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Women in science inspire

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Saldanha, in partnership with the ArcelorMittal Science Centre Saldanha, celebrated International Women and Girls in Science Day, by inspiring over 400 Grade 8 and 9 female pupils of Diazville High School.

The event, which took place on Tuesday 11 February at the school, was created to challenge the perception that science – and its related fields – are a male-only arena by planting the seeds of gender equality and love for the subject from an early age.

The day’s programme involved various presentations including talks by two of the port’s female employees, including Chief Engineering Technician Nomvuyo Nkabinde and Chief Marine Engineering Office Sallanay Swartz, who each served as a reminder to learners that while women may be currently underrepresented in these fields, attaining a career in the sciences is an achievable feat.

The duo provided pupils with insight and fielded questions from the girls about what it takes to succeed in the maritime industry.

The port has long been an active supporter of the ArcelorMittal Transformation Centre, collaborating with the institution to offer support during its enrichment programmes for school learners and the community, encouraging young women to consider careers in the STEM industries.

Port Manager, Captain Vernal Jones, said TNPA was proud to once again be a part of a programme which promoted gender equality and the development of the country’s future female leaders.

“As TNPA, we want to ensure more and more women take up key roles traditionally filled by men in the maritime industry and at our port.

“We enjoy supporting these events aimed at inspiring young women to consider maritime careers,” he said.

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