May 25, 2017

Tata in South Africa joins Cell C's Take a Girl Child to Work Revolution

On Thursday, May 25, 2017, Tata joined hundreds of businesses and government departments in South Africa by participating in the 15th Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® initiative.

Tata in South Africa participates in the 15th Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® initiative

Tata Automobile Corporation of South Africa, Tata Steel Processors and the Corporate Office of Tata Africa Holdings opened their doors to 26 future leaders from Namedi High School in Soweto, Johannesburg, and threw open the doors to the world of Tata at the respective operations.

The objectives of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work campaign are:

  • To expose girl children to the ‘world of work’, positive role models and give them the opportunity to make informed career decisions based on real work experiences
  • To address the aspirations of girl children by inspiring and motivating them to pursue their goals and ambitions and to reach their full potential
  • To provide a platform for dialogue around the needs of girl children and their role in South Africa’s socio-economic development.

Under the mentorship of Freda Wyngaardt, the girls were exposed to the Tata Automobile Corporation South Africa business. This exercise included various speakers from departments such as dealer developer, logistics and finance. The day’s proceedings were then moved to Tata Steel Processors, where the learners got to learn about the steel business. Speakers from the finance, production and sales divisions explained to the girls the respective career options. Before heading to Illovo-based head office, the learners took a tour around the steel factory to witness how production takes place and this exercise was steered by Muzi Malindi. The day was rounded off telling the learners about the history of the Tata group; this was done under the stewardship of Palesa Makhetha and Liezan Meyer.

The learners were transported in a Tata bus, courtesy of TACSA.

Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day ® statistics show that the day has a profound effect on the girls, with many choosing a career based on their day in the workplace.

The 2017 Take a Girl Child to Work Day® received voluntary support at the highest level, from the minister of women in the presidency as well as some of South Africa’s most respected female business leaders and organisations. To date, the campaign has supported one million girl learners!

The school authorities were delighted to have taken part in this life-altering initiative for young women and were thankful to all who supported the day. They hoped that it was as enriching an experience for them as it was for the girls who continuously raved about the day.