Authority inducts Project Naledi bursars

Luzamo Sandlana

 

A group of TCTA bursary holders and interns have been afforded exposure to the intricacies of the business through a two-day induction session that included a tour of one of the Authority’s infrastructure projects.


TCTA runs a bursary scheme, Project Naledi, and an internship programme. The two aim to provide youth with career opportunities in the water-related sectors.


The session took place on 30-31 October and aimed to ensure that the inductees gained a full understanding of TCTA and shared experiences. On the first day, the Authority provided members of the group with an opportunity to go
through their contracts, seek clarifications or raise any concerns they may have with the scheme.


The feedback was generally positive, with just one issue raised about the turnaround time in responding to applications for the programme. “I am very grateful for this opportunity,” said one of the bursars Tshepang Mampa. 


“My only concern is the time it took to receive that phone call that changed my life.” HR official Nomvula Mhlambi, who facilitated the session, acknowledged the concern raised and promised that TCTA is working on improving the turnaround times in responding to applicants.


Several TCTA officials availed themselves on the first day to share their knowledge and motivate the group. Andries Thebe gave a presentation on
TCTA’s core business while Felecia Burns explained the benefits the Authority
provides its employees. 


Other officials who made presentations were Richard Holden, and Hlumisa
Ngele who respectively spoke on the water value chain and HR policies. Hasan Ali gave a motivational talk.


On day two, the group toured the Eastern Basin of Acid Mine Drainage facility.

 

Site manager Roelof van Wyk led the excursion and answered the questions the inductees posed about when the project started, its aims and completion date.


TCTA introduced Project Naledi in 2008. The scheme provides its beneficiaries with money for tuition, study material, accommodation, meals and a monthly stipend.


Further, the Authority mentors the bursars throughout their studies and, upon completion, provides them with work experience in the form of internships.

 

Currently, TCTA has six interns and the same number of bursars –the numbers it hopes to increase in due course.

Nomvula Mhlambi presents on Project Naledi

Bursars and interns at AMD treatment plant

Bursars and interns, together with TCTA officials