From left: Jabulani Selumane, CEO, Automotive Industry Transformation Fund; Renai Moothilal, Executive Director, NAACAM; Motsamai Mollo, Chairperson: Vehicle Crime Prevention Committee, NAAMSA; Nico Smit, Customs Specialist at SASFIN Commercial Solutions
An amount of R57 855, raised at NAACAM’s regional golf day hosted by Sasfin, was donated to the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME).
The NAACAM annual golf days, hosted by Sasfin in three key automotive component manufacturing hubs across the country, provide a key platform for networking amongst the supplier base.
The first golf day hosted at the Kyalami Country Club was fully booked and supported by several sponsors and strategic automotive sector stakeholders, and included a networking platform for emerging Black-owned component suppliers.
“Due to Covid-19, the Port Elizabeth and Durban golf days were cancelled but those regions still donated their entry fees to CASME,” explained Brenden Adriaanzen, National Manager, Sasfin Commercial Solutions, an Associate Member of NAACAM.
CASME focuses on professional development and support for teachers through training and provision of resources for science and mathematics teaching in under-resourced and previously disadvantaged communities.
It operates throughout the schooling sector from Foundation Phase to Grade 12 throughout South Africa and implements a range of interventions in support of the Department of Basic Education.
Henre Benson, Director of CASME, expressed appreciation for the partnership with NAACAM and the donation, saying, “CASME has a long association with the automotive component manufacturers of South Africa having worked closely with MAHLE South Africa’s corporate social investment education programme for a number of years.”
“The support of the sector more broadly is very gratifying. CASME will be dedicating the donation towards innovating its delivery models for science teaching and learning, particularly as the sector responds to the impact of the COVID19 pandemic.”
Mr Benson added that the centre is looking forward to the next round of regional golf days and meeting up with more of the NAACAM members to share success stories from the centre’s education programmes.
Renai Moothilal, NAACAM Executive Director, explained, “We are pleased to be part of this initiative and are overwhelmed by the generous support by our members. South Africa’s economic prosperity depends on the availability of sufficient highly educated and trained people in science, mathematics and technology. CASME contributes to these needs.”
“Increasing such availability, particularly with people from disadvantaged backgrounds, will go a long way to addressing structural growth and inequality, especially as we move into a technology-intensive working future. CASME is one of the organisations successfully addressing this need and we are proud to be associated with them.”
Mr Adriaanzen added that Sasfin is committed to working with NAACAM in supporting existing members and attracting new members entering the automotive supply chain.
“The golf day was the perfect platform to network in a relaxed environment while contributing to an organisation, namely CASME, that we strongly believe in. The event was well-received by all participants and sponsors and we are looking forward to start planning a similar event for 2021.”
Company: Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME)
Contact: Henre Benson
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