The MEC for Education Ishmael Kgetjepe officially opened the 2017 Eastern Limb Career EXPO at SAMMANCOR Winterveld club recently.
Mines in the Eastern side of Sekhukhune have established an organisation which is responsible for social investment. They have partnered with Department of Education on career information dissemination (Career exhibition) for grade 9 learners within the Sekhukhune district. Learners are provided with platform to engage with mining professionals who explain to them opportunities available, subject stream that are relevant for careers in the mine.
The MEC expressed his profound appreciation and acknowledgement of the work that the HRD Forum has been doing for the past nine years. “Your continued efforts to invest in young people is indeed an indication that as a Forum, you have a long term vision for the future and this weeklong expo will help our learners discover themselves as they interact with professionals on many career opportunities within the mining industry and other areas “, said Mr Kgetjepe.
He continued, “We recognize that it takes hard work and collaboration to steer learners toward interest in Science and Technology but we believe that we are on the right track and we will reap important dividends. We owe it to this generation, to prepare it for an exciting and adventurous future and Mathematics and Science, is one of the tools that will see young people occupying professions that will indeed move South Africa forward”. MEC Kgetjepe also encouraged HRD Forum to continue working very closely with all stakeholders to provide the learners with guidance and a chance to pursue careers of their choice.
The MEC also indicated that the government will remain committed to provide quality, flexible and diversified study pathways for secondary school learners and the government cannot turn a blind eye and expect the youth to find a way on their own, through a maze to a bright future.
According to the MEC, the Department will continue to engage learners in Expos for Young Scientists, Mathematics and National Olympiads. “Our partnership with the Department of Mineral Resources also assists our learners with regards to careers in mining as learners participate in Learners Focus Week in which science activities are explored. The Talent Development Programme by the University of Stellenbosch assists our learners in Mathematics and Science “added Mr Kgetjepe.
MEC Kgetjepe concluded by encouraging learners to make use of these opportunities to their benefit. This EXPO is of great importance to all the learners because it strengthens their career guidance that are provided in schools. “We admit that to prepare our young people to meet the challenges and opportunities in a knowledge based economy, we cannot work alone in guiding and grooming the talents for the future of this province” concluded MEC Kgetjepe.
By Harley Ngobeni