Photo (Above): Back from Left: Kubeshini Govender (MOT SA board member), Mauricio de Faria (RSM Betty and Dickson), Marlyn Van Diemen (MOT Youth – False Bay College, Mitchell’s Plain Campus), Debbie Schäfer (MEC for Education in the Western Cape), Prof Eltie Links (chairperson of MOT SA), Coburn Connolly (MOT Youth – False Bay College, Westlake Campus).
Front from Left: Helena Seebran (MOT Youth – Simon’s Town High School), Alicia Pombal (MOT Youth – Spine Road High School), Pumela Mahleza (MOT Youth – Buren High School), Jay-dene Douw (MOT Youth – Spine Road High School), Samantha Chetty (MOT Youth – Simon’s Town High School).
On Monday, 22 June 2015, MOT South Africa held its 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Metropolitan, Parc du Cap in Bellville with the MEC for Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer as the keynote speaker. This year the AGM was attended by 168 members, including MOT presenters, principals at TVET colleges and high schools and MOT youth. The AGM was held during national Youth month, focusing on MOT’s core focus; strengthening the courage and life-skills of the youth.
The AGM was opened by Professor Eltie Links, the chairperson of MOT SA, followed by presentations by five youth on their experiences of MOT, their challenges, lessons they have learnt and how MOT has made them stronger to deal with life’s challenges. MEC Schäfer started her speech by highlighting the lack of positive role models and a sense of belonging by the youth; “We have to give people confidence and a sense of belonging. We need to give them a hand and lift them up out of their vulnerable situations. We need courage.” She was impressed with the positive energy and excitement of the youth present and how well all the MOT youth spoke on stage. “I am pleased to see the results of this project on the youth who are living under the most difficult of circumstances. “I am looking forward to continue a partnership with MOT and encourage WCED officials to partner with this project. Young people are South Africa’s future”, said MEC Debbie Schäfer.