Investment giant helps with maths

2016-07-21 06:00
Esethu Mkrokrelwa, Sinalo Magadla, Lukhanyo Mfanta, Mxolisi Gwada, Emihle Tiwani, Ayabonga Qhusheka and Nicolas Mmako, consultant corporate social investment at Investec, on Friday, in Cape Town.                        PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Esethu Mkrokrelwa, Sinalo Magadla, Lukhanyo Mfanta, Mxolisi Gwada, Emihle Tiwani, Ayabonga Qhusheka and Nicolas Mmako, consultant corporate social investment at Investec, on Friday, in Cape Town. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Learners who are part of Kutlwanong Philippi Centre were happy to be hosted in the office of an international specialist banking and asset management group, in Cape Town on Friday.

Investec hosted about 100 learners from different high schools in an event which was aimed at introduce them to the work life as well as take them through what it is like to work in the financial services industry.

Reaching for dreamsKutlwanong helps learners in mathematics, accounting and science.

This exercise intends to hone in on learners who will take up Mathematics and Accounting subjects to matric and beyond.

Nicolas Mmako, consultant corporate social investment at Investec, said the programme aims at shedding light to learners about what is happening in financial industry.

“It aims to inspiring them and for them to know that it is possible to reach their dreams. We are giving them exposure.

They were given an opportunity to ask questions,” Mmako said.

Philasande Giqo, 17, a learner from Sinethemba High School, said the visit was worthwhile.

“I am happy to be part of the visitors. I have learnt that nothing is impossible. The Pro-Maths programme that I attend helped me a lot to improve my results. My results were very bad before I started attending the programme last year. I had a challenge of understanding the style of teaching here, which is different from the one I was used to in the Eastern Cape, in Ngcobo,” Giqo said.

Giqo moved to the Mother City last year.

She said she first scored 30 percent for maths and 15 percent for physical science, but now she has been crowned the best performer in both subjects.

She has passed mathematics with 87% in the first term and 70% in physical science.

Giqo is planning to register for an Actual Science or Information Technology degree once she completes matric.

Luyanda Butshingi, a teacher from Sinethemba High School, said the centre, which is supported by Investec, helps learners with tutorials on weekends.

“We have seen learners who have been struggling improve their marks. It is really helping them,” Butshingi said.

Aviwe Dodo, 25, an employee of Investec was one of the speakers on the day who was called in to share his experience of learning at the University of Cape Town.

Dodo motivated the learners not to shift their focus of achieving greatness once they get in tertiary institutions.

Investec host learners yearly in their office.

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