Winter classes discussed

2015-08-13 06:00
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DoE and Insika hand over cerificate

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IDWALA Carbonates and the Department of Education (DoE) met last Thursday to discuss the winter classes that were held by Insikayolwazi Community Resource Centre at the Gamalakhe TVET college from 1 July to 10 July.

The classes were for matriculants studying maths, physical science and accounting.

Stakeholders at the meeting viewed a list of objectives and proposals made by the DoE.

Ronnie Khuzwayo, representing the DoE, thanked Idwala for sponsoring and being part of the programme.

Khuzwayo proposed that the extra classes for matriculants continue next year, and possibly also be for Grade 10 pupils.

“We would like this programme to start from Grade 10 where pupils are groomed in these subjects early,” said Khuzwayo

Glen Koster from Idwala Carbonates said it would be a good idea to introduce the programme at an early­ stage however, more stakeholders would need to get involved to cover the costs of the programme.

Koster said introducing a practical aspect to this would also be beneficial to pupils.

“It would be beneficial to pupils to come to Idwala so they can get an idea of how it works and get more knowledge on the chemical and minerals manufactured at Idwala,” he said.

“Many people know of Idwala, but are unaware of the minerals its makes that are used in daily life, for example, Colgate toothpaste, glass, etc.,” he said.

Idwala general manager André Ogle agreed with the proposal saying that people do not know what Idwala does.

“Idwala does not sell direct to the public, it sells to many industries that produce for the public,” said Ogle.

Stakeholders agreed that DoE must draft a list of proposals and objectives­ and send it to Idwala by the end of August in preparation for the 2016 programme.

Koster also suggested they invite other big companies to take part in this programme, including Eskom, NPC, the municipality, and others.

At the end of the meeting Insikayolwazi­ and the DoE handed over a certificate of appreciation to Idwala for partnering with them

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