More [female] engineers please

19 May 2009

The South African Women in Engineering subdivision, GirlEng, hosted a workshop at UCT on 16 May for girls from seven high schools around Cape Town. Fifty-six budding engineers braved the wet weather for an opportunity to meet with representatives from giants such as BHP Billiton, Unilever and Sasol. The girls also got a chance to meet the 12-strong GirlEng Western Cape team, all engineering students, who offered guidance on vocation choice, applications, bursaries and financial aid. When asked about the day, Wiebke Toussaint of GirlEng said it had exceeded all expectations. "For some of the learners who live in Khayelitsha or Langa, this may well be the first connection and first step towards UCT."

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