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Scarabeo 7 Rig in the Cape Town Harbour.
Scarabeo 7 Rig in the Cape Town Harbour.

TWELVE grade 11 and 12 pupils got a chance to be soldiers for a day when they took a drive in a military vehicle as part of Cell C’s Take A Girl Child To Work Day campaign on Thursday last week.

The girls were invited by DCD Protected Mobility in Isando, which manufactures equipment for the defence sector and supplies heavy duty military vehicles for a range of armies, including the SANDF, Kenyan and US armies.

The excited girls from Oos-Rand High Secondary School in Reigerpark, Hans Moore High School in Benoni and Benoni College, had the opportunity to learn about what exactly goes into the fascinating industry of the production of heavy armour vehicles for the military.

The girls were educated on what kind of protection soldiers have when they are inside a range of heavy duty military vehicles and even got to experience being a soldier when they were driven around the company’s premises in the Mountain Lion, a well armoured personnel carrier and utility vehicle.

The pupils were all enthusiastic about knowing more about the industry and were very grateful for the opportunity DCD afforded them to have this kind of experience.

The Cell C campaign was started 12 years ago by the network company as a way of giving school girls, particularly grades 10-12 learners, an opportunity to visit a place of work and to experience first-hand, the world of work and the various career opportunities available in the industry and within the public service sectors.

This year’s theme, Dream, Believe, Achieve, aims to remind girl learners that they have the power to make their greatest dreams come true by believing in themselves.

This article was originally published in the Kempton Express Newspaper.

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