What I Do
CEO AwardsThe annual CEO awards held between 2015 and 2018 showcased those employees that excelled within their divisions. Employees nominate each other for the four primary categories. I took those nominations and interviewed employee line managers and Chiefs to determine whether they were worthy of the awards. I would then write a profile of the employee highlighting their successes for that year. These nominations were then handed to external judges to determine a winner. Some years more than 80 nominations had to be written and submitted. Getting to know people within a business of over 2500 employees was special for me.
Take a Girl Child to Work DayWhile this project has been running for 18 years, I have been involved for 8 years. I have trained, presented, organised and assisted in all aspects of this incredible event. Being a part of the upliftment of the young women of this country and providing them a voice has been an absolute highlight of my career. Watching many of them grow from timid young girls to accomplished women in the formal economy is a certain privilege for me.
Interviews of high-profile individualsI have during my career interviewed several interesting and influential individuals. I have been privileged to engage with a range of people, from Government Ministers through to Parliamentary Representatives and leaders of large organisations. One such highlight for me was the interview of the Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic, Stephen Attenborough. A humble and very interesting person, with a fascinating vision of commercial space flight. It was certainly one of my favourite interviews.
Launch of Cell C's Content PlatformWhat was a first for the mobile industry in South Africa, we launched "black", Cell C's content platform in 2017. Being part of an exciting new venture from the beginning of the project was interesting and launching the offering was definitely a career learning curve. Learning about what works with media in this industry was definitely a career highlight, as content is a very different to telecoms and requires a completely different approach to generating media coverage. This process provided me with valuable experience in this space.
Candice is the ultimate team player who always puts her hand up when work needs to be done. She is multi-disciplined in various fields of communication and is always willing to impart her knowledge.
"Candice is passionate about everything she sets her mind to, be it in journalism or PR. In my experience, she always commits 110% when she gets involved in something and will be an asset to any team."
I hired Candice Jones as a junior journalist in 2007 in ITWeb’s online newsroom. Candice quickly established herself as a reliable and prolific reporter, able to understand the complexities of the IT and telecoms market developments, policies and trends, and accurately and intelligently relate them to our audience of IT professionals and decision-makers. Her progression from junior to senior writer, and finally to ITWeb's telecoms editor, was fast and natural. It was a big loss for ITWeb when Candice left. However, several years later, I had the pleasure of working with her again. As an external corporate communications manager, she was as impressive and professional as she used to be as a journalist and editor.