SBU provides career guidance

SHONGOANE — As part of their 67 minutes in Mandela month, Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) and its stakeholders put together a poverty campaign at Matshwara Secondary School in Shongoane 1.
According to Enterprise Development Manager Mathebe Mhlongo, SBU targeted learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and in the process assisted Grade 11’s and 12’s with career guidance as well as how to apply for university online.
Lerato Jane Ditsela, a third year Geology student of the University of the Free State, emphasised the need for learners to first understand what career they were getting into, its requirements and where to study it.
She said she was worried that most learners within Lephalale do not understand how to do online applications, which is easier to do, there are no application fees and no standing in long queues.
Learners also had the privilege of accessing information regarding starting up businesses at a young age.
In a presentation by Limpopo Economic Development Agency, Business Advisor, Matsobane Kekana, highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship as a solution to the rise in unemployment. Kekana’s advice was to start studying in order to understand how business operates.
In addition, he advised them to continue with their studies while ensuring they come up with strategic ideas to help grow the country’s economy.
Matshwara School Management team member Mosima Nyama thanked SBU for not only assisting with gifts but for opening the learners’ eyes regarding their studies, careers and future.
“We are very proud for today we have learned many things because of this visit. Some learners spoke to me privately during today’s course, to say how grateful they are for the presentation offered,” she said.
20 identified learners from needy families were given food parcels and 249 sanitary towels were given to the female learners.

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