Plett’s first ever career expo a success
A blog by Wandisile Sebezo
About 218 young pupils and matriculants, mainly from Plett’s two public high schools; Murray High and Plett Secondary, took part in Plettenberg Bay’s first ever career expo at Piesang Valley Hall last Thursday (27July 2017). The career expo was organised by Khula Africa Commercials, a skills training and development based company led by Phakamile Sebezo under the theme- “Choose Your Path”.
Khula Africa has partnered with Plett Tourism, which is the main funder of the event, other partners includes Bitou Municipality and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). Exhibitors at the event were amongst others; Nelson Mandela University, South Cape College, Tsiba Business College, UNISA, Francois Ferriera Hospitality School, Africa Skills College, Standard Bank, Face Your Fears Adrenalin and others.
Speakers at the event was the Mayor of Bitou, Cllr Peter Lobese who offered the opening remarks and also took the opportunity to motivate the students, and the keynote speaker was Mr Sifiso Mtsweni who is the chairperson of the NYDA. Amongst other dignitaries in attendance was the ward 6 Cllr Sandiso Gcabayi.
Students at the expo had an opportunity to talk to industry leaders, and interacted with the various institutions of higher learning. They received study packs, application forms and information on how to apply for funding and bursaries.
For Plett’s first ever career expo, it was a success, and one that needs to be supported by local businesses in future. The organisers have assured me that this will be an annual event, and as the Mayor said- we need to invest in our young people so that they can come back and develop our communities for the better. The Mayor committed to increase the value of the municipal bursary scheme and also up the number of beneficiaries this year, so progress has been made. The Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Mtsweni has also promised to avail his support for any youth related programs that will need resources and support, again, progress has been made.
Local businesses are urged to take interests in such programs, for the sustainability of Plett’s economy, these young people must be able to come back and be job creators so that the local economy can grow.
Khula Africa has been doing developmental programs in Plett for the last three years, such programs includes; Plett Tourism Educational Tours and Kwano Indigenous Games amongst others. If you would like to be part or support such initiatives in whatever form, you can contact Phakamile Sebezo at 072 543 9502.