Transnet Cares was afforded a golden opportunity towards the end of 2013 to shadow the Education Portfolio management so we could get a sneak peek into the selection process of the Transnet Foundation Orphaned Youth Education Development Programme (OYEDP) on behalf of our valued readership.
The day began with the transportation of a group of 31 learners from Cyferkuil, Temba, Hammanskraal, and Soshanguve, Garankuwa in the North West, Braamfischerville and Dobsonville in Gauteng to Prestige College in Hammanskraal. The learners were put through their paces as they sat for Maths and English tests and were interviewed by the portfolio’s Senior Manager Theresa Moila. During the interviews most learners claimed that the English test was easy, boldly indicated that they had obtained a 100% pass. On the other hand, many viewed Mathematics as being difficult but were positive they would still get the pass mark.
Some of the shining examples from the interviews include learners such as Katlego Madiope from Braamfischerville. Katlego is a bright spark who loves to innovate! (Never use more than one exclamation mark please) At the age of 13, he produces CD’s for his church and the Glorious Day Care Centre in Braamfischerville. Katlego wants to be a mechanical engineer and would like to join Transnet after studies.
Amogelang Mahlangu, a 13 year old from Braamfischerville also showcased his artistic talent by drawing two portraits of people at Prestige College. Amogelang wants to be artist in order to apply his trade.
Emily Ramonyai from Braamfischerville is an intelligent young person who has been awarded 8 certificates for academic achievement and 5 trophies.
Kelebogile Seremane from North West said: “I want to become a lawyer in order to serve justice in South Africa. I am ready and willing to perform to the best of my ability in order to achieve my goal”.
“I am in awe of these ambitious young South Africans who want to improve their quality of life through education. They made the selection of the final number of learners required for the programme even more difficult because sadly we can only accept 20 learners into the programme”, the Senior Manager said.
Johan Engelbrecht and Portia Moatshe, the two learners who are currently on the programme also rose to the occasion and assisted during the testing. Before the tests started they addressed the learners and motivated them to do their best in the tests. They served meals and were on hand to assist anyone who needed help during the day.
The passionate Moila could not hide her joy, “I was nearly moved to tears just watching the two young people in action. I was humbled to see the level of maturity and leadership qualities in them. They both shone brighter than stars and their positive energy and willingness to serve moved me. I felt so gratified that within a few months of being part of the youth programme, these two young people had achieved tremendous growth”.
In conclusion Moila expressed gratitude. “We would like to heartily thank Gwen Williams from ISASA for conducting the selection tests. We also express gratitude to Prestige College for their generosity in spirit for hosting us and providing learners and staff to assist during the day. For the learners who did not make into the programme, we thank you for participating in the selection tests and wish you well in your future endeavours. You are all sharp minds that will go far in life. To the new recruits for the programme, we cannot wait to welcome you to the Transnet Foundation family early in December in preparation for the long but worthwhile journey ahead.’’
All in all it was a successful day and the Transnet cares Facebook page was abuzz with loads of information and photos on the events of the day. Learners went back home content and gave very positive feedback to their schools and families.