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Career guidance for young females
​As part of the City’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative,
more than 100 young female learners from various eThekwini
high schools spent the day with several Municipal offi cials on
26 May, to get more insight on their chosen prospective career.

MORE than 100 young eThekwini female learners from various high schools were left highly motivated and rearing to pursue their career choices after spending the day with Municipal officials from different departments.

The young girls, who were part of the City’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative got a rare opportunity on 26 May, when they spent the day with Municipal professionals from their chosen prospective career. As part of the programme the learners also learnt valuable business acumen from two female executives from the City’s successful entities namely Stella Khumalo CEO of uShaka Marine World and Lindiwe Rakharebe CEO of Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC).

The annual social investment initiative did not only arm young girls with career guidance, but they also received life skills as they were empowered on how to protect themselves when in danger. This comes on the backdrop of the alarming violence targeting young ladies across the  country.

Chairperson of the Community Services Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase said violence against women and children is a societal problem which often leads to devastating and tragic consequences. “We must reignite the spirit of ubuntu in our society, because it is the only way of recognising the fact that as people we need each other and we must protect one another, especially those that are vulnerable.” During the mentoring session, the learners, with the guidance of City officials got to experience a day in a life of employees from the Water and Sanitation unit, Metro Police, eThekwini Maritime Cluster, uShaka Marine World and ICC.

Those interested in law were taken to Ntuzuma Children’s Court to gain first-hand experience of how legal matters are handled. The day, said excited learners, was significant in helping shape their career path. “I learnt so much about water and sanitation and I definitely know that this is the career path I want to pursue after school,” said Nozipho kheso, a Grade 10 learner from Chesterville Secondary School.

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