP rebrands to “Mariswe” this year, HYPE will continue its mandate to serve and benefit young professionals (YPs) and the firm, and to help build communities around the country.

Our YPs are actively and enthusiastically involved in Mariswe’s mission to rebrand as a relevant contemporary South African consulting firm.

HYPE members have continued to lead by example in outreach activities such as Mandela Day, the CESA Job Shadow, career fairs and talks at schools, as well as the NURTURE A GIRL initiative.

The organisation has just announced its third executive com-mittee, which will serve a two-year term led by new National Chairperson Ntsako Masangu. Mariswe’s YPs have taken a stand against gender inequality within the industry and more than half of the new HYPE regional chairs and vice chairs are women.
Here are just a few of the initiatives undertaken by HYPE across Mariswe’s regional offices in 2018:

Uthando Centre
On Mandela Day, 18 July 2018, Mariswe Bryanston’s YPs delivered a bakkie-load of vegetables to the Uthando Centre in central Johannesburg and spent the day interacting with learners and providing insight to the civil engineering profession. Uthando has four divisions focusing on Early Childhood development; Child and Youth Development; Youth Skills and Development and Placement; and Careers.

Quiz evening
On 6 September, the Bryanston HYPE members proudly hosted the annual CESA Young Professionals Forum (YPF) Quiz Night at the Bryanston Country Club. This event is hosted annually by Mariswe in conjunction with the CESA South Gauteng YPF and provides an excellent way for YPs across the industry to network in a fun environment. The event was launched with a speech by Mariswe Director Sechaba Kou on the role of women in engineering.

Blanket drive
The firm donated R7 650 towards the purchase of blankets for Sir Alfred Health and Elderly Care in Midrand and this was supplemented by staff donations. On 30 July HYPE representatives visited the organisation, which aims to improve quality of life for the elderly in disadvantaged communities.

Western Cape
Newly elected Western Cape HYPE Chairperson Salegha Parker reports that Mariswe currently has 16 YPs based in Cape Town. In February 2018 they participated in the annual CESA YP Volleyball Tournament in Camps Bay and on Mandela Day they made and distributed sandwiches to people in need.

YP Valencia de Koker took on the challenge of involving the entire office in Sunflower Day on 21 September, which used the theme “There is a hero in all of us” to rally support for people with life-threatening blood diseases like leukaemia.