Waterberg TVET College celebrated the youth month in style on the 21st of June 2015 when Dr Blade Nzimande the Minister of Higher Education and Training officially unveiled the commemorative plaque of the new state of the art Waterberg Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College Campus in Thabazimbi.
The Thabazimbi Campus, will open its doors to prospective students in and around Thabazimbi in the January 2016 academic year. Programmes that will be offered will include Electrical Infrastructure Construction, Boilermaking, Fitter & Turner, Office Administration, Electrical Engineering, Engineering & Related Design (Automotive), Diesel Mechanic, Management Assistant as well as Business Management.
Dr Blade Nzimande said “One of our major focuses is to bring institutions of higher education and training to areas that have historically been neglected, especially rural areas such as this one throughout the country and it is with a huge amount of pride that we open such an institution in Thabazimbi”.
“Yes, we are well aware that employment opportunities are scarce and far between, and that this frustrates many. We therefor also call upon our youth to take it upon themselves – in a similar manner as the youth of 1976 – to actively seek out and participate in activities that build instead of waiting passively for help to come to them” said the minister Nzimande.
Ms Selaelo Lekoloane (Waterberg TVET College Principal) said “Waterberg TVET College is very grateful that we are given the mandate to run this State of the Art Thabazimbi Campus. We commit ourselves to look after it and provide relevant Technical and Vocational skills required for the young and adult people in Thabazimbi, and the surrounding villages to find jobs in the local mines and businesses”.
We have to maximally utilize this massive facility of Thabazimbi Campus and therefore, the Campus cannot afford to close at 15:00, but we will have to implement occupational programmes and qualifications and extend their teaching and learning duration to 21:00 at night in order to accommodate those who would want to attend classes only after work, said the Principal.
The College Council Chairperson, Prof Lesiba Teffo, assured the minister and everyone present that the College will work hard to produce good results that will complement the state of the art campus entrusted to the College.
Mayor Patricia Mosito of Thabazimbi Municipality expressed her gratitude and commended the minister and his department for bringing the TVET College to the community that was in dire need of a higher learning institution.
The event was attended by Speaker of Limpopo Provincial legislature, Acting Mayor of Waterberg District, Mayor of Capricorn District Municipality , Mayor of Thabazimbi Municipality, DG and DDG in the DHET, Officials from the DHET , the CEOs and representatives of SETAs, Vice Chancellors and representatives of Universities, Representatives of Limpopo Department of Education in the Province and District, Council Members, College Principals , Officials and SRC chairpersons and students from all TVET Colleges.
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