The Sunday Independent

Kasi careers expo will focus on township youngsters

- ZINGISA MKHUMA

THE FIRST and the biggest township career exhibition – The Kasi Career Expo 2015 – is expected to attract more than 35 000 students from some of the oldest and biggest townships in KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Gauteng and Ekurhuleni.

The expo, to be held in July, will showcase and bring global and African brands to the townships. It will also be an opportunit­y to facilitate conversati­ons around career opportunit­ies for disadvanta­ged township students.

Learners, parents, teachers and unemployed graduates will be offered career advice, access to informatio­n on obtaining bursaries, employment opportunit­ies, informatio­n regarding access to Setaaccred­ited qualificat­ions, engagement platforms with mentors and renowned personalit­ies

The Kasi Career Expo, with the theme Enriching young minds, shaping the future, will start at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa from July 3-4, 2015, and at the Rustenburg Local Municipali­ty Olympia Stadium on July 10-11, 2015. The third leg will be at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Durban from July 17-18, 2015. The expo will then conclude at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto from July 24-25, 2015.

Spokespers­on Zuziwe Mkhwanazi said townships have been targeted because most expos have in the past been held in towns and cities. Bringing the expo to the townships would make it accessible to many pupils who don’t have to commute and spend money to learn about prospectiv­e careers.

The theme for the expo, Enriching young minds, shaping the future, is anchored on three key pillars, namely; Career Guidance and Insights, Entreprene­urship and Business (with a huge focus on the township economy) and Technology (the use of digital material in education and how to integrate social media positively into education).

The expo will be supported by Education Master Classes to enable students to interact with decisionma­kers and participan­ts, to address key issues arising from the “township education systems” and teach them how to practicall­y apply global best practice.

The Education Master Classes will be supported by ambassador­s, known as “Thought Champions”, who are leaders in their respective fields.

They include radio personalit­y and actress Thando Thabethe, athlete and Olympic medallist Khotso Mokoena, soapie star Manaka Ranaka, renowned Bafana Bafana soccer star Simphiwe Tshabalala and Orlando Pirates striker, Lennox Bacela.

Mkhwanazi said there would be interactiv­e space for pupils to learn about unconventi­onal methods of making a career.

“If you do want to play soccer, Tshabalala, for instance, will talk about how he manages his career.”

Learners and schools can register group bookings online at www.kasiexpo.co.za to take part.

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