Cape Town:- On 3 and 5 April 2017 Go for Gold hosted a Holiday Programme for Phase Ones in Western Cape. On 3 April 2017 the students enjoyed a talk by one of our partner companies, dhk Architects and on 5 April the Grade 12 students visited two construction sites. One Grade 12 group that went to a partner company’s site in Malmesbury to see how road works and a another site around bridge-building.  The other group went to Strand to view operations at a housing development site as well as a development at a beachfront site that involved the building of a retainer wall.

They found the experience interesting and very informative.  Not only did they enjoy the novel experience, but also expressed both excitement and feelings of inspiration about the various options available to them.

Gauteng:- Students in both grades participated in the Star Schools 5 day’s Academic programme which included 2 days of the Life Skills/Leadership Development training. Go for Gold had 4 facilitators running the Life Skills/Leadership Development workshops for all Go for Gold Phase One students and Star Schools students.

The Go for Gold’s 25 Grade 12s went for their first site visit. The Grade 12s were divided into 2 groups to visit 2 sites, one group went to our partner company NMC Construction’s sites to expose students to civil engineering and the other went to view mechanical engineering at a plant Aveng-Grinaker LTA are working on. The students could choose which site they’d prefer and were excited and happy to go on site for the first time.

Port Elizabeth:- The holiday programme ran over the first four days of the Easter holidays. We used the Missionvale Campus for extra Maths and Science classes. The Psychology department ran a workshop for the Grade 12s called Shape-up which was fun, informative as it gave the learners an opportunity to get to know themselves better and included making a small blackboard in different shapes.

Site visits took place between 3 and 6 April 2017 for Grade 11 included NMMU Engineering Department where they took a tour hosted by the Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre to be exposed to the research conducted on automotive manufacturing and also shown the industrial element of engineering. They also did a Labco Tour around the most technically advanced civil engineering materials testing laboratories in the country.

Grade 12 visited ID Control to see how a mechatronics manufacturing company operates; Jendamark about the role of engineers as key account managers and MC Design to see mechanical and electrical engineering; and Hansen Engineering for a health and safety presentation for assembly lines and the role of quality assurance.