The Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) Celebrated Women in Science On Women’s Day2016-08-11

Promoting women and girls in science stands at the heart of the Moses Kotane Institute (MKI). On 09 August 2016, MKI held an event that was themed "Celebrating Women in Science" where 300 female learners from Dlangezwa High School got the opportunity to be inspired by different women scientists. The event was aimed at empowering young girls by, igniting interest in science, exposing them to the fascinating world of science through practical demonstrations and career opportunities available in STEM disciplines.

The event was strategically aligned with the birthdate of MKI’s patron, Moses Mauwane Kotane after whom the institute was named. Moses Kotane was born on 9 August 1905, in Rustenburg, North West. He passed away in Russia in 1978, he was buried there for many years until his fatal remains were repatriated back to South Africa in 2015. He was reburied in his home soil on 14 march 2015.

The institute also handed over the first science kit out of five kits that were donated by Women Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD) and Southern African Shipyards hoping that it will help the school to produce best results in maths and science.

[Above (from L to R): Mr B. Gumede a physical sciences teacher,
Ms Sphelele Sangweni MKI board member, Dlangezwa learners,
Mrs X. Mkhwanazi a physical sciences teacher, Professor Sibusiso
Moyo from DUT and Mrs Sbahle Simelane from MKI]

The MKI board member and UNIZULU Head of Department in the Department of Accounting and Auditing, Ms Sphelele Sangweni, CA (SA) encouraged young girls to stay away from boys and to focus on their studies. Professor Sibusiso Moyo, from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) echoed Sangweni’s sentiments and added that pursuing a career in science requires focus, dedication and commitment. She also encouraged them to make the right choices and choosing abstinence from having sex until they are committed with their life partners as unplanned pregnancies are one of the threats to success.

Mrs Xoli Mkhwanazi a Physical Science Educator at Dlangezwa specified that after hearing about the MKI project, they spent time researching the concept and purpose driving the organization to relate itself with historically disadvantaged schools, “We admire the integrity and efficiency with which you use your resources to establish services and directly support your target audiences. Thank you for your courage and vision. What better way of showing love and support than to help those in need especially women on a women's day. We are humbled by the educative gifts more especially the ones for Science and we acknowledge your presence and your wishes towards our future as the school. We as the school hope the contributions and support that you have showed us may continue to prevail and let the light of Mr Moses Kotane shine on through your services,” she said.