Pupils encouraged to study hard

2016-03-03 06:00
 Eskom, PetroSA, NECSA, South Africa National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) exhibited careers and educational requirements in their industries to pupils. Photo by Misheck Makora

Eskom, PetroSA, NECSA, South Africa National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) exhibited careers and educational requirements in their industries to pupils. Photo by Misheck Makora

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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson hosted a one day career expo to promote maths and science at the False Bay College in Khayelitsha.

Joemat-Pettersson told pupils that there aren’t enough black people in the energy sector because they were not exposed to good teaching in the past.

The schools that attended the career expo were Joe Slovo, Mathew Goniwe, Manyano and Cosat.

She challenged pupils to pursue a career in the energy and gas sector.

“Does your father own a petrol station?

“Does your mother own a petrol station?” she asked and pupils responded with wild cheers of “Noooo!”

When she said: “I want you to own a petrol station one day!” pupils cheered with a big “Yeeees!”

Pettersson told the pupils that maths and science were key to pursuing careers in the energy industry. Big companies including Eskom, PetroSA and the South Africa National Energy Development Institute explained careers and educational requirements in their industries. False Bay College presented courses offered by the institution. Energy ministry advisor Dr Banothile Makhubela encouraged pupils not to allow anyone to distract them from their goals.

She told pupils that she was denied entry at the University of Pretoria in 2002 to study chemistry because of her rural background

“I didn’t get access to the university; not because I wasn’t qualified. I was told that in any case people like me never make it through the programme I had applied for,” said Makhubhela. But she found a way out and enrolled at the University of Zululand instead.

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