Girls welcomed into ports for #MoreThanADay
12 June 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914841
TRANSNET National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Port of Port Elizabeth recently opened its doors to local pupils once again for this year’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative, giving them insight into the operations of the national port system and the wide range of career opportunities offered.
The girls - from Khumbulani High School, Ndzondelelo High School, Victoria Park High School, Cape Recife High School, Fountain Christian School, St Dominic’s Priory School, Ikhwezi Lomso Comprehensive School and St James High School - enjoyed presentations by various TNPA departments and tours of port control and the harbour tugs.
The Port of East London hosted its Take a Girl Child to Work Day on 6 June and Ngqura will hold its on 14 June.
This year’s theme from host company Cell C encourages participating companies to extend their support to girls further than just a 24-hour window under the hashtag #MoreThanADay. TNPA has heeded the call with the port authority’s head office and eight ports hosting girls in May and June.
TNPA has supported the initiative since inception and has seen the number of participants growing steadily over the past 16 years.
“Through various TNPA programmes aimed at promoting gender equality and women’s development, women are increasingly taking up key operational roles traditionally filled by men, such as dredge masters, tug masters and marine pilots, as well as senior leadership roles,” the authority said in a statement.
The girls hosted by TNPA include employees’ children and previously disadvantaged pupils from schools including the authority’s adopted schools and CSI beneficiaries across the country.
To participate in TNPA’s programme for the day girls must be in grades 9 to 12 and studying English, Pure Mathematics and Physical Science at high school level, as these are required for many of the mission critical roles in the maritime industry.