Medupi reaches out

Learners lining up at the entrance of the visitors centre at Medupi
Learners lining up at the entrance of the visitors centre at Medupi

LEPHALALE — During the week of 11 – 14 October 2016, Medupi site was filled with the smiling faces of Lephalale learners. They were thrilled to see the massive cranes, and so many construction vehicles and workers in one place.
The project hosted 1 743 learners and 28 educators from 24 high schools in the Lephalale area and the Waterberg District of Limpopo Province.
The Medupi School’s Outreach Programme (MSOP) was initiated in 2011 as part of engaging local Lephalale learners in the activities of the project.
The main purpose of the programme is to expose learners to possible career options within the construction industry. This includes, but is not limited to, Project Management, Construction Management, Health, Safety and Environment, Manufacturing, Planning, Finance and Procurement, Stakeholder Management and Communications, Engineering and Science, Human Resources and Management.
MSOP is organised in consultation with the three educational circuits within Lephalale: Ellisras, Phalala South and Phalala North. Lizzy Mashaba, (18) from Phegelelo High School, who was visiting Medupi site for the first time, said that she has learned a lot about the career options that one can pursue to make a contribution on such a large construction project.
When giving a word of welcome, Mr Thabiso Tongase, Medupi Human Resources Officer, encouraged learners to focus all their energy towards getting their qualifications. He says it is always difficult to find the right people, especially female candidates, for projects like Medupi, from within Lephalale.
The site evacuation procedure and safety inductions were facilitated by the Safety Risk Management Department. Learners were then taken for a site tour on buses. One of the highlights of the programme was a snake display and environmental awareness talk, presented by the site snake catcher, Marius Koekemoer. Koekemoer explained the types of venomous and non-venomous snakes and most importantly, he shared tips on how to react when you come across snakes. After the site tour, learners were treated to a sumptuous meal and later returned safely to their various schools.
Since the inception of the programme, over 7 000 learners from regional schools have had the privilege to participated in MSOP.
This would not have been possible without the help and support of Lephalale education authorities and schools. The project team thanks them for their continued support, and looks forward to keep on making a difference in the surrounding communities.