“Complete your matric and have a plan B in place. The decision you make today will affect the rest of your life. “You are our future leaders, the possible president of our country might be here in this crowd. Remember, education is your greatest weapon.” These were the words given to learners from the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) and the ZF Mgcawu Municipal Districts by Mayor Dineo Moyo of the Gamagara Local Municipality at the career exhibition day on Monday, 24 July. Close to 3 000 high school learners attended the exhibition, which was hosted through a collaboration of Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American’s two mines, Sishen and Kolomela, the Department of Education, Petra Diamonds and Assmang mines (Khumani, Beeshoek and Black Rock).This is also where the Sishen mine’s social economic development specialist, Sydney Ntili, encouraged learners to make the choices in life that will make a positive difference in their lives.Ntili urged the learners to appreciate and use the privileges of having such opportunities of being exposed to career choices.According to Kumba mine, education will always remain one of the key focus areas for Kumba, thus they continue to avail the various bursary programmes for local learners in order to provide them with the educational tools for tertiary education. “The career day is an added initiative to expose and give career guidance to learners in the various fields of work they can venture into when fur-thering their studies,” said Yvonne Mfolo of Anglo American through a statement.National TV celebrity and artist ProVerb motivated the learners to follow their dreams and afford themselves career options in life. “Where you are from is no excuse not to achieve success. “Your parents determine where you come from, but only you can determine where you are going in life,” he said. He shared his educational journey with the learners in the hope of creating awareness around the choices the learners can make. “Do not deny yourself options. Now is the time to take full advantage of the opportunities at school and excel in your studies so that you can one day become a doctor or an engineer,” he said. Kumba expressed pride in the partnership that made the event a success with the intention of preparing the youth in their surroundings for a brighter future and making them believe in themselves.Various exhibitors who were applauded for their presence on the day are Petra Diamonds, Barloworld Equipment, loveLife, the Department of Roads and Public Works, NCR FET Kathu campus, FBI Chef School and Hospitality Academy, Unisa, Boston College, Sol Plaatje Municipality, Northern Cape Department of Education, Department of Water and Sanitation, BME, Standard Bank and The Maths Centre.