Coega maths, science programme for students

2016-10-05 06:00
Tembelani Tsaka and Nontobeko Sinuka both attended the Coega maths and science programme and are furthering their studies at NMMU.             PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Tembelani Tsaka and Nontobeko Sinuka both attended the Coega maths and science programme and are furthering their studies at NMMU. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) says all beneficiaries of its maths and science programme and the recipients of the Coega bursary are progressing well in their journey to obtain higher educational qualifications to get better opportunities in critical fields like engineering, science and technology.

The CDC established the maths and science programme, one of its CSI programmes contributing to the community in terms of education, skills development, and it has yielded more pupils undertaking studies in science, engineering and technology, thereby reducing the gap between supply of and demand for critical and scarce skills.

“The long-term objective of the organisation’s participation in empowering young minds specifically through education, training and skills development is to increase the quality and quantity of young professionals who can become the next generation of specialists in different strategic fields with innovative minds and critical skills,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC unit head marketing and communications.

Nontobeko Sinuka (20) and Tembelani Tshaka (20) are among the students who have benefited.

They both showed potential in terms of their growth and learning.

Since joining the programme they have managed to get good marks, propelling them into the top five students for the 2015 class receiving a Coega bursary to study further.

Ntobsie, as she is affectionately known by her peers, is studying industrial engineering at the Nelson Mandela University.

She highlights that among her goals is to work for one of the South African top companies, with plans to one day own her own company and create jobs for more young people.

“The fact that the programme was free of charge was a dream come true to me as neither of my parents is working,” she said.

“The programme didn’t just help me upgrade my matric results, I was also awarded a bursary which made it possible for me to study at university.”

Tembelani Tshaka, from Motherwell in Port Elizabeth, was raised by a single mother in a two-bedroom house with three siblings.

He is studying for a BSc in construction economics: quantity surveying, also at NMMU.

“Coega’s maths and science programme is a place where you discover your true potential. In my life I never imagined myself obtaining a distinction in maths until Coega’s MSP made it possible,” Tembelani said.

“In light of the CDC’s pipeline projects, which include energy, chemicals, metals, automotive to mention but a few, it is important to support young people and empower them with skills that will help with a skills base for the Eastern Cape and, broadly, that of the country,” Vilakazi said.

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