In early 2015, Mineral Commodities was alerted to the ongoing disparity in apprehension in Maths, Science and Accountancy by various local residents within the Matzikama Municipality and Xolobeni Community. Accepting such educational shortfalls would likely exasperate future employment opportunities, MRC’s South-African subsidiary Mineral Sands, identified the benefit of offering the pupils of affected communities additional Maths, Science and Accountancy tuition.
The ‘Math, Science and Accountancy Project’ (MSAP) was developed to assist the young community members of Xolobeni and Matzikama to improve their apprehension of Grade 12 Maths, Science and Accountancy; to enable pupils to meet or exceed entry requirements at tertiary level with the hope to pursue courses of their interest without being inhibited by poor matric results.
From May to September 2015, after several months working with the office of West Coast Department of Education and with the principals of Vredendal North Secondary, Lutzville High School and Vanrhynsdorp; the MSAP teaching project was introduced to students for the first time. Specialist Math, Science and Accountancy teachers, Hanelie De Vries (Grade 12 teacher at Lutzville High School), Mr. Rogan Pedro and Mr. Njoni (both lecturers at FET college in Vredendal) provided lessons each Saturday, for an hour each subject, for 43 boys and girls aged between 16 and 18. The group worked through Grade 12 math question papers in preparation for the final exams.