As part of their community outreach on Mandela Day 2018, the Supply Chain Student Association (SCSA) visited Zwelinjani Secondary School near Mariannhill, Durban, to advise pupils about the Supply Chain discipline, reminding them not to allow any obstacles to stand in the way of their education.
The students were accompanied by Supply Chain lecturer, Ms Nomalizo Dyili; Schools Liaison Officer, Mr Morena Tsotetsi; Mr Sibusiso Hlongwa; SRC member, Mr Sbonakaliso Mbanjwa; and representatives from Isibani Matric Upgrading institution.
The group collectively engaged the eager pupils on UKZN’s degree programmes, career opportunities and offered brochures, pamphlets and information booklets about study choices as well as CAO forms. SCSA Chairperson, Ms Zolani Mbindwane, said conducting such school visits was a priority for her organisation as awareness needed to be created about Supply Chain as a career.
‘There is a lot of demand for Supply Chain professionals in the industry which offers a host of career opportunities which is why we want pupils to know about the value and benefits of pursuing this career option before they reach university so that they can plan for their future. We also wanted to share our experiences and realities about university so that learners are better prepared and to let them know that nothing is impossible if they really want to study further. It just takes hard work and dedication,’ said Mbindwane.
The School’s Deputy Principal, Mr Siyabonga Ndlovu, thanked the group for their efforts. ‘Our school is a no fee school which means that most of our pupils’ parents are either unemployed or living just above the poverty line. This means that a number of social ills are prevalent in this area and we need to ensure that the youth get all the positive reinforcement available so they know there is hope for the future. It is my sincere hope that some of our youngsters will benefit immensely from your efforts and we can all work towards changing the situation and helping them make better choices for their future,’ said Ndlovu.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo