A group of learners from Alexander Road High School went on a tour of Coega last week.
The 28 learners visited the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and the Port of Ngqura and the tour was arranged by Coega Development Corporation (CDC) Spatial Development Manager Graham Taylor.
The tour started off at the CDC building, where the learners were briefed in the Enkundleni Boardroom. CDC Manager: Project Development Dr Keith du Plessis presented briefly on the CDC whereafter the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Pam Cartwright gave an overview of the Business Vision 2030.
CDC GIS Technician Ziyaad Ryneveld also presented a fascinating talk on spatial planning knowledge to the learners.Alexander Road High School student representatives, Bulelani Ntengu, Leyya Ramzan and Ashley Classen,then presented on the NEBD (North End Beach Development) project.
Taylor, who is also part of the Business Vision 2030 Advisory Board, facilitated the afternoon, from being the speaker to facilitating the tour of the IDZ and the Harbour. Much to the learners delight, they were granted access to the Transnet ports control room for a quick lesson on how things worked, followed by a trip to a wind turbine which was the highlight of the tour for most.
The students were accompanied by their teachers, Cronje Oosthuizen and Peter McEwan, who are committed to making the voice of the youth heard, in particular on issues of developing our coastline.
BLOWN AWAY: Learners from Alexander Road High School strike a pose at the base of the wind turbine in the Coega IDZ.
CAPTURING THE MOMENT: Visiting the Coega wind turbine was the absolute highlight of the tour for the learners, who attempted to take a group selfie with the massive wind turbine towering in the background.