Yamkela Puza with his aunt Nompumelelo Puza and granny Thobeka Hilda Puza at the the Go for Gold Awards Ceremony

Over 150 learners and students from poor communities across Cape Town, who are part of the Go for Gold Education to Employment programme, took a step closer to achieving their dream of studying engineering, quantity surveying or another technical qualification, when they took centre stage at the 2014 Go for Gold Awards Ceremony.

“Our annual awards ceremony is a wonderful celebration of the incredible commitment and determination shown by the majority of our Go for Gold learners who, despite their generally poor socio-economic circumstances, grab hold of the opportunity to get a tertiary education by diligently attending extra classes and working hard to improve their marks,” says Go for Gold Programme Director, Patti Bruyns.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer added her endorsement of the Go for Gold programme and praised the participants for their dedicated efforts.

“This is a fantastic initiative that ties in with the Western Cape Government’s strategy of retaining as many learners in the system as possible, providing excellence in education and aligning our education with the needs of the economy,” she said.

Yamkela Puza, a student at Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School, Mfuleni, who received an award for maintaining an 81% aggregate in Mathematics and Physical Science for the past two years, described what Go for Gold has done for him.

“I for one will make that history as an ordinary guy from the ordinary township of Mfuleni. I will pave the path and become a good example to other hopeless young people out there,” he said.