[Mossel Bay, South Africa, 25 July 2018] All focus has been placed on improving the lives of local learners as Transnet National Ports Authority’s Port of Mossel Bay commemorates the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with several activities in the month of July.
The port’s commemorative activities included a free careers exhibition at the Port of Mossel Bay, Quay 4 shed on 24 July 2018. The inaugural exhibition, supported by local government and corporate organisations, was aimed at showcasing career, bursary, employment, mentorship, graduate recruitment, internships, training and skills development opportunities to high school learners, unemployed youth and the general public of the Garden Route. The successful exhibition was attended by over 400 learners from Indwe, Hillcrest, Sao Bras and Groot-Brak Rivier Secondary schools. The Port plans to have a similar career exhibition annually in order to empower local youth with key information, support, and career-related guidance.
The Careers Expo was followed by a handover of 30 jerseys from port management to the TM Ndanda Primary School’s Winter Jersey Drive alongside Councillor Venolia Fortuin of the Mossel Bay Municipality on Wednesday, 25 July 2018.
Sithembiso Soyaya, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Investment Manager at the port, said the jersey drive was spearheaded by community activist Linda Qubuda and peers. It aimed to keep 120 school children warm this winter.
Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, said: “As TNPA at the Port of Mossel Bay, we are grateful for the opportunity to have honoured Mandela by responding to the needs of the community. With the support of our employees we were able to contribute a quarter of the total jerseys targeted through this community drive.”
To bring the month to a close, TNPA will visit Friemersheim Primary School, a non-fee rural school where port management will hand over two interactive whiteboards for senior classes, two high-definition projectors as well as a corner upper deck classroom partition structure to be used for fantasy reading, on Tuesday, 31 July 2018.
These initiatives follow the port’s Mandela Day activities which included a sponsorship to the eViwe Community Centre, an after-care centre that caters for kids after school in KwaNonqaba. At the centre, TNPA painted and donated chairs for the computer lab, as well as heaters and floor mats.
Tshikalange said the various initiatives helped cement the port’s relationship with local communities and would contribute towards a brighter future for a number of local youth. He thanked TNPA employees for their commitment.
“Giving back to the communities in which we operate is ingrained in TNPA’s culture. We feel honoured that we are in a position to help shape the lives of our future leaders,” he said.
The port pursued youth-focused Nelson Mandela Centenary commemoration activities as they tie in with TNPA’s corporate social investment (CSI) focus on education in 2018. Other local education initiatives include TNPA’s two adopted high schools – Indwe High School and Hillcrest High School – where it intends to fund programmes that aim to improve performance in Mathematics and Science, which are needed for a number of mission-critical careers in the ports and other industries.
TNPA also works with three primary schools, Garden Route Primary, Isalathiso Primary and Imekhaya Primary, on its Mathematics and Science Primary School Project jointly hosted with SCIMAT Education and Disposals and aimed at grade 4 to 7 learners.
Caption: TNPA Port of Mossel Bay management and Councillor Venolia Fortuin of the Mossel Bay Municipality handed over 30 jerseys to the TM Ndanda Primary School’s Winter Jersey Drive on Wednesday, 25 July 2018.