[Mossel Bay, South Africa, 30 May 2019] Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)’s Port of Mossel Bay hosted an early observation of Take a Girl Child to Work Day on Friday, 24 May 2019, welcoming 30 grade 9, 10 and 11 girls from Groot-Brakrivier Secondary School.
The girls gained insight into the operations of the port and the wide range of career opportunities offered.
Commenting on behalf of the school, principal Ms AF Muller said the girls were excited and stimulated by the exposure to the world of maritime opportunities. “The words of encouragement from department representatives really boosted our learners’ confidence and helped them re-evaluate their career prospects. We want to thank TNPA for the excellent organisation of the event.”
This year the rest of the country will observe the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day on 30 May, 26 July and 30 August. TNPA has supported the Take a Girl Child to Work Initiative since inception and has seen the number of participants growing steadily over the past 15 years. Through various TNPA programmes aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s development, women are increasingly taking up key operational roles traditionally filled by men, such as dredge masters, tug masters and pilots, as well as senior leadership roles
To participate in TNPA’s programme for the day girls must be in grades 9 to 12 and studying English, Pure Mathematics and Physical Science at high school level, as these are required for many of the mission critical roles in the maritime industry. However the Port to make the programme more inclusive and because it recognises that the Marine and working world requires a multi-disciplined workforce, it exposes the day to learners to various disciplines including Finance, Operations, Marine, Continuous Improvement, Corporate Communication, and Engineering related careers.
After an overview of the port system, the learners spent the day “shadowing” senior staff as they went about their day and were exposed to various aspects of port operations.
TNPA’s head office and seven other ports are preparing to host their Take a Girl Child to Work Day programmes in the coming days and weeks.