Transnet Port Terminals mentors male pupils for Man in The Making initiative

MARCH 18, 2016

As part of the “Man in The Making” initiative, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) partnered with Tracker and the SABC to host Grade 8 – 11 pupils from three Motherwell high schools on Thursday at their Ngqura Container Terminal.

Terminal Managers from TPT’s Planning, Operations, Procurement and Technical departments dedicated their day to mentoring the young men from the schools of Douglas Mbopha, Jolobe High School and Masiphatisane High School. This joint initiative aims to empower and develop teenage boys by introducing them to positive role models, giving them career guidance and exposing them to the working world.

“As a company we have an obligation to educate and positively impact the lives of boy children so that they grow up to be responsible citizens and future leaders of our country. TPT already plays a vital role in the growth of our country’s economy, but we also strive to positively impact the communities we operate in – particularly empowering and uplifting those that come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this initiative, our hope is that we can help raise responsible young men by providing them with access to role models, mentors and skills development,” stated Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) Manager, Noxolo Thabatha.

Supported and endorsed by the Department of Basic Education, the programme is designed to be more than just a career day - the main objectives are to help teenage boys from Grades 10-12 understand the value of education, challenge them to overcome their obstacles and to encourage them to strive to become productive adult citizens in our country.

“Tracker realises that it takes a village to raise a child and this is why we encourage other companies to join the Men in the Making campaign. Working with our partners the SABC, the Department of Basic Education and numerous corporates we are able to provide an impactful and sustainable programme,” said Nolwandle Ntshiza, CSI manager at Tracker.

During the one-day programme the three high schools were exposed to the working world of Transnet Port Terminals by shadowing the appointed TPT male role models in the fields of Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain and Operations. According to Thabata, this initiative forms part of Transnet Port Terminals CSI drive aimed at developing and transforming the socio-economic status of previously disadvantaged communities.

“We were delighted to be part of this growing initiative which also provides Transnet Port Terminals with an opportunity to contribute towards raising responsible young men through exposure to role models, career guidance, guidance and support, life skills and support, life skills development, and moral regeneration,” concluded Thabatha.