Western Cape Shell Rally to Numeracy
Published: October 27, 2016






This advocacy campaign: Maps and Mirrors was held on the 28th of July in the Western Cape.


The aim of the event is:

  • Promote Mathematics and Science by exposing them to fun Maths and Science activities.
  • To expose grade 7 ,10,11 and 12 learners to the opportunities that exists in the world of work
  • Create an awareness of study opportunities at tertiary institutions
  • Assist grade 9 learners to make the correct subject selection for the Further Education and Training

(FET) band

  • Provide career guidance and counselling
  • Highlight the importance of Science and Mathematics in life.

There are two components to our theme: “Maps and Mirrors”

Maps – Expose learners to exciting Mathematics and Science activities from the grade 7 curriculum

– Provide a crucial opportunity for learners to chart a map for their lives, practice their right to ask questions:

Ø  Who am I?

Ø  What is my vision for life?

Ø  What is going to make me happy for the 40 odd years that I have to work?

Ø  How can pure Mathematics help me with my journey?



– Goal setting and planning

–  How to draw up a study plan/timetable

–  Study tips for success

How the day started …

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On the left image, we can see our donars from Shell getting ready to make their presentation and and the same time our invited guest’s from the South African Police Services were walking into the venue. And on the right picture,  Dr Potgieter sets up her stall where she will present about her career in Dentistry.

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Vuyo, a representative from the University of Cape Town gives the learner the in’s and out’s about the Department of Engineering. And on the right image, the Math Center’s Project Coordinator explains the importance of Maths and Science and how the Karoo and the country need more engineers for the future. The learners in the picture had many questions on the Trainer’s job in Beaufort West.


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The Department of Transport and Public Works displayed the different bursary programs as well as the trade courses they offer through Municipalities.  And from the Department of Agriculture through their Land care division, they made a display of  the different careers in their department and they bought in a qualified Surveyor who went through the presentation with the learners .

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The representatives from the South African Police Services gave the young kids a mouthful about the importance of keeping and maintaining a clean criminal record. 

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Land Care involves the preparation and establishing rural farming on small to medium basis. This division ensures sustainability and entrepreneurship in the rural areas of South Africa. The team came all the way from Oudtshoorn and George to support the Maps and Mirrors.

 Provincial Traffic took the learners and stakeholders more so the stakeholders through the processes of traffic law enforcement and how the Radar works when trapping an offender. The different career options were also discussed.

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