CDK In Partnership With Comair

Comair Limited is proud to be involved in the establishment of the Carpe Diem Kaleidoscope (CDK) Coaching Academy and Recruitment (Pty) Ltd, a development initiative which formally launched on Thursday, 10 October 2013.

The CDK Academy, with the support of Comair, will offer airline specific training and leadership training for underprivileged learners in the communities of Ekurhuleni in the East Rand region of Gauteng.

Once the learners graduate, they will be issued with Comair accredited certification. Comair will assist with the placement of learners to gain practical experience. Graduates will also be considered for formal employment should there be vacancies available and should they meet the requisite requirements.


Carol Ova, founder of the CDK Coaching Academy and Recruitment Company, says:

The aim of CDK is to recruit young people, in particular matriculants, and equip them with skills that will render them competent and employable. This in turn will help eradicate the dependency syndrome that gives rise to despondency and hopelessness amongst the youth in South Africa.


Comair has been involved in the CDK community learnership programme since 2005. Through this programme it has trained close to 140 learners and provided employment to 111 of the learners as Customer Service Agents at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Some of the learners have taken advantage of growth opportunities and applied for other positions in the business such as Senior Customer Service Agents, Contact Centre Agents or Cabin Crew.


Erik Venter, CEO of Comair says:

Since 2005 we have seen this community initiative grow and develop into the fully-fledged company it is today. Comair is proud to be able to support such a worthy initiative, which tackles the monumental problem of skills shortage and unemployment amongst our youth.

Comair will provide financial support of more than R2-million over the next year to the CDK Coaching Academy and Recruitment (PTY) Ltd.

Corporate Responsibility – How You Can Help

Here is part of HOW we can cooperatively achieve this:-
“Invest in 10, 100, or 1 000 Youth in the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis” by sponsoring a group or individual in one of our Life Skill & Coaching Workshops 


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR/CSI) & CDK

When a business is situated in a Historically Disadvantage Community, the line between corporate social responsibility, volunteerism, sound business practices, and profit margins, becomes extremely blurred.

The challenge for CDK has been to deal with this issue as and when it presented itself. The approach from CDK management has been that of a trial and error scenario, to ultimately establish how to separate these issues, to the mutual benefit of both the community that we serve, and the business imperatives of CDK, and its shareholders.
To this end CDK embarked on a 12-month strategically mutually beneficial partnership with the Harambe Community Development and Resource Centre (HCD&RC). The services offered by the Harambe project included a Job Placement Program that attempted to address the unemployment levels, not just of Reiger Park, but that of the entire Gauteng Province as well. After deliberations between both management teams of CDK and HCD&RC, it was decided that CDK would be commissioned to assist with this mammoth task of addressing poverty reduction, through this program, as part of CDK’s CSR / CSI program. This project was completed successfully and resulted in over 700 candidates placed in fulltime positions across South Africa.


Empowering The Youth

Invest in OUR Children’s inherent potential for a better future for ALL!

A deficiency of Social Skills, Teenage Pregnancies, Addiction – most notably drug and alcohol abuse, Unemployment, Low Self Esteem and its numerous related negative  effects, lack of Confidence, insufferable Self Respect, Entitlement, and Poor Manners, are some of the challenges our Youth face. Invest in Africa’s future by sending your child/children, or sponsor a group or an individual, to attend our Life Coaching & Career Planning Interactive Workshops, which were designed to support and enhance family/work life, and is presented in groups, or one-on-one sessions. For more information on these workshops, go to the Training & Life Coaching Workshop page.

CDK’s track record reflects a solutions driven company, however, South Africa’s Youths, need Corporate South Africa’s collective resources, to normalize these staggering statistical irregularities.

Here is part of HOW we can cooperatively achieve this:-
“Invest in 10, 100, or 1 000 Youth in the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis”