(Port Elizabeth) – High school pupils from Port Elizabeth’s Motherwell have been given a rare glimpse into careers in maritime thanks to a mentoring initiative aimed at young men in grades eight to 11.
As part of the “Man in The Making” initiative Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), Tracker SA and the SABC hosted pupils from Douglas Mbopha, Jolobe High and Masiphatisane High last week (March 17) at the Ngqura Container Terminal at Coega.
During the one-day programme the three high schools were exposed to the working world of Transnet Port Terminals by shadowing the appointed TPT male role models in the fields of Engineering, Logistics and Supply Chain and Operations. According to Thabata, this initiative forms part of Transnet Port Terminals CSI drive aimed at developing and transforming the socio-economic status of previously disadvantaged communities.
Terminal Managers from TPT’s planning, operations, procurement and technical departments dedicated their day to mentoring the pupils in a joint initiative aims to empower and develop teenagers by introducing them to positive role models, giving them career guidance and exposing them to the working world.
As Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) Manager, Noxolo Thabatha, put it: “We have an obligation to educate and positively impact the lives of boy children so that they grow up to be responsible citizens and future leaders of our country.
“TPT already plays a vital role in the growth of our country’s economy, but we also strive to positively impact the communities we operate in – particularly empowering and uplifting those that come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through this initiative, our hope is that we can help raise responsible young men by providing them with access to role models, mentors and skills development.”
Nolwandle Ntshiza, CSI manager at Tracker, said the company realised that “it takes a village to raise a child and this is why we encourage other companies to join the Men in the Making campaign. Working with our partners the SABC, the Department of Basic Education and numerous corporates we are able to provide an impactful and sustainable programme.”