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Take a Girl Child to Work learners told to be disciplined if they really need to succeed in life

By Maanda Mulaudzi and Lucky Baloyi

The Office of the Premier became a hive of activity in its history on 29 May 2014. Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha welcomed 40 learners for the Take a Girl Child to Work, Bring Back Our Girls Campaign and also launched the 2014 Youth Month Programme. All these ceremonies took place at the Premier’s Office Foyer.


The Take a Girl Child to Work project involves the engagement of a girl and a boy learners from grade 10 to 12 to observe, experience, and appreciate the significant opportunities available in the job market as well as for them to meet successful role model. The theme for this year is “Dream, Believe, Achieve”. It is meant to encourage young women and girls to believe in themselves. The Office of the Premier have since the inception of the programme by Cell C in 2003 participated in the programme with the aim of educating communities in the province.


The Bring Back Our Girls Campaign is a collective response to the senseless abduction of the school girls in Nigerian by the Boko Haram group. Office of the Premier used the opportunity to take part in the global campaign. Limpopo Government voiced its concern as well as pleading for the safe release of the girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamic Militants in the North Eastern Nigeria. These girls were abducted on the 14 April 2014 during the night.

The launched Youth Month Programme will include a series of Memorial Lectures about the significant of June 16 and mostly importantly about the lesson that must be learnt by the youth of today from the sacrifices of the 1976 generations.

Premier Mathabatha told young boys and girls at the ceremony to make enough time for their books and not to start some relationships before they complete their studies. He told them that there were plenty of opportunities available for them irrespective of their background and that they should not rest on their laurels in a view of bursaries available in government departments. He told them to work hard in order to enhance their potential, “ hard work should be supplemented by discipline”. He said.

On behalf of the people of Limpopo, Premier Mathabatha extent his heartfelt message of sympathy and support to the parents of the girls, the government and the people of Nigeria and ensure them that their pain was our pain.

The Premier also announced that his government would soon officially opened the Youth Information and Resource Centre at Eldorado village. He said that the centre is expected to go a long way in equipping youth with knowledge and information required for personal and societal development. The government will also launch the Provincial School Sports Tournament as a way of developing and exposing talents in our young people. “We have also tailored programmes to engage young people in conflict with the law. The object of such engagements is to re-invite these young offenders back to the society as opposed to losing them to the dark world of criminal activities”.