Planned by municipal departments Disaster Risk Management and Environmental Health, the career exhibition also drew interest and support from other government sub-sectors Education, Agriculture, Conservation, Environment and Rural Development, Cooperate Governance and Traditional Affairs as well as private companies in Midvaal Water Company and Stuart Nhlathi Science and Engineering Technology Institute.
According to PIER Coodinator Belinda Madikizela, the exhibition’s main purpose was to expose Grade 10 and 11 learners from schools in Tlokwe, Matlosana, Makwassie Hills and Ventersdorp to the importance of Environmental Health and Disaster Risk Management practices, which are careers lesser known to many, moreover those in previously disadvantaged areas.
“The bright side of this initiative sees this gathering assisting scholars to connect and network with prominent businesspeople with a view to harness knowledge about different career paths available in sectors facing shortage of necessary personnel. We also encourage an “Adopt a Learner” initiative by private business to sponsor further education needs of scholars after they pass matric,” said Madikizela.
A perfect example of such prevailed as Stuart Nhlathi of SNSET Institute presented three learners with an all expenses paid educational trips and school fees until they finish secondary school education. Also in attendance was District Director of Education Dr. Shadrack Mvula, who served a positive motivational discourse to the attending learners. MMCs from both Office of the Executive Mayor and Disaster Risk Management, Councillors Mumsey Lee and Gaelebale Kgosi were as well in attendance.
Both the councillors shared sentiment, saying the District Municipality has its role to play in shaping young responsible people through the career exhibition. In addition, Cllr Lee said the exhibition is as well as sign of concern that shows of shortage of career guidance in the education sector within the country, a weakness resulting in high unnecessary costs for South Africa and the business sector.
MMC for Special Projects Cllr Mumsey Lee delivers a supporting message to learners at the Career Expo organised by Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality Risk Disaster Management and Environmental Health departments.
Learners go through the Kiosks at the Oppenheimer-James Motlatsi Hall in Orkney during a three-day Career Expo hosted by the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality.