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Port of East London plays host to local girls

Categories: COMPANY NEWS , Employment
The Port of East London opened its doors to 31 girls from local schools for Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day ® 2015 on Thursday, 28 May 2015
The learners were from Gwaba Combined School,Kusile Comprehensive School,Lingelethu High School, Simnikiwe High School, Zweliyandila High School, Moses Mabhida High School, Loyiso Senior Secondary School,Mizamo High School, Sakhisizwe Senior Secondary School and Qhasana Senior Secondary School.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port Manager for the Port of East London, Jacqueline Brown, said: “We participate in this event annually to demonstrate the range of career options available to youngsters who might not have previously considered the maritime field. The industry was previously dominated by males in the past, but we are proud that many of our women now hold senior positions in this field.”

Brown said the learners were mostly from schools the organisation had taken under its wing through its ongoing corporate social investment programme.

These young ladies from our various ‘adopted’ schools attend Saturday classes funded by TNPA as a means of improving their Maths and Science learning. We are proud to have recently extended these classes into the Mdantsane region, with Moses Mabhida High School acting as the hub.”


A number of the learners from TNPA’s adopted schools move on to pursue maritime studies thanks to TNPA bursary programmes at institutions including the Cape University of Technology and Durban University of Technology.

The girls visiting the Port of East London were treated to a careers presentation and a port tour. They visited various departments, boarded the port tugs and interacted with port personnel in numerous exciting positions.

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