On the 28th of August 2015, the Department of Energy in conjunction with the Department of Education hosted the Schools Energy Day at Inqubeko Secondary School.
This event comes at a very relevant time in South Africa, when almost the entire country has been affected by the load-shedding and limited raw material production predicament. More than 450 learners from the Mkhondo, Wakkerstroom and Amsterdam Circuits attended the event.
Learners were provided with career guidance, informed about bursaries and learnership opportunities available within the energy sector, as well as given an overview of what the energy sector entails. Various presentations pertaining to the Electricity Value Chain, Oil Industry Value Chain, Clean Energy Value Chain and the Nuclear Energy Value Chain were done, with the aim of arousing an interest among the learners, to pursue careers in these different fields. After the presentations, learners were taken around the venue to view exhibitions displayed by the Department of Energy, Eskom and Sasol.
Much emphasis was given on how these companies apply energy when producing or providing a service to the consumer. In a press release supplied to us by Mr Motha from Inqubeko Secondary School, the Circuit Manager, Mr. MB Mdlalose, expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the Department of Energy for choosing Mkhondo to be the host of this prestigious event. He also felt that this campaign was of great benefit to the learners and is bound to possibly re-direct their career interest towards this sector.