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Career information session at Mabatlane Thusong Services Centre

Mabatlane Thusong Services Centre

“The government has decided to come in your area to make you aware of the open doors of opportunities meant for you” these are words of acting administration Officer Ms. Johanna Mafora at a career guidance workshop held on Wednesday 28th September at Mabatlane Thusong Service Centre in Vaalwater village outside Modimolle. The career guidance was a joint initiative formed by multiple government institutions to uproot corruption and substance abuse amongst school learners. The joint included Department of Agriculture, department of Social Development and the Department of National Treasury In her speech Ms. Mafora told the audience that Vaalwater village is one of the remote rural areas affected by abstract poverty, crime and high rate of HIV/AIDS infection. Her concern was that pupils drop out of school for short term employment such as waiters, farm workers and gardeners.

The department of agriculture through the Human Resource Development (HRD) section also presented about the Department’s bursary scheme aimed at funding the pupils who does well in their final year of matric results from disadvantaged background. Alfred Moimane HRD officer at Waterberg and Ms. Mahlaule Rose deputy manager HRD informed learners about different career paths which the Department is willing to fund any learner who chooses to continue with at the post matric studies at institutions of higher education. Just like the other Departments, Agriculture also raised a concern of lack of interest by the pupils in applying for the bursaries available at the department offices throughout the district. Mr. Moimane said that “Agriculture wants to pick you up,would you believe that last year we had only eleven applications submitted out of all hundreds of forms we distributed through schools in the district”. He appealed to all the learners who were available to make sure that as soon as the forms are out they should apply in large numbers to oust the number of the previous year.

Ms Mahlaule appealed to the teachers to come and collect bursary forms for the learners when they are available. “From now on our department will be having mobile offices in your village where you can access bursary forms and any other information you would like to know, we are only waiting for the delivery” said Ms Mahlaule. The teachers and learners were filled with joy after they were told that an attempt to bring agricultural offices in their village has succeeded. Ms.Lekota Mokgadi a teacher at the Leseding High School said that she believes the learners would never struggle to find information about careers offered by the agriculture department. “We had a challenge that some of the learners’ end up not knowing what to do at tertiary, now this has to be a yesterday matter, because relevant people to workshop them is nearer now”.

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