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Rembrandt Primary Rembrandt Primary Career Day at Multotec

Rembrandt Park Primary held a Career Day on 15 October 2012 at Multotec in Johannesburg, as a run-up to the schools official Career Day. The Multotec Group was established more than thirty years ago and its core business is the supply of products and services to the mining, mineral beneficiation and power generation industries.  110 learners, 4 teachers and Principal Elizabeth Seema attended the Career Day. Everyone was given visitor tags, stationery and mineral water on arrival which made the learners feel very important and welcomed by the friendly staff of Multotec.

The session began with a welcome and then presentations by individuals within the company who were involved in various careers such as finance, human resource management, engineers, fitters and turners and many more. The emphasis was that not all of us will end up with a degree, but practical work is vital and is very much in demand in many industries. 
The learners were allowed to ask questions after each presentation. The questions were very thought provoking, intelligent and clarified many details of the various careers on display.  The learners and teaching staff then boarded the bus to view other areas of the company to see aspects of the production capacities that it has. After a lovely lunch they returned to school in time for the final bell of the day and to prepare for the official Career Day to be hosted the next day.
“The children certainly learned a lot and it was good to take them to a company environment, rather than to just tell them about it.” Principal Elizabeth Seema said.
The Principal, staff and learners of Rembrandt Primary School would like to thank everyone at Multotec involved with facilitating this event, especially Bernadette and Thomas and they look forward to a continued relationship with Multotec.
26 February 2013, 14:04

PfP Blog Scholarship opportunity for high school learners

 PfP urges secondary school principals in its network to encourage qualifying learners to take advantage of this unmissable opportunity

The Federated Employers’ Mutual (FEM) Education Foundation* has partnered with the Make A Difference (MAD) Leadership Foundation** to make available education and leadership opportunities to talented learners in South Africa. Due to PfP’s association with both these organisations, high school learners within the PfP network now have the option of early access to the MAD scholarship opportunity.

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PfP Blog Symphonia for South Africa announces two new key appointments

After an extensive search, Symphonia for SA is delighted to welcome two members to its leadership team

Komala Pillay: PfP Programme Director

30 November -1, 00:00

PfP Blog PfP launches second book

Symphonia for South Africa is delighted to announce the release of Partners for Possibility: Stories of Impact, the second instalment of the decade-long journey of South Africa’s very own business-education innovation

In celebration of this release, PfP will host a series of launches via Zoom to share some of the stories of impact featured in the 38 chapters of the book.

30 November -1, 00:00

PfP Blog Symphonia for South Africa’s COVID-19 response: adaptive, responsive and attuned to the needs of its community

When the national lockdown in South Africa was first declared in March 2020, we embarked on a range of new activities in response to some of our community’s most pressing needs

Emergency food relief

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PfP Blog Business leaders inspire change through ground-breaking PfP initiative

In marking #10YearsofPfPImpact, Symphonia for South Africa calls on business leaders in Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Saldanha Bay and Johannesburg to contribute to education by joining its Partners for Possibility (PfP) leadership development and principal support programme.

The PfP programme was created to empower school principals who have not been sufficiently well prepared for the demands and challenges of leading an under-resourced school. Within 10 years, the programme has reached over 1,250 schools across all nine of South Africa’s provinces and has touched the lives of over a million learners.

30 November -1, 00:00

PfP Blog Food relief drive reaches thousands in need

A collaboration between Symphonia for South Africa, FoodForward SA and the Solidarity Fund has seen around 8,000 food parcels distributed to over 30,000 people across several provinces in South Africa during the lockdown period

Since the lockdown was declared in March, Symphonia for SA has worked with a number of other organisations to tackle South Africa’s food security challenge. Through its Food 4 Hungry Children project, Symphonia for SA has obtained and captured data on the food needs of learners and their families from its network of over 1,000 school principals.

FoodForward SA, which reduces hunger in South Africa by recovering quality surplus food and distributing it to community organisations, has scaled up its operations during the lockdown to reach millions of at-risk households in vulnerable communities across the country.

30 November -1, 00:00

PfP Blog Unsung heroes: Port Elizabeth principals, parents and community at forefront of food distribution efforts at their schools

The principals of Sapphire Road Primary and Enqileni Senior Primary say that the distribution of much-needed food parcels to learners and families has brought parents and community members closer to their schools.

The two PE schools received a total of 300 food parcels during May in a food relief drive led by education and leadership NPO, Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), together with Pick n Pay’s Feed the Nation campaign.

SSA is an NPO founded to mobilise active citizenship around the significant issues facing South Africa. This is achieved by enabling cross-sectoral collaboration, incubating thought leadership and initiating future-focused programmes to facilitate nation-building. As an internationally recognised and award-winning social enterprise, SSA is supported by many dedicated individuals who generously contribute their money, time and skills. This support has enabled the organisation to engage collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in the private, public and civil society sectors.

30 November -1, 00:00

PfP Blog PfP principal goes above and beyond to ensure learners don’t go hungry

The national lockdown has left many of the most vulnerable without food. The learners and families of Blouvlei LSEN (Learners with Special Educational Needs) School in Retreat, Cape Town, have not been spared this struggle.

But the love and leadership of Principal Cordelia Romes Davids, coupled with the generosity of NPOs and businesses, has ensured that her learners’ stomachs – and hearts – are full.

Symphonia for South Africa first became aware of the plight of Blouvlei LSEN’s learners when Davids voiced her concerns via Symphonia for SA’s Food 4 Children WCape WhatsApp group.

30 November -1, 00:00

PfP Blog Collaboration and active citizenship drive food reliefs efforts

South Africa’s lockdown has underscored the country’s widespread food insecurity. When schools closed, nine million children normally fed through the government-funded National School Nutrition Programme were left hungry

Moved by the gravity of the situation, Symphonia for South Africa, under the direction of its CEO Louise van Rhyn, initiated the Food for Hungry Children project

Leading food relief efforts

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