LEPHALALE — The 2018 Medupi Winter Career Expo Programme officially closed on Thursday 12 July.
It was the second programme of its kind with 48 Grade 10 learners and eight educators representing 25 high schools from Palala North, Palala South and Ellisras Circuits partaking.
Learners went through intensive mentorship programmes which are designed to expose them to a variety of career options within Eskom. They were placed at different departments in Medupi and allocated to designated mentors for the duration of the programme.
Medupi Project Financial Manager, Motsumi Moeketsane, highlighted the consequences of doing pleasurable things at the expense of building their future.
He said “instant gratification” can destroy learners.
“As a learner you should not put yourself in a position that you might have difficulties to come out of. If you do not have a car now and walk to school, that is okay because you are not working and therefore are not expected to drive one. Do not put yourself under unnecessary pressure and want things that you can’t maintain now.
It should also be noted that in order for you to become a Doctor you will need to finish Matric before applying to become one, you cannot instantly become a Doctor while you are still in Grade 10,” said Moeketsane.
He further advised learners to apply the method of paying now to be able to play later.
He said they should study hard and stay focused now, so that they make it in life and play instead of playing now only to pay a painful price later.
“This is an inevitable truth of life, if you are persuaded by the negative pressure from your peers you will make decisions that will hurt your future and regret,” he said.
Palala North Circuit Manager, Alfred Marakalala, who represented local circuits, advised the learners to apply the methods they learnt at Medupi to make a difference.
“Let there be a difference between you and the people at home, because your three weeks here mean you have gained something. You have been given knowledge and that can never be taken away from you,” he said.
Words of encouragement also came from a representative of traditional leaders, through Kgoši (Chief) RJ Shongoane.
“Let us learn to be taught to get educated; if you get education, it will help you to a brighter future and a better life. Parents, let us encourage our children to study, this means relieving them of heavy house chores when it is time to study so that they can prepare themselves thoroughly.”
Chief Shongoane also thanked Medupi for preparing local learners and for giving them options to choose in their careers.
Four learners were awarded and received tokens of appreciation in the following categories:
Best Maths student – Lucas Sekanka, best Science student – Paul Mosima, learner who wrote the best essay – Lucia Sekgobane and the learner who improved the most – Caroline Mocheko.