LEPHALALE — On Wednesday, 19 June 2019, Phillip Dukashe, General Manager for Medupi officially opened the third instalment of Medupi Winter Career Expo Programme.
“This programme is designed to influence learners to choose technical careers that will support the economy of our country. Its intent is to inspire you to make life changing career choices as many of us come from the same impoverished backgrounds as yours,” said Dukashe when outlining what the programme is about. “It’s not your circumstances that dictates your ending; it’s the choices you make that can change your situation,” continued Dukashe in his address. Learners were urged to come back after five years to share their story regarding the impact this programme has made in their lives.
The local municipality reiterated their support of Eskom as Medupi has not only created jobs for locals but has also empowered learners with knowledge to change their lives. “Learners embrace this opportunity as you are exposed to vast career opportunities; local and traditional leaders let us support Eskom to deliver the project,” said Cllr Motlokwa on behalf of the local mayor.
On behalf of the Department of Education, Ms H Mabotja urged the audience to join forces in educating children by tapping into the wisdom of the late Nelson Mandela who viewed education as a societal matter. “I am grateful to Eskom for this opportunity, the department will play their part in making this a success and hope learners will come to bear testimony of this day,” said Mabotja.
Chief Shongoane of Shongoane Traditional House encouraged learners to take advantage of this era and should strive to make their lives better. “Many of us were not exposed to career guidance and as community leaders we believe good will come out of this gathering”, said the Chief as he addressed the learners.
The learners will be paired with mentors who will provide the necessary career exposure for the period of the programme. “You should understand that engineers are problem solvers and think outside the box. You have to think of how you can impact the whole of RSA not just yourself”, said Sikhulile Tshabalala, Professional Civil Engineer who will be mentoring the learners. “If I made it; anyone can make it” said Rofhiwa Nemutandani, Professional Mechanical Engineer as he referred to the first grades of his learning where they were taught under a tree. Dovhani Mudzielwana, Senior Environmental Advisor urged learners to pursue education, work hard and let go of bad habits.
The opening ceremony was closed with learners and stakeholders excited about the third instalment of MWCEP.