Business Recommendations

“We are more than satisfied with the quality of their training services and methodologies, and they have exceeded output expectations for a second year in a row. I can highly recommend their services to any business.”

Riaan Roux, Business Development Consultant, Anana

“Feedback on Zanele and Angel: in short, these two ladies epitomise the goals and intent of the Academy. It has been a long time since I have engaged with a more enthusiastic, talented and professional pair of young ladies.  Their work ethic and attention to detail is fantastic, their presentation skills are better than many of my sales team and all of this with a humble and appreciative attitude.  It is really exciting to see how these young people have grown and matured into valuable and dependable individuals. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for positions in a sales role. I must commend you and your team for the Academy programme, the results are magnificent and Shoden (HDS), our clients as well as the interns have all benefited from your personal interest and passion.”

Ian Van Der Breggen, Regional Sales Manager

“There is no doubt that the overall success of the Academy has been more than acceptable in improving the ability of the interns that attended the programme to find suitable employment. In a number of cases the success was profound, to the extent that I believe the focus on the importance of education in the respective family units of those interns that completed the programme has been elevated significantly.”

Fanie Van Rensburg, Previous Managing Director, Shoden Data Systems (Pty) Ltd

“The Shoden Academy built a very successful model with its intern training program. The program not only focuses on developing the required technical skills for participants to fulfil a career in IT, but builds up young entrepreneurs who are hungry to learn and add value. We measure the success of the program against the general work ethics and attitude of the graduates as they join our permanent workforce, and we are proud to see the success we have had over the last few years with top class employees created by the academy program.”

Gerard Almon, Services Director for HDS Sub Saharan Africa

“I would like to thank you personally Dee for all your passion and dedication in caring for our business and making every effort in supporting us. Your team has also been exceptional in their attention, professionalism and care in driving our day to day affairs.”

Omar Jabr, EMEA Director, HDS Academy:

“…their learning outcomes were such that we were happy to thereafter employ all the graduates whom we sponsored through the training. I would happily recommend Velisa Africa for similar training.”

“We are very happy with the internship syllabus and quality of training and mentorship the interns receive from the Velisa Program… We highly recommend the Internship Program that Velisa Africa Academy offers as we believe that it enables people who have completed a degree or diploma to attain practical experience, knowledge and subsequently, employment. The Velisa model enables small companies to afford internships and we strongly support this as we would not have been able to participate otherwise.”

Various other extracts from customers

Graduate Stories

Take a look at what our graduates have achieved; you could also try to hire one – our graduates are highly sought after!

There is no better referral than that of a Velisa Africa Graduate.  Below you can read more about what some of them have to say about the Velisa Experience…

“I am really enjoying with my new Employer. The work culture is the best ever. It’s all about team work and practicing the Company’s DNA. They believe that you are trusted to do your job, hence you aren’t micro – managed.

Thank you very much for all the Soft Skills and Business English lessons. I am currently busy with FDS documents. And the Lead technical writer is impressed with all the corrections I have made in the documentation. I have met with an SME and I am busy designing an Environmental Risk Management module for a client.

The 4 C’s are so important. I obtained a perfect score on my first probation review. Thank you once again, I really do appreciate all the hard work you have done.”

Reece Devereux

“As today is my last day at Velisa Africa, I would like to thank you all for the lessons I have learnt. I can’t wait to start at my new employer and apply all the knowledge and skills I have gained from this Internship.

I have learnt so many things that went far beyond the theoretical knowledge I had gained at College. The tasks I performed during my internship allowed me to apply my knowledge in a real-world environment and I managed to develop my interpersonal and problem solving skills.

Thank you for all the work you have done in mentoring me and providing me with new career paths.”

Reece Devereux

“It has been a great experience attending the Internship at Velisa Africa Academy last year where I met many intelligent colleagues, experienced facilitators and mentors. Personally I think the internship program it was well organized and very successful. I have learnt a lot from you and the others… God bless you for giving back to the community… I am soo happy to tell you that today I got a permanent position as a Junior BI. If it was not for you, Lazola, Graeme and Pauli I would not have gotten this far. Thank you soo much for believing in us Dee…”

Adelaide Nembaleni

“I Am writing to inform you that I signed a new contract for (Business intelligence consultant) with RIC Consulting yesterday.  I want to thank you for all your effort, hard work and making my dreams become reality.  I really appreciate how you have always been so supportive and guiding us towards the right path. Working with you has been very enjoyable and I have learned and grown a lot.  You are the best Team!”

Tessa Mathavha

“I was equipped at the Velisa Academy to always work hard and that with good positive attitude, things might loosen up a bit.  This is what I will call Career Growth Acceleration you get from the same Velisa Academy that unpacked and professionally re-packed the young man that I am today, from Ground Up.  Since I left Velisa, its been about which is the best new offer to take, not about, will I get a job.”

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Lukhanyiso Sobhuza

“It has been a great and challenging learning journey ever since I joined Velisa Africa Academy. I came in with no experience and I was introduced to a corporate world with well experienced individuals in terms of work and life experience. I started off by learning how to behave in a corporate world and that entailed how to speak, write, receive and give feedback. I learned how to work individually and work in a team. What stood out for me is that my attitude changed for better and I am always punctual in and out of workplace.  My life has changed for better as well, in a sense that I am considerate, I am already working as a leader, responsible for any action I take. I listen more than I talk and that’s part of learning everyday! …..Joining Velisa Africa Academy was worth it because right now I am ready and able for corporate world.”

“I can’t begin to describe the way that is has changed my life. In addition to gaining technical skills, I have developed a strong sense of self, along with the confidence and courage to pursue my goals. Knowing yourself greatly influences your success. If you know yourself and what you want, you’re unstoppable. The program has helped me grow both personally and professionally. I have learnt not only from the mentors that I’ve had the pleasure of working with, but also the talented and influential young people I was surrounded by.”


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. Lazola Belle, I have learned a lot from you. I am so grateful to be part of Velisa Africa Academy.”

Adelaide Basetsana

“I spent two years without a job and not knowing how to approach relevant people, but after getting involved in Velisa Africa Academy’s work bridging programme, things started changing for me. Now, I got the job.  Velisa Africa people cared enough about me to ensure that I have a career future ahead …. !”

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“Velisa Africa Academy have open doors for me which I thought would have never been possible without their support. How? I was unable to express myself but through their soft skills that they provided in their program, I am now able to stand comfortable with confidence in front of the crowd and present.  I am able to write required reports and compile a document. I am able to resolve a conflict. This has been life-changing for me. The most special thing that I am truly grateful for, is the opportunity they have provided me to enhance my technical and soft skills and acquire employment.”


“It’s a great experience to be part of the Velisa Africa Academy team. You learn about what it takes to be a top achiever in the corporate world. You gain more soft skills and technical skills.”