Expos empower rural learners with career information


Over the months of August and September 2019, TCTA placed singular focus on empowering rural learners with information that will help them make fruitful career choices when they complete their high school studies.


The Authority shared information about study opportunities that it and other public and private bodies offer. 


The roadshow is in partnership with the Rural2Rural Initiative. 


The focus of the workshops was on informing learners about funding that is available for them to further their studies on completion of high school. 


Furthermore, the initiative seeks to motivate and empower these youngsters’  with general life issues.


During August, which is women’s month, the roadshow placed focus on young women learners. 


TCTA officials Florence Ndhundhuma, Dudu Moremi and Nomvula Mhlambi were part of the workshops and shared their life stories and experiences with the learners. 


“Being born in a rural area does not mean your life must end here, there is way more out there for you to take advantage of, and it starts by believing in yourself,” Ms Ndhundhuma told the learners.


Ms Mhlambi excited the learners with her presentation on TCTA’s Bursary and Internship scheme, Project Naledi. 


The Rural2Rural Initiative is an annual campaign that targets all nine provinces across South Africa, but the Authority decided to collaborate with organisers in the areas where its water infrastructure projects are located. These are the provinces of Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. 


Twenty-nineteen is the second year running that TCTA has participated in the initiative. 


The campaign was established to promote and expose real opportunities to individuals around rural communities, especially youth, women and people living with disabilities as well as to develop sustainable partnerships with rural development catalysts. 


Through the campaign’s knowledge management and research department, the Rural2Rural Initiative provides its partners with in-depth knowledge, platforms and networks about the developments of rural communities. 


The organisers have, over the years of running the workshops, developed insights into the challenges and realities facing youth, small businesses and people living with disabilities in the rural communities.