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Benford Mokoatle, Venetia General Manager, presents a laptop to top achiever, Conwel Bakali and his father. (Photos: supplied)

De Beers honours academic excellence


With education at the heart of the De Beers Community Development strategy, Venetia Mine recently took time to recognise the top ten matriculants from 2016 in the labour sending areas of Musina and Blouberg.
The achievers spent the morning with General Manager Benford Mokoatle, who encouraged them
to continue pursuing academic excellence as a means of forging a brighter future for themselves and
the country, according to a recent media release.
“You need to define your goals, map out your desired career path and what it is you want to do with your life. You have important choices to make that will be instrumental in shaping your future. Never let your circumstances stop you from reaching your goals” Mokoatle said.
The top five students each received brand new laptop computers with all achievers in attendance receiving a certificate of excellence and a gift bag.
The top performing schools included Thokampe Secondary School, Eric Louw High School, Mopane Combined School, Mphengwa Secondary School and Mmatsela Secondary School.
The event also hosted tertiary students currently participating in the De Beers Financial Assistance
Programme. These students are continuing with their studies with financial assistance from De Beers, which goes towards funding their tuition at a university or technicon of their choosing.
Charmaine Mudau attained five distinctions and an average of 82% in her final Grade 12 exam and was subsequently awarded a laptop from De Beers. “Attending the breakfast with the General Manager was very motivating and receiving a laptop was such a blessing as I can now do my assignments more efficiently. I don’t have to go to the internet café where I don’t always have funds available to do research” she said.


Top Ten achievers from De Beers Venetia Mine’s labour sending area with Benford Mokoatle, Venetia Mine General Manager, and Kelebogile Sibanda, Senior Commercial Services