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Hlengiwe Cele 
Touching lives, one girl at a time – job shadowing and career mentorship

The WRC takes pride in having provided job shadowing for four Techno Girls who were among the best performers in the class of 2015 matrics.  

Rachel Phiri, Rorisang Molefe, Tshiamo Moahloli and Ofentse Mazibuko joined the WRC in 2012 while they were still doing Grade 9 at Babinaputi Junior Secondary School in Soshanguve.  The aim was to help them make sense of the careers they might want to pursue after they finished matric in 2015.  To do this, they visited the WRC for one week each school holiday as part of the Government's Techno Girl programme.

This arrangement worked well for Rachel who, upon receipt of her examination marks recently, wrote to the WRC and said, “It is such an honour to be amongst the top-performing students that were accepted on merit to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg and also to get a reputable company such as BP as my bursar.”  While sharing the news, Rachel confirmed that all her Techno Girl peers have done well, with distinctions in their results.

The Techno Girl programme was initiated by the then Department of Women and Children and People with Disabilities in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, and supported by UNICEF, to create opportunities for schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 to follow a structured job shadowing programme within various companies subscribing to the programme. The implementation agent was UWESO Consulting, an NGO placing girls in the subscribing organisations.

The Techno Girl job-shadowing programme empowers girl learners from under-privileged schools to take up careers in science-related fields with an emphasis on Maths, Physics, Engineering and Technology as areas of study with less representation of women. The initiative identifies schoolgirls from previously disadvantaged communities and places them in a corporate mentorship and skills development programme.

“Offering job-shadowing to girl learners forms part of the WRC strategy to build capacity and promote gender equality in South Africa.  We congratulate our Techno Girls for their excellent performance and wish them all the best in their career endeavours,” said WRC CEO, Mr Dhesigen Naidoo.  

Thanks is offered for the support provided by WRC staff, as well as researchers from organisations such as the CSIR and Tshwane Daspoort Wastewater Works, who took their time to practically engage the girls during their tenure at the WRC.

Article compiled by: H Cele Stakeholder Liaison email: hlengiwec@wrc.org.za

From left : Tshiamo Moahloli, Rachel Phiri, Ofentse Mazibuko and Rorisang Molefe
Techno Girls at Daspoort Wastewater Treatment Works in Tshwane
Techno Girls learning about sanitation technologies at the CSIR , Pretoria
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