Ca­reer expo aims to help ru­ral pupils

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Hun­dreds of high school pupils and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity at­tended the Dim­baza Youth Ca­reer Expo held at the Moses Twebe Great Hall in Dim­baza, in King Wil­liam’s Town on Satur­day.

Kuyasa, Archie Velile, Lukhozi, Richard Vara and Em­fundweni high school pupils at­tended the expo.

The ca­reer expo was made pos­si­ble by Ubuntu Youth De­vel­op­ment, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that is fo­cused on em­pow­er­ing the youth.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s man­ager, Andile Ndevu, said the expo was very well sup­ported.

“The re­sponse was pos­i­tive from both the com­mu­nity and lo­cal schools.

“The ex­cite­ment and joy from pupils at­tend­ing the event brought tears to my eyes,” Ndevu said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion had de­cided to hold the ca­reer expo be­cause there were a lack of such events in ru­ral ar­eas, Ndevu said.

“Some of the pupils shared their frus­tra­tions and dif­fi­cul­ties they have just to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion about avail­able ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“All that is needed is for gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor to con­tinue us­ing such events to go into ru­ral ar­eas and un­cover tal­ent,” Ndevu said.

Among the gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties that ex­hib­ited on the day were the South African Po­lice Ser­vices, Na­tional Youth De­vel­op­ment Agency, Agri­cul­ture Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Author­ity, Health and Wel­fare Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Author­ity, the me­dia, the In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nolo­gies Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Author­ity, the min­ing Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Author­ity, the Trans­port Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Author­ity, the Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme, and the depart­ment of labour.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

CA­REER GUID­ANCE: Pupils ex­am­ine brochures and chat to rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the SAPS stall dur­ing the Dim­baza Youth Ca­reer Expo over the week­end

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