Community Chest helps learners

2016-04-28 06:00
Thales’ CEO Justice Tootla, Magdalena Payi (Sizimisele Technical School), Wonke Mahlombe (Joe Slovo High School), Sinethemba Matutu (Khanyolwethu High School) and Community Chest of the Western Cape’s CEO Lorenzo Davids.

Thales’ CEO Justice Tootla, Magdalena Payi (Sizimisele Technical School), Wonke Mahlombe (Joe Slovo High School), Sinethemba Matutu (Khanyolwethu High School) and Community Chest of the Western Cape’s CEO Lorenzo Davids.

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The Community Chest supported an education-focused project to assist disadvantaged students from a selection of Cape Town schools.

This year six pupils each received R100 000 towards their tertiary education in Maths, Science, and Technology.

The “Fast Tracking Pathways to Success” project, in association with Thales South Africa Systems, sees R8.5 million invested into education over five years in six schools, in order to improve the education outcomes in communities where Thales’s advanced Rail Signalling System is being supplied.

The carefully-designed programme, in its second year, not only benefits the bursary winners, but also many other students due.

Aside from the monetary value of the award, the Community Chest commits to assisting and supporting the six bursary winners throughout their tertiary education.

The six participating schools are: Khanyolwethu High School, Kleinvlei High School, Forests Heights High School, Joe Slovo High School, Sizimisele High School, and Malibu High School.

Community Chest of the Western Cape project coordinator Yumna Martin says that they are invested in the future of the youth.

“We want to invest in students who work hard academically, and we help to provide them with the opportunity to access tertiary education. With Thales, we are helping to give back to communities by investing in these six schools over five years,” says Martin.

“Students are often left to their own devices in terms of education. Through programmes like this we are able to really invest in their future and give them opportunities to grow. It really speaks to communities to be able to support and mentor the youth.”

Magdalena Payi, from Sizimisele High School, is studying Medical Laboratory Sciences at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

“Because of the bursary, I am able to focus on my studies without worrying about how to fund them,” she says, adding that she finds it motivating.

“It makes you work harder and put in more effort. It pushes me that extra mile to do better.”

Sinethemba Matuta attended Khanyolwethu High School in Lwandle and is now studying Electrical Engineering at Stellenbosch University. He has long had a passion for electrical “gadgets” and fixing faulty appliances where and when he can.

He attributes his success so far to hard work, commitment, dedication, and self-motivation.

Wonke Mahlombe matriculated from Joe Slovo High School in Khayelitsha, and is also studying Electrical Engineering at CPUT. On Saturdays, he teaches Mathematics to the Grade 11 class at Joe Slovo High.

“I love learning and I feel at the end of my studies I will have many job opportunities, which will earn me a lot of money and this will help my family tremendously,” he says.

Hazelle Booysen attended Forest Heights High School in Kuils River before going to Northlink Technical College to study Mechanical Engineering, a field that has interested her since she watched her dad work on cars as a young girl.

After just one semester, she can already dismantle and repair various aspect of an alternator – and knows how to service a car, showing the guys in her class a thing or two.

“I want to work very hard to complete my studies as I know that this will help me in my chosen career. I would then be able to improve the standard of living of my family,” she added.

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