A total of 48 Grade 10 learners and eight (8) educators representing 25 high schools from Palala North, Palala South and Ellisras Circuits will be participating in the second intake of the Medupi Winter Career Expo Programme hosted by Eskom Medupi Station Project in Lephalale.
The Medupi Winter Career Expo Programme (MWCEP) was launched in June 2017 with the Department of Education, Local Government and Media in attendance. The MWCEP is an intensive mentorship programme designed to expose Grade 10 learners to a variety of career options within Eskom. Learners are placed at different departments within the project and allocated to mentors (project employees) for the duration of the programme. This year’s learners will receive additional mathematics and physical science classes which will be offered by the project employees.
Participating learners are drawn from 20 High Schools within the municipal demarcation of Lephalale in the Waterberg district of Limpopo. Each school is required to submit two names of the best performing Mathematics and Physical Science Grade 10 learners. Qualifying learners are expected to spend the June/July holidays at the project. The project provides accommodation, meals and transport during the period of the programme. This inaugural annual programme is expected to run for a period of three weeks during the winter vacations.
During the launching ceremony Ellisras Circuit Manager of Education Phuti Mabotja said “I want you to realise that you are champions as you are the chosen few as they only choose two learners from each school. This is a stepping stone to the rest of your future. When you leave here, you are going to make informed decisions about what you’re going to do”.
Zandi Shange, Senior Construction Manager of Medupi Project said that Eskom is their pride as once it is complete it will be the 4th largest power station in world. “You are here to be a trailblazer for your own life, I’m proud to be in your mist”. Shange said the Medupi Project Director who was not present due to other commitments mentioned that he didn’t want young people not to experience the work environment in Lephalale. Shange concluded by quoting Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.