The programme is an initiative between COJ’s EMS and the National Youth Development Agency, and is aimed at empowering youth from previously disadvantaged communities. In its first year, 25 youth have been selected from an overwhelming total of 400 applicants. These 25 students will be studying at the Tshwane University of Technology and at the University of Johannesburg, for diplomas and degrees in Fire Technology and related fields.
In support of the programme, FleetAfrica alongside Mix Telematics and SGIT were able to raise over R90 000.00 which was used to procure 25 HP laptop computers and accessories which will go a long way in assisting the students in their journey towards a successful academic career.
The donations were handed over to the beneficiaries at a successful launch event held on Wednesday, 20th February 2013 at the EMS’ Florida Fire Station. The event was attended by various stakeholders including COJ Mayor Parks Tau, MMC for Public Safety Clr. Sello Lemao and the Executive Head of EMS, Mr Tshepo Makola. FleetAfrica was represented by Mr Obed Nhlapo, Commercial Executive, who reminded the students of the crucial role that education plays in rising beyond their current circumstances and determining their own destiny.