Teens get chance to prosper

2015-12-18 06:00
Photo: supplied Excited by the prospect of a bright future (from left) Lungisa Zondi, Ntsidiseng Jama, Clouds of Hope volunteer fund-raiser Jenny Rogers, Bongane Mhlakoana and Tsepang Mhlakoana.

Photo: supplied Excited by the prospect of a bright future (from left) Lungisa Zondi, Ntsidiseng Jama, Clouds of Hope volunteer fund-raiser Jenny Rogers, Bongane Mhlakoana and Tsepang Mhlakoana.

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FOUR young people from an orphanage in Underberg have been granted an opportunity to break the shackles of poverty and pursue potential careers in the maritime sector, thanks to a bursary provided by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).

Coming from Clouds of Hope Children’s Care Centre, three of the four – Tsepang Mhlakoana (19), Bongane

Mhlakoana (19) and Ntsidiseng Jama (17), who are orphaned girls – have been at Lawhill Maritime Centre for three years, and are currently awaiting their matric results. They hope to be able to get further support from TNPA to attend the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to further their maritime studies, or possibly to apply for maritime-related internships with Transnet to combine work and study through on-the-job training.

The fourth one, Lungisa Zondi (15), also received a Transnet bursary this year and started at Lawhill in Grade 10.

Clouds is home to 70 orphaned, abandoned or vulnerable children.

The relationship between TNPA, Lawhill and the children’s care centre began when Clouds volunteer fund-raiser Jenny Rogers came to learn from Captain Keith Burchell, retired from Transnet, about an opportunity for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for a bursary to attend Lawhill Maritime Centre in Simons Town.

She quickly identified the three young women who met the academic criteria and applied on their behalf.

TNPA offered them a bursary to study at Lawhill Maritime Centre, to complete Grades 10 through Grade 12 of high school in this specialist maritime academy, including instruction in maritime economics and nautical science.

“These are young people who have had an unfortunate start in life. They are now young people with hope, with education, training and ability, going steadily forward with the prospect of decent jobs to support themselves and their future families, and contribute to our economy,” said Rogers.
– Supplied.

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