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Take a girl child to work programme

Cell C” Take a girl Child to work “2016

Vitrovian took part in the annual Cell C “Take a girl child to work ” campaign with an even bigger number of participants this year . Learners had the opportunity to spend the day at Vitrovian exposed to the various  chosen career options. The Vitrovian staff had the learners involved in daily work activities ,explaining processes and the nature of the work Vitrovian does. In addition to this learners who were keen on more scientific options spent that the with the amazing staff at VAS Analytical Services .

Cell C “Take a girl child to work “2015

The Cell-C “Take a girl child to work” program, is an annual event by Cell-C where government and private corporates are urged to participate in exposing girl child learners to real working experience and ignitinga dream within these girls.Take a Girl Child to Work Day is also an annual corporate social investment event, held in South Africa starting in 2003. Companies involved organize for female learners (school pupils), usually from disadvantaged backgrounds, to spend the day at their place of work on the last Thursday of May.The initiative is organized by Cell C, and endorsed by the Department of Education and Training. It has been called South Africa’s “largest collaborative act of volunteerism”.


Despite advances in legislation, the majority of women in South Africa still suffer from gender inequality as they lack the skills to make them economically independent. Women remain underrepresented in the formal economy, and more so in corporate leadership positions. This is because there are critical career opportunities that were previously not accessible to women, and other opportunities that individual women may not be aware of. Thus, the goal of the “Take a Girl Child to Work Day” initiative is to “deepen the thinking of the girl child with regard to their infinite roles in society, enhance her self-esteem, inspire and motivate her to reach her full potential and through exposure to diverse careers and positive role models, and further assist her to prepare for the world of work”. Additionally, Cell C believes that the impact will be far-reaching, as “benefits will be shared as she passes them onto her children, her community and her country”.

Project Beneficiaries

The program targeted two disadvantaged schools per feeder area, targeting grade 11 and 12 learners. The targeted areas are: eMalahleni, Phola, Delmas, Bronkhospruit and Steve Tshwete. Vitrovian hosted 10 learners on the 28th of May at Vitrovian house .Learners enjoyed an inspirational talk with Mandla Masango and spent the day with various staff exposing them to work experience in the various fields .On a lighter note Tieste entertained the guests before the award ceremony which is in recognition of the girls taking part in the initiative. Eskom Kusile Power Station Project also participated in the Take a girl child to work day by hosting fifty girl students from the Nkangala District. In the morning the students were inducted about the project and given brief overview about Kusile from where it started in 2007 to the current progress. Students were then grouped with contractors such as Tenova, ABB and Honeywell who took the girls to different areas of the plant to physically experience what goes into building a mega project such as Kusile. At the end of the program the students felt motivated to work hard towards their individual goals and reach their full potential.

Cell C take a girl child 2014

In 2014 Vitrovian hosted 45 girls for the take a girl child to work programme. The following is the breakdown per area and school:

Area Name of School Number of Girls
  • Makause Combined School
  • EMpucukweni High School
  • Kopanang High School
  • 5 girls
  • 5 girls
  • 5 girls
  • Mehlwane High School
  • Mabande High School
  • 5 girls
  • 5 girls
  • Phaphamani Secondary School
  • Botleng Secondary School
  • 5 girls
  • 5 girls
Steve Tshwete
  • Tshwenyane Secondary School
  • Ekwazini Secondary School
  • 5 girls
  • 5 girls

The girls were transported to Eskom  Kusile in 4 x 16 seater busses . They were fetched from their schools and brought back.  At Eskom  Kusile the girls were paired with officials from different contractors and Eskom KET for the day. They were given jackets, bags with goodies and offered lunch.

  • 10 girls also came to Vitrovian House to accompany management staff to an event in Phola whereby Pusha foundation was giving out school uniforms to the disadvantaged primary schools from the area.
  • These girls were hosted at Vitrovian, in the morning where they had their breakfast and interacted with the whole staff.

Eskom’s participation in Cell C’s “Take-a girl-child-to-work” Day

The “Take-a-girl-child-to-work” Day was an initiative that was the brainchild of the mobile phone operator Cell C. It has been in existence for more than 10 years. Eskom has been participating in this event for a number of years. Ever since the inception of Kusile, the project has hosted more than 2 000 girls on this life-changing day on a yearly basis. The girls are exposed to the world of work. They are given an opportunity to get first-hand information on the world of work; they then spend half a day with a person who already performs the duties of the career they would like to follow.

Contractor involved: Eskom
Cost implications: +- R350 000.00
Benificiaries: Two thousand school girls


On 28 May 2014, Kusile Power Station Project hosted 45 girls from the local schools as part of the “Take-a-girl-child-to-work” programme. The YLF team, the CLOs, and the Stakeholder

Management and Communications Department worked in synergy to ensure that the objectives of this event were attained. The closing of the event saw the learners being honoured with “Take-a-girl-child-to-work” certificates, which served as evidence that they had competently participated in the programme. Over and above the informative experience, the girl children were given school bags, dictionaries, pen and pencil sets, scarves, and beanies, all to the value of R30 000.

Contractor involved: Eskom
Cost Implications: R30 000.00
Beneficiaries: Forty five school girls from the Nkangala District