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Coega Maths and Science Programme Celebrating the 2021 academic achievers - published 9 Feb 2022

Back row (left to right) Mr Abongile Breakfast CDC Corporate Services, Mr Craig Luckman CDC Acting Executive Manager Corporate Services, Mr Eldon September CDC Physical Science Facilitator, Ms Tarryn Higgins, Ms Sanelisiwe Majambe, Ms Axolile Sityoshwana, Ms Siphesihle Kosi, Mr Lionel Billings CDC Chief Financial Officer. Front row (left to right) Ms Philiswa Dike CDC HR Administrator, Mr Washington Mushwana CDC Maths and Physical Science Facilitator, Ms Zola Ngoma CDC Unit Head Human Resources, Ms Chulumanco Mapuma, Ms Hlompho Lengoasa, Ms Lesley-Ann Witbooi, Ms Zintle Jumbe, Ms Ntombozuko Mbuzwana CDC Performance Monitoring Officer, Ms Nondyebo Ntshobodi CDC Human Capital Solutions Administrator

Coega Maths and Science Programme
Celebrating the 2021 academic achievers

Gqeberha, 9 February 2022 – The Coega Maths and Science Programme (MSP), a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to assist matriculants to improve their Mathematics and Physical Science results, has recorded some of its most impactful marks since inception in 2013. A celebratory luncheon was held at the Bluewater Bay Sunrise Hotel to honour the momentous achievements by the top learners from the class of 2021.

MSP forms part of the CDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. The Programme is aligned to the organisation’s objectives and contributes to the vision of being a leading catalyst for the championing of the socio-economic development. It is also guided by ISO 26 000 and Principle 3 of the King IV on Corporate Governance which speaks to responsible corporate citizenship. The CDC CSI Strategy and Policy identified six focus areas that are aligned to the National Government Priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan 2030, namely education and skills development, job creation,health, crime prevention, rural development, and sport and recreation. “Through its CSI strategy and the MSP, the CDC commits to the empowerment and upliftment of women, youth, and persons with disabilities,” says Ms. Zola Ngoma, CDC Unit Head of Human Resources.

In her welcoming statement, Ms. Ngoma acknowledged that the need for a programme like the MSP has been reaffirmed based on the astounding response from learners looking to improve their results in Mathematics and Physical Science. “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are the way of the future,” she stated.

The class of 2021 produced four distinctions in Mathematics and seven in Physical Science, which is a landmark achievement for the MSP, notwithstanding challenging circumstances amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. “The 2021 MSP overall pass rate was 97%,” says an excited Eldon September, CDC Physical Science Facilitator. Congratulations to the top three learners: Sisipho Ndika, Khayalethu Mtetwa and Tarryn Higgins.

Sisipho Ndika, Lesley-Ann Witbooi, Hlompho Lengoasa and Tarryn Higgins are among other learners from the 2021 cohort who have shown immense potential in terms of their growth during the course.


Hlompho shared her transformational journey from matric to graduating from the MSP: “Last year, our hearts were shattered about our matric results, but when MSP classes started, my entire perspective changed. Fifty percent was no longer my target.” Hlompho achieved 75% and 84% for Maths and Science, respectively.

Lesley-Ann, who has been accepted to study psychology at Rhodes University this year, was able to improve her marks by nearly 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science through the MSP, obtaining 77% in Mathematics and 68% in Physical Science. Tarryn, who achieved above 80% in both subjects, has been accepted at Rhodes University to pursue her dream career in Pharmacy. Top learner, Sisipho Ndika achieved 87% in Mathematics and 90% in Physical Science.

Former MSP learner and 2nd year B.Sc. Microbiology and Biochemistry student, Ms. Chelsea Barnard, shared some heartfelt advice since exiting the programme in 2020. “University is about working hard and working smart. Stay focused, make wise choices, and heed good advice.”

“Since inception nine years back, the MSP has benefitted over 1000 learners. The programme teachers, administrators and learners have shown incredible grit and resilience and should be commended for it. Every dark cloud has a silver lining, and with COVID-19 pandemic being that dark cloud, it has made us realise that this programme can be rolled out virtually. We will work towards this reality,” shared Mr. Craig Luckman, CDC Corporate Services Executive Manager (Acting).

With the MSP’s focus on Mathematics and Physical Science, one of the requirements for learners to be considered for the MSP is completion of Grade 12, and students must have passed all subjects, except Mathematics and Physical Science (which they need to have scored above 20%).

The 2022 MSP enrolment period closes on 11 February 2022, with space for 100 learners to improve their results in Mathematics and Physical Science. Therefore, learners who wish to enrol must submit their statement of matric results as well as a copy of their South African identity document. Classes will start in the month of February and continue through to October, daily from Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:00. Preference will be given to residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay. Applications can be submitted by hand at the Coega Human Capital Solutions (HCS) front gate, in Zone 4 of the Coega SEZ in Gqeberha or via email to [email protected], concludes Luckman.

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