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Education is a Tool to Break Intergenerational Poverty Cycle – Deputy Minister Magwanishe

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe says education is the most effective tool to wipe out the intergenerational poverty cycle caused by decades of reservation of economic opportunities for sections of the South African society. Magwanishe was addressing high school learners who converged at the Saxon Sea Primary School in Atlantis today for a career expo hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the Western Cape provincial government. The purpose of the expo was to expose learners to various career opportunities offered by the country’s State-Owned Entities.

“Education exclusion was one of the means used in the past to marginalise some sections of our society in order to keep them in perpetual deprivation, poverty and dependence. Today, we are saying education is the tool that you can use to break the intergenerational poverty cycle that has been caused by decades of academic, economic and social exclusion. By acquiring education and empowering yourself with knowledge and information, only the sky is the limit. You will be able to determine your own future. You will be able to extricate yourself from clutches of poverty and unemployment and contribute meaningfully to the betterment of your communities in particular, and South Africa in general,” said Magwanishe

He urged the learners not to allow circumstances to bog them down and determine their future, adding that there are unlimited opportunities that the country’s economy offers for young people.

“With education, determination, perseverance and diligence you can be anything that you are dreaming of becoming in this country. Your background should not determine your future. Where you are is not a destination but a position that you can change if you are prepared to use education to access the opportunities that are abound in this country,” asserted Magwanishe.

He advised learners to select their study fields and careers with a strong consideration for the changing nature of the economic world which is influenced by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“It is important to understand the changing nature of the world economy as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in order to position yourself to take advantage of the opportunities that are created by this change,” advised Magwanishe.

Learners who attended the expo were inspired by the speeches and career opportunities that were presented by various State-Owned Entities including Transnet, Eskom and the South African Airways.

Alice Chadiwa, a 17-year-old Grade 11 learner from Atlantis Secondary School said she was impressed by the pilot who addressed the learners.

“The pilot really encouraged me to pursue my dream of becoming a pilot. He shared very valuable information. I always thought it would be impossible to for me to become what I dreamt of but I now I see it is possible.  I was also inspired by Deputy Minister Magwanishe’s speech when he said that we should not allow our current challenging circumstances to determine our future,” said Chadiwa.

Sive Nojekwa (19), a Proteus Technical High School Grade 12 learner, said he managed to gather valuable information from the West Coast College where he would like to study electrical engineering next year.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and Atlantis learners on a walk-about at the dti career expo in Atlantis.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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