Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan commends Mainstream’s support of Maths and Science Programme during visit to the company’s Cape Town office
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan visited Mainstream’s Cape Town office to meet with staff and receive a briefing on the company’s operations in South Africa including its community initiatives. The Minister, who was in South Africa on a trade mission organised by Enterprise Ireland, was accompanied by Ireland’s ambassador to South Africa, Liam MacGabhann and Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon.
“Today I visited Mainstream’s Cape Town office and heard of its continuing innovations and business success. In particular, I was delighted to learn of Mainstream’s support for the maths and science programme for high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and the subsequent success of these students at third level.” – Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D.
During the course of the visit Minister Flanagan received a briefing on the company’s activities in South Africa where Mainstream delivered three of the country’s first wind and solar plants into commercial operation last year and currently has a further three wind farms under construction. A key focus of the meeting was to show how these renewable energy projects are positively impacting the surrounding communities in which they operate.
Anne Maclean, founder of the Kimberley Maths and Science Leadership Academy in South Africa’s Northern Cape commented: “We are really grateful to Mainstream for sponsoring 60 grade 9 students and taking them all the way through to Matric. That was something really special.” Mainstream sponsored the sixty students for the full four year programme since the learners first started in Grade 9. The Maths & Science Leadership Academy (MSLA) was established in Kimberley in 2006, with the specific goal of providing talented students from poor backgrounds with an opportunity to achieve their potential in the gateway subjects of maths and science. Over the past four years MSLA has provided these Grade 9 – 12 learners with ongoing support in maths, science and English through afternoon classes and holiday academies.
Linda Thompson, Senior Development Manager at Mainstream said: “We are delighted to have played our role in giving these students the opportunity to improve their maths and science capability because we believe these gateway subjects are critical to delivering the next generation of talented engineers who will take the reins in the years to come. South Africa is on the road to becoming a leader in renewable energy and it is very important that we invest our time and effort in ensuring that talented students from poor backgrounds are given every opportunity to play a leading role.”
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