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Eastern Cape girls exposed to port careers

Jun 4, 2018
Eastern Cape girls exposed to port careers

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) observed “Take a Girl Child to Work Day” on Thursday allowing hundreds of female learners to gain insight into the operations of the national port system and the wide range of career opportunities offered.

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.

TNPA’s General Manager: Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Moshe Motlohi, said: “The years 2010-2020 were declared by the African Union as the African Women’s Decade along with the theme Grassroots approach to gender equality and women’s empowerment. As TNPA, we are fully committed to support this vision and are on a mission to encourage young girls to fully participate in our industry.”

“We need highly skilled, innovative and dynamic people to take our business forward. Exposing learners to careers available in the port system is a way in which we hope to inspire young people to acquire the qualifications to enter our business,” he added.

In keeping with TNPA’s commitment to supporting communities in the areas in which it operates, the girls included a combination of employees’ children and previously disadvantaged learners from TNPA’s adopted schools across the country.

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 activities included:

  • Head Office – 25 learners hosted including girls from Dr BW Vilakazi Secondary School in Soweto and female learners nominated by employees.
  • Port of Durban – 59 girls hosted including employees’ children and learners from some of TNPA’s 15 adopted schools in the South Durban Basin, namely Ndukwenhle High School in Umlazi, Umbilo Secondary School, Wentworth Secondary School and PR Pather Secondary School. The programme included a visit to the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence where they learned about various career opportunities at TNPA.
  • Port of Richards Bay – 24 learners from Tholokuhle High School, Dlangezwa High School, Aquadene High School, Ndlabeyila High School, Emkhayideni Technical, Old Mill High School, John Ross College, Siphumelele High School, Mhlavana High School, Mbusowabathethwa High School, Mthiyanwa High School, St. Catherine’s High School, Mthunzini High School and Gcwalulwazi High School.
  • Port of Cape Town – Hosted 24 Grade 9, 10 and 11 learners from Simon’s Town High School, Vuyiseka High School, Phakama High School, Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School, Apex High School, Soneike High School, Kensington High School, Good Hope High School, Harold Cressy High School and Leap High School.
  • Port of Saldanha – hosted learners from De Doorns
  • Port of Mossel Bay hosted 20 girls from Indwe Secondary School and Hillcrest High School.
  • Port of East London – hosted learners from Unathi High School and Sophatisana Senior Secondary School and the daughters of employees.
  • The Port of Port Elizabeth- 31 learners from Cowan High School and Ithembelihle High School from New Brighton, St James High School from Schauderville and the daughters of employees. Learners also had the opportunity to board the SA Agulhas.
  • Port of Ngqura- Hosted 18 learners from Ndzondelelo High School, Alexander High School, Lawson Brown High School, Khumbulani High School and Newton Park High Schools and the daughters of employees.

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