Investec, Kutlwanong celebrate exceptional learners at Promaths awards

2017-02-01 06:03

SOUTH Africa’s brightest young minds got the opportunity to shine on January 25 as Investec and Kutlwanong co-hosted the Promaths awards at Port Elizabeth’s Slipperfields Conference Centre.

The much-anticipated annual award ceremony saw top learners get recognised and rewarded for excellence in STEM subjects.

Promaths is a partnership between Investec and the Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology that provides extra maths and science lessons to learners in grades 10 to 12.

This year, the partnership between the two companies celebrates its 12th year together.

Promaths Motherwell produced 25 distinctions in Maths and Science and two students were awarded R15 000 towards their tertiary education as they obtained more than 90% in Maths and more than an 85% overall average.

Investec head of CSI, Setlogane Manchidi, celebrated this year’s winners.

“When ordinary people come together in pursuit of broader societal transformation, we can achieve the extraordinary, and tonight’s top achievers are proof of that,” he said.

He added that he encourages young learners to make the most of initiatives such as Promaths. “You won’t know what you’re capable of until you try. Never underestimate your abilities; we believe in you, so why not believe in yourself?”

Kutlwanong’s MD, Tumelo Mabitsela, agrees with the sentiment. “We believe in people’s potential and, with a bit of help, such as extra lessons in these STEM subjects, learners are able to use their potential to the fullest. We’re thrilled that we are able to aid in their journey to greatness.”

An initiative like Promaths would not be possible without the support of the Basic Education system, which also believes that education is everything.

“We know how important basic education is to a nation’s current and future prosperity, development and growth. We owe our children a better life and a better world and we have the opportunity to contribute to this through a quality, efficient and accountable basic education system,” said Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.

Promaths is aimed at facilitating maths and science lessons to not only increase the number of passes, but also to better position learners to:

. Gain access to quality tertiary education.

. Pursue courses that they would not ordinarily pursue.

. Access financial resources in the form of bursaries and scholarships.

Investec currently funds eight centres across the country. There are over 2 000 alumni, many of whom have achieved distinctions in Maths and/or Science. Learners have gone on to study actuarial science, finance, BCom (CA), economics and engineering.

Investec and Kutlwanong hope that their partnership and the implementation of Promaths will continue to provide learners with the opportunity to better themselves to succeed in a field that they may not have previously considered.

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