Learners pampered by sponsor

2017-05-25 06:03
The Cosat choir sings during the visit of the SANRAL delegation on Thursday.                  PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

The Cosat choir sings during the visit of the SANRAL delegation on Thursday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Centre of Science and Technology (Cosat) learners in Khayelitsha were treated to a three meal course by their sponsor, the South African National Roads Agency(Sanral) last Thursday.

SANRAL organised the lunch with learners as part of their annual commitment to educational development at the school.

Training coordinator Gcina Sentletse said the event was meant to acknowledge and encourage learners to excel in mathematics and science.

“We encourage learners to reach for their dreams. We offer them bursaries to study engineering at tertiary institutions. We feel that we need to make a difference in their lives,” Sentletse said.

She said the company has been a proud supporter of COSAT since 2009.

They have awarded scholarships to 133 students in the country this year alone, she offered.

Khayelihle Molefe, a second year student in Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Nokuthula Mazibuko, who is doing a masters degree in civil engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, were invited as guest speakers to motivate the learners.

They are both beneficiaries of a SANRAL bursary.

Mazibuko said engineering is one of the top industries that contribute in the economy of the country.

“There are more opportunities in engineering. There are still challenges of women being sidelined in certain jobs in the industry. Sometimes they would keep us women in the office. You have to fight in order to be given certain projects,” she said.

Sakhikhaya Mzanga, a Grade 11 learner, said he was inspired to work hard.

“The event really encouraged me to work even harder to achieve my goals. I want to do civil engineering. I am passionate about road construction. In Tsolo, the roads are in a bad state (Tsolo is in the Eastern Cape),” Mzanga said

Sonwabile Tafeni, a Grade 12 learner, said she learnt that she must “never give-up” on her dreams. Tafeni said she wants to study towards computer science.

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