The Sizanani Mentorship Program was born in 2007 on the initiative of RATP Dev and its subsidiary, Bombela Operating Company (BOC), under RATP Foundation Group. Our mentors are South African and foreign professionals who coach Grade 10, 11 or 12 learners from Alexandra township. Learners and mentees are part of the “Ikusasa Lethu project”, managed by St Mary’s School (Waverley) which offers Saturday classes in five subjects to top learners of Alexandra high schools.
In 2016, 85 mentors – from South Africa, France and other countries – took care of 131 mentees. Mentors play a crucial role by providing mentees with career information, counselling, motivation, communication skills and study tips.
Between 2013 and 2018, bursaries amounting over R500 000 were made available by the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgium), the RATP Foundation (France), Bombela Operating Company and a few other sponsors. The funding, which benefited 30 students in 2018, is managed by Monique Adams, director of Career Wise.