Learners building roads to the future

2017-06-07 06:00
Rele Tsoai (Grey College).

Rele Tsoai (Grey College).

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The next generation of civil engineers got their first introduction to the world of engineering when they attended the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) schools’ induction programme held recently in Bloemfontein.

A group of 20 learners from various secondary schools around the city were awarded Sanral scholarships aimed at providing a pipeline of engineering skills that will be needed by the roads agency in the future.

The scholarship programme is for learners from Gr. 10 to Gr. 12 who perform specifically well in Maths and Science and the recipients can study at institutions of their choice. The scholarship provide for all expenses, tuition, boarding, stationery, school uniforms and sports uniforms.

Gcina Sentletse, Sanral project manager: scholarships, said the programme focuses on learners who perform in these specific subjects because the scho-larship becomes a channel to the Sanral university bursary programme for civil engineering.

“We believe there are other aspects to a learner, not just academics, and some of them excel in sport too. The programme also provides money for extra lessons, especially with subjects like Maths and Science. We really want to help learners to uphold their high grades,” said Sentletse.

She said the eastern region which includes the Free State, currently has 20 civil engineering students at graduate level of which seven are female.

Sentletse added that Sanral was passionate about the youth and when the agency invested in training of young minds, it is also for South Africa.

Rhona Erasmus, Sanral project manager: bursaries, said over the years they have seen more women taking part in the programme, especially on a post-graduate level.

The scholarship recipients are Rele Tsoai (Gr. 11, Grey College), Thato Dlamini (Gr. 12, St Joseph’s Christian Brothers’ College), Zané Prins (Gr. 11, St Michaels School), Judah Prins (Gr. 12, St Andrew’s School), Johan van Eck (Gr. 12, Grey College), Louis James (Gr. 12, Grey College) and Lian Beyers (Gr. 12, Sentraal High School).

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