Engineers help local learners

Local learners Nare Moloto and Kabelo Semenya together with their teacher
Hellen Ramotlhale after receing their awards

LEPHALALE — The two learners representing the local Mabalane Seleka Technical School (MSTS), Nare Moloto and Kabelo Semenya, has obtained the second position in a national competition held in Secunda early in July. The Department of Mineral Resources initiates this annual competition.

They represented the school with their project of a renewable mobile scraper. Their second position included each having won a laptop, printer, Wi-Fi routers and a bursary.
 The journey to this achievement started when the two had success at both the regional and provincial competition, held in Mokopane and Polokwane, respectively.

The purpose of their scraper is to clean underneath conveyor belts – especially after spillages. The scraper is made up of a mobile scraper and coal storage compartment, solar panels, controller and the rechargeable battery – to mention some key components.

This challenge led their teacher, Hellen Ramotlhare, to approach the Project Director, Phillip Dukashe, during the opening ceremony of the Medupi Winter Career Expo Programme held at Medupi Power Station. Phillip immediately assigned Rofhiwa Nemutandani, Professional Mechanical Engineer, to assist the learners with their project. He then roped in other engineers’, i.e. Karabo Taunyane, Dashliegh Modiba, Banele Mbendane and Jacky Mathobela.

“Our role was to help them get their project to be renewable-powered. Banele drew up a schematic as well as a list of the items required. We bought the items and assembled the project with the students,” said Rofhiwa about the team.

“The school community of MSTS would like to thank the Eskom team of engineers that helped two learners with a project,” said Katlego Modungwa, an educator at MSTS. The school penned a letter thanking Eskom engineers for assisting the learners with their project and looks forward to more collaboration in the future such as site visits and career guidance.

“They appreciated our support, and we were delighted to have been part of this project. We hope this gives the learners a platform to know that nothing is impossible with hard work and dedication,” said Rofhiwa.

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