550 Learners attend “Go Getters” workshop

For the past two Saturdays the Southern Highveld Community Development Trust (SHCDT), a community social investment initiative of Graceland Hotel Casino & Country Club in Secunda, hosted 550 learners, from 11 schools in the Govan Mbeki municipality, at a “Go Getters” workshop at Graceland.

The SHCDT, which started in 2001, has given over 100 deserving youngsters from the area the opportunity to obtain a tertiary education and achieve their dreams through a hands-on bursary programme and has also run “Go Getters” workshops and “Career Day” programmes for learners in deferent grades, over the years.

Unfortunately, COVID put a stop to the “Go Getters” and “Career Day” programmes for a few years while students in the bursary programme were still supported. With lockdown something of the past the “Go Getters” programme has been reinstated with the first group of 350 Grade 8 to 12 learners from Thomas Nhlabathi Secondary School, Kiriyatswane Secondary School, KI Twala Secondary School, Sizwakele Secondary Schools, Kusasalethu Secondary School, all in Embalenhle and Osizweni Secondary School in Evander attending the first session on Saturday, April 13. A second group of 250 high school learners from Alpheus D Nkosi Secondary School, Ikhethelo Secondary School, Mzinoni Secondary School, all in Bethal and Chief Ampie Mayisa Secondary School and Vukuqhakaze Secondary School in Leandra were hosted on Saturday, April 20 at the resort and casino.

The “Go Getters” event was started by the Trust to inspire high school learners to explore new opportunities, consider study and career options and push themselves beyond their comfort zones. To help achieve the latter these workshops have often featured SHCDT bursary Alumni as speakers and facilitators. By highlighting their (Alumni’s) achievements and have them share their stories of perseverance and hard work, these events also ignite a spark in learners to strive for their own success and pursue their passions with determination.

The past two Saturdays’ workshops were facilitated by the likes of Bongumusa Mavuso, who graduated as a Chemical Engineer in 2014 and is currently working for a company in Limpopo and Mlungisi Mazibuko who graduated last year, also as a Chemical Engineer and is now employed at Sasol, both thanks to a SHCDT Trust bursary. The two shared their stories along with Alumni from other Trusts to foster a sense of motivation and ambition among the attending learners. The facilitators also shared their personal development strategies which hopefully broadened the learners' horizons and encouraged them to think about their future goals.

“The “Go Getters” programme also provides valuable networking opportunities for learners. They can interact with the Alumni, mentors and peers who share similar interests or career aspirations, allowing them to build connections that could be beneficial for their future endeavours,” says SHCDT Manager, Thomas Masango.

“Additionally, these workshops contribute to a positive school culture by promoting a growth mindset and a focus on personal development. When learners see their peers and role models achieving success through dedication and effort, it creates a supportive environment where everyone is encouraged to aim high and work towards their dreams,” adds Masango.

Overall, Go Getters events play a crucial role in shaping learners' mindsets, fostering ambition, and providing them with the tools and inspiration they need to pursue their goals and make meaningful contributions to their communities and beyond.

In addition, the learners who attended the past weekends’ workshops were also able to attend a career expo professionally put together by the staff of Graceland showcasing all the various career opportunities available at the resort and casino.

Graceland staff enthusiastically manned various exhibits and shared what each job entails, skills and qualifications needed and answered questions giving them (the learners) a glimpse of what careers are available from finance, technology and information, safety and security, food and beverage, marketing, maintenance and housekeeping to gaming.

The learners also had some fun during the workshops with a few interactive exercises and were treated to refreshments on arrival and a delicious lunch, including dessert between sessions.

For more information contact:
Thomas Masango – Southern Highveld Community Development Trust Manager
Email: tmmasango@peermont.com
Contact Number/s: 011 928 1822 (w)

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