An informative careers exhibition is set to take place on 22 July 2019 at the Port of Mossel Bay, among other activities planned by Transnet National Port Authority in July to commemorate Nelson Mandela Month.
The free event, called the Garden Route Careers Exhibition, will include over 30 exhibitors comprising education institutes, government departments/agencies and corporates. They will showcase information and opportunities related to careers, bursaries, employment, mentorship, graduate recruitment, internships, training and skills development for more than 1000 grade 9 to 12 learners from the Garden Route, who are expected to attend. The exhibition is also open to the unemployed and general public.
The exhibition will be preceded by the Launch of a Literacy Centre on 18 July 2019 at Isalathiso Primary, one of TNPA’s adopted primary schools, which was made possible through a collaboration between TNPA and Heart- to- Heart Care Centre. To promote literacy, Transnet National Ports Authority employees will volunteer to teach children how to read, and the Port of Mossel Bay will be donating much needed stationery for the new centre.
Nelson Mandela month commemorative activities will conclude on 30 July 2019, when the Port of Mossel Bay hands over two Smart Boards to Great Brak Primary School along with sanitary pads collected at the recent Port of Mossel Bay Charity Fishing competition which raised R7000 and 200 packs of pads.
Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange, said all port activities were geared toward benefitting local youth. “TNPA’s corporate social investment (CSI) focus on education is a driving force behind our commitment to meet the needs of our community and empower the youth. Giving back to the communities in which we operate is ingrained in TNPA’s culture and we feel honoured that we are in a position to follow Madiba’s lead and shape the lives of our future leaders,” he said.
“We also appreciate the collaborative approach and partnership the Port has received from Nestlé and the Mossel Bay Municipality to make this annual event a success. The youth of our community require not only government support, but also for business to intentionally join hands with government to tackle unemployment, poverty and skills development,” he added.
Other local education initiatives include TNPA’s two adopted high schools – Indwe High School and Hillcrest High School – where it intends to fund programmes that aim to improve performance in Mathematics and Science, which are needed for a number of mission critical careers in the ports and other industries.
The port also adopted three primary schools – Isalathiso, Imekhaya and Garden Route Primary schools – where it conducts ongoing outreach programmes aimed at enhancing early childhood development through open days, campaigns and initiatives that expose young learners to marine related careers and awareness campaigns that teach them how to protect and conserve the environment.
For its Mandela Day programme TNPA is once again encouraging employees who volunteer for causes in their personal time, to nominate organisations they wish to support through the company’s Mandela Day activities. Charitable causes set to benefit will range from youth centres, schools, children’s and old age homes, to palliative care organisations, informal settlements and more.