At National Foods, we acknowledge that our people form the foundation of our company. That’s why we always put our people front and centre. We provide the platform to encourage ongoing learning and development, whilst each employee takes ownership for their future and growth within the organisation.
Oswell Mhemha and Nike Mushava are just two great examples of our hard-working and dedicated people. These key members of the National Foods’ family have both embraced the support and growth opportunities we offer, having climbed the ranks to becoming valued, successful employees.
Nike Mushava joined National Foods as a bag carrier, before progressing up the ranks to a permanent Extruder Operator. “What enabled me to work my way up was hard work, zeal, perseverance and the grace of God,” says Nike. “I knew that I wanted a better life for myself and my family. I also wanted to grow within National Foods. I quickly realised that if I worked hard enough I would make it.”
Nike is a loving husband and father to three beautiful children. And he’s not done growing yet – Nike is passionate about farming and aspires to becoming an electrician, spending his free time visiting garages to learn as much as he can about the trade and other crafts.
Oswell Mhemha has been a National Foods employee for 35 years, starting out in 1986 as a contract worker who would help out at the canteen, and today is a valued employee within stockfeeds. From the start, Oswell was happy to be a part of the family, saying that when he joined, “my peers would actually envy me, as it has always been such a great company to work for.”
Oswell grew within National Foods, whereafter he met his wife and was blessed with four children. With his newfound success in his career, Oswell was able to build and extend his property at his rural home, coupled with being able to provide his children with good education. Through the extra financial assistance from National Foods “and with that extra help, I accomplished quite a lot.”
Oswell is proud of his achievements over his time at National Foods. “I do not think I would have accomplished all of that had I been elsewhere,” he muses. “I feel proud of myself as I have secured generational wealth for my children and grandchildren, and I have also imparted the knowledge that I obtained from National Foods to them.”