Mandela Legacy Education Week

July 18, 2017 – July 21, 2017 all-day

A Mandela legacy initiative with a focus on education will be held at iThemba LABS from 18-21 July as part of Mandela Day celebrations. All staff are invited and encouraged to participate.

The week will start with a ”take a girl child to work” initiative on the 18th July 2017 as we endeavour to grow the number of females in the science research space. In a bid to link iThemba LABS to one of the pillars of Mandela’s legacy, a passion for education, 20 learners would be hosted for a three day job shadow programme. All participants will receive official iThemba LABS branded items upon completion of their job-shadow assignment. Lunch will be included every day.

The “take a girl child to work programme” aligns with the NRF 2020 strategy to encourage more females to follow a career in science, and more specifically in the accelerator based sciences. This initiative also provides an opportunity for female learners to be mentored and informed of challenges and reward milestones on the journey of women in science.

Job shadow week will seek to bring learners to the iThemba LABS research site to highlight the varying career paths and research areas available. The programme will introduce the facility with a broad overview, and then have groups of learners job shadow individuals in the different departments.

Local schools and CIT partner schools will receive invitations to take part in the initiative. iThemba LABS
staff members are also invited to nominate learners to take part in the programme.

Donations Drive

As part of the 67 minutes for Mandela campaign, iThemba LABS will be hosting a donation drive from the beginning of July. Staff are encouraged make donations.

These items will be donated to The Ark City of refuge (Youth boys Home (Facebook @ ‘The Ark City of Refuge’) on 18 July, Mandela Day.

For more information contact Hilton Tobias at or Siphokazi Dunge at