Aber-Schools project initiated

2017-08-02 06:00
PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluJoey Ramphali (left) and Aberdare Cables Joint CEO Dr Haiyan Song at the launch of the Aber-Schools project last Friday.

PHOTO: Makhosandile zuluJoey Ramphali (left) and Aberdare Cables Joint CEO Dr Haiyan Song at the launch of the Aber-Schools project last Friday.

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ABERDARE Cables launched its schools’ project - “Aber-School” on Friday, July 21, at Siqongweni Secondary in Imbali.

The project provides 90 Grade 10 pupils from seven Imbali schools with extra lessons in mathematics, physical science and English.

The team that runs the project is made up of teachers from five of the seven schools, and the human capital department from Aberdare, Pietermaritzburg.

“The vision of Aber-School is to take Grade 10 pupils through to Grade 12 and by 2019 have pupils from Grades 10, 11 and 12 in the Aber-School project,” Aberdare Cables marketing manager Jyoshtie Dunes said.

She said the company’s aim is to assist­ pupils to excel in these subjects so that one day they may become part of the Aberdare Cables feeder scheme.

“The feeder scheme will enable high school matriculants who have been part of the Aber-School project to apply for entry level positions in learnerships, apprenticeships and also apply for bursaries if their academic results permit.

“These bursaries will be specific to the fields of mechanical, electrical, industrial and polymer engineering,” she said.

Verdeen van Zyl, who was also involved­ a similar programme when he was at school, spoke about growing up in an area that was plagued by social ills, the financial challenges he faced after matriculating and how he, through careful decisions and taking­ advantage of available opportunities, made a success of his life.

“Never take this opportunity for granted,” Van Zyl told pupils at the launch of the project.

A teacher, Joey Ramphali, who is part of the project, lauded the company for contributing towards education and advised other stakeholders to follow suit.

“You should have plans that give you focus, and discipline will help you achieve those plans.”

Grade 10 pupil, Thandolwethu Shabalala, who is part of the project, said she and her peers appreciate the project because it benefits them immensely.

Siqongweni Secondary School principal Bheki Dlamini said he hopes that over the years the Aber-School project will produce pupils who are armed with skills and an education­ that the corporate sector requires­.

“We want this project to produce engineers because South Africa is in short supply of engineers.

“As schools, we are committed to ensuring the project is a success,” he said.

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