Idah Rakale and Eugene Modise recently held the 6th annual Idah Rakale’s matric awards at Mzansi Resorts / Former Morula Sun in Mabopane North of Pretoria, sponsored by Eugene Modise Foundation, Mabopane, Winterveldt and Klipgat taxi association (MAWIKTA), First National Bank and Toyota. The awards are organized to celebrate the best performing students from the Tshwane West District who were laptops, tablets and free dental check gifts.
Zanele Mthembu chairperson from Tshwane West District said “it is important for the children to remember where their coming from and they achieved the results got because they’re born from households of achievers, they should not be ashamed of their backgrounds. She also advised the students to be their own chair leaders so that they can be able to do everything on time without anyone reminding them. She advised the students to focus on their studies when they arrive at the institutions of higher learning. “
Khutso Molekwa the Manager from First National Bank Mabopane Central City branch told the students about the various careers that are available within the banking industry which require a National qualification framework of level 5 which is a higher certificate, which once obtained can be used to study further. If their unable to get the certificate they can apply for learnerships which will see them being trained for a year afterwards they would be employed permanently by that branch. She further said that the bank provides educational loan which the parents will only be paying the interest and the remaining amount of the loan will be paid by child when he or she gets employed.
Molekwa urged the parents to start saving money for the education of their children, they should minimize buying takeaways daily at work and they can start by saving R200 every week. She also advised the students that they put must not themselves under unnecessary pressure once they get employed after graduating by buying lavish things which lends them in trouble in the long run because they will be unable to pay their accounts properly.
Keynote speaker Eugene Modise said that “We need to change our nation and the only way to do that is through education, teachers must also be given they all the tools they need to do their work and that bill of rights has become a blessing in disguise because some teachers have withdrawn due to the unruly behavior of children and some parents have become bullies too and it becomes evident when they join the school governing body committee (SGB).”