WILD Coast Sun Resort and Casino hosted Grade 12 pupils from the surrounding schools last week in commemoration of Youth Month and the youth of 1976 who played a pivotal role in South Africa’s democracy.
The event was organised by the Eastern Cape Gambling Board in partnership with the Mbizana Trust, Wild Coast Sun and Mbizana Local Municipality in a bid to assist the youth in dealing with struggles that affects the youth today. The presentation focused on the study and mastery of science and technology in the 21st century. The theme of the day was, “Youth Moving South Africa forward”.
Myan Moodley, Wild Coast Sun Resort and Casino general manager, opened with a powerful speech quoting the importance of education and the youth’s contribution to what South Africa will become in the future.
The most important speakers of the day were Akhona Bongwa, a 22-year-old slots technician intern who is finishing her tertiary qualification in electrical engineering, and the reigning Miss Eastern Cape, Zimi Mabunzi, who both serve as living testament that hard work and focus pays off.
There was communication as pupils got a chance to ask the speakers questions and advice on certain life challenges they come across. Edutainment on responsible gambling and awareness on problematic gambling, courtesy of National Responsible Gambling Foundation, took centre- stage as the day drew to an end and pupils were treated to lunch at Chico’s.
Ntlantla Dlamini a Grade 12 pupil from Marelane Senior Secondary said she gained a lot from the speakers.
“I felt motivated knowing that I will be able to make a living after school not by only seeking a job, but by starting my own business creating employment for others.
“I will use the knowledge and skills from tertiary not only to further a career, but to develop South Africa,” she said.