Some of the key focus areas for the year ahead include:
- The announcements of some new PROTEC projects on the cards with existing funders and several new funders coming on board – including Dahaher Trust who we welcome to the family.
- PROTEC Chairman, Caskey Ndaba, spoke of “funding as the oxygen of the organization” and to assist in this regard, PROTEC will undergo a revised legal structure to become a Non-Profit Company which will greatly assist in securing international funding. In addition to this, all Branch Managers will receive formal training in June to assist them with their fundraising efforts.
- The launch of new PROTEC school materials that are CAPS compliant and will equip learners for the engineering environment
- A focus on eLearning and the harnessing of technology in education
- The launch of the national Post School and Alumni Programmes through the expansion of the successfully implemented PROTEC Tongaat programmes
An awards ceremony followed where stakeholders were awed by the achievements of some of the top matrics from 2015. They each received impressive prizes consisting of laptops, printers and cash prizes that will no doubt be put to good use in their studies. With the overall excellent achievement of a 97% MATRIC PASS RATE, and 71% BACHELOR PASS RATE, we are proud of all our PROTEC learners. These were the top PROTEC learners for 2015, who deserve special mention:
1 st place – Desilan Govender - 96% (PROTEC Mandeni)
2 nd place – Thapelo Makofane – 94% (PROTEC Nelspruit)
3 rd place – Bongiwe Nkosi – 93% (PROTEC Nelspruit)
- PHYSICAL SCIENCE:
1 st place – Christopher Sibanyoni – 96% (PROTEC Nelspruit)
2 nd place – Minenhle Mbatha – 95% (PROTEC Tongaat)
3 rd place – Desilan Govender – 94% (PROTEC Mandeni)
1 st place – Nomfundo Gwala – 86% (PROTEC Inanda)
2 nd place – Asemahle Mmonelwa – 84% (PROTEC Tongaat)
3 rd place – Melissa Pillay – 84% (PROTEC Umkomaas)
- And overall, TOP LEARNERS with the most number of matric distinctions achieved:
1 st place – Mahesh Shailendra Naidoo – 8 Distinctions (PROTEC Stanger)
2 nd place – Melissa Pillay – 8 Distinctions (PROTEC Umkomaas)
3 rd place – Desilan Govender – 7 Distinctions (PROTEC Mandeni)
WELL DONE, YOU HAVE ALL DONE PROTEC PROUD! There were also moving presentations from post school student, Luyanda Mamane, and PROTEC Alumni, Sabelo Khuzwayo, who through their stories reaffirm the impact that PROTEC is making on the lives of so many disadvantaged learners across South Africa. Thank you to our valued funder, SANLAM, for sponsoring the venue for this event.