Underberg pupils get maritime career opportunity

2015-12-14 09:00
Clouds of Hope Children Care Centre’s (from left) Tsepang Mhlakoana, Bongane Mhlakoana and Ntsidiseng Jama have been given the chance to pursue their studies in the maritime sector.

Clouds of Hope Children Care Centre’s (from left) Tsepang Mhlakoana, Bongane Mhlakoana and Ntsidiseng Jama have been given the chance to pursue their studies in the maritime sector. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Three youngsters from the Clouds of Hope Children Care Centre in Underberg have been granted an opportunity to pursue careers in the maritime sector.

Nstidiseng Jama (18), who has been living at Clouds for five years, says this restored her hope. “I had no idea as to how I was going to continue with my studies. I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity, “ said Jama.

Before coming to Clouds Jama lived with her grandmother. “My aunt brought me here because of the way things were back home. Here I found myself a second home,” she said.

Bongane Mhlakoana (19) came to Clouds when she was 10 year old after her mother got sick. Their mother could not afford to look after her children and Mhlakoana was moved to Clouds with her brothers and sisters.

“This is a huge opportunity for me. It has opened my eyes to the different careers out there,” said Mhlakoana. “Leaving the Clouds will be hard. Nobody to follow after you and tell what to do.

“We are now forced to grow up and face the real world. It will not be easy but I am sure it will be worth it,” she said.

Tsepang Mhlakoana (18), who is Bongane’s sister, was another recipient. “I came into Clouds when I was nine years old. The idea of leaving everyone I grew up with behind scares me,” she said.

But, she adds, she fell in love with a maritime career the first time she heard about it.

“I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Accounting was my first choice but I changed my mind,” she added.

They will be attending the Cape Peninsula University of Technology at Granger Bay to further their maritime studies.

General manager of Clouds and Hope Children Care Centre, Steven Page said: “This bursary is awarded to our high school’s best achievers.

“Pupils who are not just good academically, but who are self-motivated and hard workers.

“Transnet sent us a request and we gave them the names of those we thought were capable. We do not push any of them to pick careers. Some turned it down. We are happy be able to help these pupils continue their studies.”

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