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More than 1200 pupils from schools in and around Zebediela, Limpopo, benefited from a successful career guidance workshop and exhibition that was held at Reholegile High School in Mogoto on Friday.
Speakers spoke about various career options. They encouraged pupils to pursue mathematics and science streams.
The workshop was organised by Mogoto Community Development Council (MCDC), a non-governmental organisation that strives to uplift different communities economically and socially.
Delivering the keynote address, Limpopo MEC for education Aaron Motsoaledi urged pupils to strive for perfection in their studies. Motsoaledi also urged teachers to guide pupils in the fields they want to pursue.
"I am pleased to stand in front of you today and talk about career guidance. It is our duty as government to be here and encourage you to study hard and be successful in whatever you intend doing," Motsoaledi said.
Pupils were given an opportunity to ask questions and the MEC responded. There were other speakers from different government departments. They spoke about bursary opportunities available from their departments to pupils.
Sowetan was also represented at the workshop and many pupils showed a great deal of interest in pursuing journalism as a profession.
"It is our responsibility as Sowetan to be here and encourage you in your studies. You are our future leaders. We wish you the best of luck in your studies," Frank Maponya, Sowetan's Limpopo bureau chief, told the pupils.
Senior journalist Khangale Makhado also spoke to the pupils and advised them on how to become journalists.
Sowetan also gave the pupils free copies of the newspaper in a bid to encourage them to read. They were also given Sowetan's T-shirts and caps which they proudly wore throughout the event.
A happy Mmalesaka Mashakoe, MCDC spokesman, described the workshop as a "roaring success".
She stressed that they were committed to organising many more such workshops to benefit as many pupils as possible in the area.
"We held another workshop at Nkgalabe High School in Mogoto in March. The response was very good. That is why we decided to organise another one today," Mashakoe said.
"I thank everyone, including Sowetan, for being here. We will continue to engage all the stakeholders to be part of our mission," she added.