Words of jubilation reverberated the Graceland conference hall when about 86 grade 12 learners from around the Govan Mbeki Local Municipality were recognized by Sasol together with Osizweni Education and Centre for their hard work.
The awards ranged from Merit Certificates, Cash Prizes and bursaries for outstanding performances during last matric results, awarded during the annual SASOL Grade 12 Merit Awards ceremony held at Graceland Hotel in Secunda. The Awards recognize the best performing learners in Govan Mbeki, Lekwa and Dipaliseng municipalities. Speaking during the Award ceremony, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Sikhumbuzo Kholwane said "Despite the improved performance of the province, we cannot be satisfied with the overall outcomes because we are capable of achieving better".
“As the province we are appealing to the business sector, school governing bodies, educators, learners and parents to hold hands together and ensure that our province reaches the 90 % pass rate and be counted amongst the top provinces in the country this year" said MEC kholwane.
The MEC’s sentiments were echoed by Marinus Sieberhagen, Senior Vice President of Secunda Chemicals Operations, SASOL, who views education as an enabler to improving the lives of those in communities and its operations. “Through Osizweni Education and Development Centre the company has dedicated itself to giving full support to the education fraternity”. "This is realized by providing support to learners doing science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the intention to enable top performance in those subjects and soon SASOL will finalize awarding of an extra ten bursaries to deserving students around Gert Sibande District municipality explained – Mr. Sieberhagen.
Sasol has also awarded prizes money to teachers who have done exceptionally well in their contribution in the various schools. On top of the numerous awards received, Bhavick Bhanga from Hoesrskool Hoogenout in Bethel, also walked away with a prize money, which should go a long way in assisting him with his studies as he will be studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Pretoria.