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Monday, 19 March 2018

Thursday, March 15: Registrations for the 2018 Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day®, which takes place nationwide on May 24, open today.

To register go to Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day.

Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day® has become one of the most important, life changing days for schoolgirls around the country. The much-lauded initiative – which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year – has had a powerful impact on the lives of more than a million girls, preparing a core of future women leaders who will be vibrant contributors to the economy and leading job creators for our country.

Last month President Cyril Ramaphosa made a call to all South Africans to play their part to make South Africa a great nation and said that government would like to see the private sector playing a role in contributing to the betterment of society. He also commended Cell C for pioneering the Take a Girl Child to Work Day® campaign.

Says Suzette van der Merwe, Cell C Managing Executive: Corporate Social Investment:

“Corporate South Africa, entrepreneurs, the media and non-profit sectors are invited to join the meaningful movement and host Grade 10 to 12 girl learners at their place of work, allowing them to job shadow for a day and explore various careers and interests.”

Annually, Take a Girl Child to Work Day® is hosted by around 750 corporates as well as the Presidency and continues to spark the debate on the role of socio-economic development and the promotion of gender equality.

KwaZulu Natal’s Cynthia Xulu – a psychology honours graduate from UKZN who is now studying for her Masters and who is also studying law part-time at Unisa – took part in the programme in 2009 when she spent a day at Deneys Reitz a legal film in Durban.

“It is amazing but the one day did change my life. It had such an impact in terms of how I perceived education as I realised that it was up to me to fight for my dream career. This one day inspired me to set goals for myself and allowed me to dream further despite the circumstances of my disadvantaged upbringing. I realised that whatever someone’s situation they have to be responsible for changing their own life. It isn’t always easy but you have to work at your education and stick to it in order to achieve your career objective.”

She says it had such a profound effect on her that she wants to be an ambassador for the movement.


Registration for the 2018 Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® opens on March 15 via www.cellcgirlchild.co.za

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Issued by Nine Squared Communications of behalf of Cell C. For more information contact Stephanie Weil on 084 999 8181 or email stephan

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