15 July 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Girl child exposed to work environment

by: Amogelang Motlhabane   date: 08 june 2018

As part of the Cell C’s annual initiative of “Take a Girl Child to Work”, the Department of Finance, hosted 13 girls from various schools around Mahikeng to expose them to a real workplace environment. 

The learners spent the day in different units of the department and interacted with employees who enlightened them about different career paths and also the mandate of the Finance Department in the province. 

Head of Department, Ndlela Kunene, welcomed the learners and encouraged them to use the day to their benefit and learn as much as possible as the department was dedicated to training and building future leaders. 

As part of the 2018 activities, the department took a different approach and hosted learners whose parents were employed in the department, particularly at lower levels such as cleaners and general workers. Besides being exposed to the workplace, the rationale was to encourage girls to aspire to greatness in future and help them understand that they could do anything they set their mind to.

“Your parents are employed in the department to ensure that one day you become part of the corporate world and build a bright future for yourselves. You will be introduced to different career paths that you choose according to your interest,” Kunene said.

A Grade 11 learner from Golf View Combined School, Thero Makhura, said she would like to pursue a career in Chartered Accountancy. Makhura was afforded an opportunity by the department to shadow the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) where she learned about financial management. The mandate of the Provincial Treasury convinced her that she had made a right choice by aspiring to study towards a qualification in Accounting. 

“I am so fortunate and thankful because I have met and was mentored by the department’s CFO, Riaad Soofie, who told me about his journey to becoming a CFO and that I should believe in myself because I can become what I put my mind to,” Makhura said.
 
At the end of the day, Deputy Director of the Transformation Programme, Mompati Ngakantsi, urged learners to study hard in order to have a better future. 

“I am certain that today has exposed you to the real workplace environment and various services of the department. You are better informed about your future career choices. You have gained information that will assist you to build a bright future for yourselves,” Ngakantsi said. 
 
The girl learners were given certificates of participation and gift packs containing pens and a Casio scientific calculators.