Thursday 20 July marked the official closing of an intensive Medupi Career Expo Programme (MCEP) that kick-started on 3 July 2017.
The programme saw 46 learners being placed at different departments within the Medupi Project and each one allocated to a mentor who is an employee at the project.
Two learners were drawn from chosen schools within the Waterberg District.
They qualified for this programme in 2016 whilst in Grade 10 through their results in maths and science.
One of the learners, 17 year old Lazarus Kgageng from Tielelo Secondary School, said he was very honoured to have been part of the three week programme. “It is our time to show how much we appreciate the efforts from mentors and those in management who assisted us throughout the programme. We will ensure we go home with a full package of what we have learnt here and it will benefit other learners in our school,” he said.
His highlights included witnessing how electricity is generated as well as the trip they took to a Game Reserve at Bela-Bela which opened his eyes to animal behaviour and made him aware of nature conservation.
He encouraged his fellow learners to go back and be ambassadors of Eskom, by telling other learners what they have learnt during school holidays.
Medupi Project Director Phillip Dukashe proudly said the initial objective to expose learners to the working environment was accomplished.
“We were wondering if the learners’ parents, teachers and their different education circuits would allow them to partake in the programme. I am happy to say that three weeks later, these learners’ career choices have been influenced by their visit to different departments within construction. Our objectives have been accomplished,” said Dukashe.
He also thanked the mentors for dedicating their precious time to looking after and guiding the learners, assuring them that the investment they made was not in vain.
Learners were further encouraged to apply themselves to their studies. They have every reason to make a success of their life but this will be determined by how they face their life’s challenges. Top performing learners in different categories were presented with motivational books.