PROTEC was started in Soweto in 1982 by a small group of engineers who recognised the need to address the country's chronic shortage of technologically skilled human resources in the country.
Early success of the programmes soon led to a national programme being established. Our programmes provided supplementary education to Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners as well as educators in the areas of Maths, Science and Technology.
The Sappi/PROTEC partnership started in 1995 as a Saturday school programme for 4 branches (Umlazi, Umbogintwini, Tongaat and Pietermaritzburg).
Each branch had 120 students per year (40 per grade in Grades 10 -12) doing 4 subjects, Maths, Science, English and World of Work.
In 1998 Sappi provided funding to start 3 branches at their mills in Umkomaas, Stanger and Mandeni. These branches started with 80 students and build up to 240 students per year.Due to funding constraints the numbers were reduced this year to 120.
In 2000 Sappi provide funding for the Nelspruit branch and in 2001 for the branch in PE. These branches started with 80 students and have 120 students this year.
This year, Sappi provides funding for 1 080 students to be part of the PROTEC Saturday school programme in the above branches.
Sappi also provides funding annually for the Sappi Mini Expo. All the Grade 10 students are involved in doing a Science or Technology project for this expo.
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