29 July 2019

On Saturday,
20 July, Aurecon South Africa hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Maths) Career Day for Grade 10 students in Tembisa. Approximately 60 students,
as well as Ward councillors from Tembisa and representatives from the City of
Ekurhuleni (CoE) Human Settlements Department participated in the event.

“Aurecon has
been involved in a number of engineering projects in Tembisa over the past six
years and we have forged close ties with the community. We are committed to
empowering students to choose to become young professional engineers, not only
because it contributes to business success, but also because giving back is at
the core of what we do and everyone came on board to add value to the
successful Career Day,” says Senzekile Mdluli, Aurecon South Africa’s BBBEE
& CSI Manager.

Aurecon’s emerging
professionals and senior technical experts shared their experiences, the work
they do, and how they use digital engineering tools to solve their clients’
complex problems. The company’s Talent and Development team outlined the
process for learners to register for a degree or diploma in a STEM field at
tertiary institutions and the entrance requirements.

Maduray, Principal and Lead Project Manager in the Aurecon Programme Advisory
Unit, comments: “Our goal was to pique learners’ interest in STEM careers and
give them the career guidance counselling they need to take the next steps in
furthering their education. We wanted to show the learners that a career in
STEM may not only change their lives, but change the way people live, work and
play in Tembisa.”

Some of the engineering
projects in Tembisa where Aurecon has played a key role include the Tembisa
Underpass,  a safe, user-friendly
pedestrian and cycle crossing beneath the rail line; and Ibazelo Park that has
become a popular recreational asset; as well as civic node planning and street
improvements, which saw Aurecon involved in paving sidewalks, planting trees,
and adding street furniture to contribute to safe paths that promote
non-motorised transport
in Tembisa.

“In the
State of the Nation address of 2018, President Ramaphosa spoke about
revitalizing township economies to stimulate growth and create jobs. The City
of Ekurhuleni started this journey in 2013 and Aurecon is proud to be a part of
the vast improvements they are making to Tembisa,” concludes Maduray.

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