R100 million science academy unveiled in eMalahleni

Launched on Tuesday this week, the eMalahleni Maths, Science and Technology Academy will help prepare South African engineers, technicians, teachers and businesspeople as the fight to end skill shortages wages on.

Situated around the Highveld mall area, the academy has a maths, science, technology and chemistry laboratories as well as a library and a broadcasting studio.

Officials from the department of education in the Mpumalanga province say the R100 million project by the department and mining company South32 will target a lot of young people to take up careers in scarce skill professions.

MEC Reginah Mhaule, who, together with South32 chief operating officer Mike Fraser, officially unveiled the building on Tuesday mid-day, said: “We are doing this because we fully understand that maths, science and technology subjects hold a key to free our county from the bondage of the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.”

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She said the academy would be used to train teachers to enhance their capacity, adding lessons would also be broadcast live to learners in 101 schools.

“It is our strong belief that a R100 million investment is a quantum leap of magnanimous proportion aimed at catapulting the transfer of skills, values and knowledge,” said Mhaule.

“This investment will inspire many young people to take up careers where there are critical shortages of professionals like doctors, engineers and scientists,” the MEC said.

South32’s Mike Frazer said he was very proud of it as it will assist a lot of people.

“It’s well-known that education in the areas of maths and science remains a challenge,” he said.

(edited by ZK, African News Agency)

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