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Volume 53
                        College Times
            June 2018   The Official Quarterly TVET College Newsletter and Journal

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                                             Supporting Entrepreneurship Development                                                       Volume 53
                                                                                                                                                       June 2018     The Official Quarterly TVET College Newsletter and Journal

                                             In this edition of TVET College Times,
                                              we are pleased to present speeches
                                             on the topic of entrepreneurship by the
                                                                                                 Development. Each of these
                                                                                                 areas come under the spotlight.
                                                                                                 We continue with Stakeholder
                                             Minister, the Deputy Minister and the               Engagement, before taking a
                                             Director-General of the Department of               look at our resilient students who
Editorial team                               Higher Education and Training. The                  persevere in pursuit of success.
                                             message is strong and unanimous.                    The column continues with an all-
Editor: Keith Loynes
Rotating Assistant Editor: Ivan Swart        TVET Colleges have a role to play in                important update on the HEAIDS
Design & Layout: MPDPS (PTY) Ltd             the promotion and development of                    Campaign, some achievements of
Printing: RSALitho                           entrepreneurial skills.                             our Special Needs Education students
Professional language service:                    It stands to reason. TVET                      and ends with an inspiring item on
Woodleys Literary Services                   Colleges are ideally located to                     Life Skills.                              TVET Colleges:
Office Management:			                                                                                                                      Supporting
Tiyani Ntimane
                                             respond to the need. The colleges                        Following     the       Director-    Entrepreneurship
Account Management:                          have excellent professional faculty                 General’s opening remarks at the          Development

                                             at their disposal. Our June Movers                  Entrepreneurship and Co-operative
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False Bay TVET College
                                             and Shakers bear testimony to this.                 Development Institute Conference,
Copyright                                    Further evidence of the capacity of                 we note the release of key PSET           IN THIS ISSUE:
DHET TVET Colleges, Private Bag
                                             the colleges and their continually
                                             improving alignment with the needs
                                                                                                 statistics, before concluding with
                                                                                                 another look at the African Union
                                                                                                                                           Cover Story
X174, Pretoria 0001, South Africa.           of commerce and industry can be                     strategy for TVET.                        Supporting
                                             read in Campus Matters, Excellence                       May you enjoy this edition of        Entrepreneurship
TVET Colleges Website                        Awards. The Campus Matters                          TVET College Times as much as             Development. See the
                                             column proceeds to address issues                   the team has in putting it together.
                                             of professional interest in Teaching                Thanks to our ever increasing and
                                                                                                                                           speeches in from the
Visit the website for free online
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                                             great national shift among TVET                     them is Freddy Mashele, an English        Deputy Minister and
Cover Photograph                             Colleges to establish Centres of                    First Language lecturer at Ekurhuleni     Director-General in Policy
                                             Specialisation. Students graduating                 East TVET College, Benoni Campus.
TVET Colleges: Supporting
                                             from these Centres, will also have                  He has undertaken to entertain            and Operational Shifts.
Entrepreneurship Development
Photograph supplied by Roshin                the productive skills required for                  us with a Crossword puzzle and
Schmidt False Bay TVET College.              any business initiative in their                    a Sudoku, which we hope you                                         From the Minister
Alcino van Rooyen studied IT                 respective fields of study and                      will enjoy. Try not to peep at the
NC(V) and is now a web developer.            training. Key to the establishment                  solutions on Page 43, before giving       Page 3 - 5
                                             of Centres of Specialisation,                       them your best shot!
Waiver                                       are Partnerships, Artisan Skills                         Happy reading and relaxing                                     From the Ministry
                                             Development, Work Integrated                        winter holidays, until we meet
The views and opinions of contributors do
not necessarily reflect those of DHET.       Learning and of course the logical                  again in spring.                          Page 5 - 6
TVET College Times and the DHET accept       conclusion,          Entrepreneurship               Your TVET College Times Team.
no liability with regard to authorship and                                                                                                                         Movers and Shakers
content of articles and photographs
and present these as the bona fide
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contributions of correspondents.                 The crosswords and sudoku puzzles are
Contributors                                     the work of Freddy Mashele.                                                                                          Campus Matters
Fiona McFarlan, Matau Manye,
                                                 Freddy Mashele is an English First Additional                                             Page 11 - 43
Ivan Swart, Deon Halls,
                                                 Language lecturer at Ekurhuleni East TVET College,
Lame Morubane, Claudia Albrecht,
                                                 Benoni Campus.
Jennifer Esau, Mzenkosi Mancotywa,
                                                       In addition to his education qualification, he has                                              Policy & Operational Shifts
Thokozani Ndhlovu, Roshin Schmidt,
                                                 studied and worked in other fields such as Health and
Dr Andre van der Bijl and
                                                 Safety and Monitoring and Evaluation management.                                          Page 45 - 46
Adele Ebrahim, Colleen Brennon,
                                                 In his spare time, he enjoys creating relevant puzzles
Given Sebashe, Tshegofatso Rapoo,
                                                 for publications and participates in health and fitness
Lanson Mutandwa, Sharon Grobbelaar,                                                                                                                      College Contact Details
                                                 initiatives. He likes creative writing and reading.
Emily van Heerden, Sabelo Tshabalala,
Phanuel Chauke, Tumelo Morobe,
                                                 Try the sudoku on page 12 and the crossword on                                            Page 48
Tania Hyman, David Muleele,
                                                 page 31 before looking at the solutions supplied on
Joseph Toba, Nadine Moodaely,
                                                 page 43.
Zukile Ncapayi, Velisile Bukula,
Ziyanda Marongqile, Steve Reid,
Welheminah Modisane,
Stanley Matende, Tiffany MacSherry,
Promise Ngema, Julia Duminy
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Statement on student funding by the Minister of
Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor

I n 2017 the government announced a
  significant change to student funding, with
effect from 2018.
                                                           In the case of universities, the full cost of
                                                      study- DHET bursary scheme, for poor and
                                                      working-class South Africans, is being phased-
     The academic year got off to a fairly            in from 2018. Starting with first-time entry
smooth start following strenuous efforts by all       students from South African families, with a
stakeholders to ensure that the new funding           gross combined annual income of up to R350
programme is successfully introduced. I wish to       000. Each year, a new cohort will benefit from
thank all stakeholders for the manner in which        the scheme. All continuing and existing NSFAS-
they offered guidance and support. There are of       funded university students, will receive their
course continued difficult challenges that we still   funding in 2018. This will be for the completion
need to iron out. These include ensuring that         of their studies as grants rather than as loans.
all students who meet funding criteria get the        The new funding allocation for first-time
funding due to them. The department is working        entry university students, is expected to fund
closely with the National Student Financial Aid       approximately 40% (83 200) of the 208 000
Scheme (NSFAS) to ensure that it happens.             spaces for new entrants at universities in 2018.
Before I reflect on progress and challenges, I        The final number of students funded will only be
wish to set out the details of the bursary scheme     known later in the year.
introduced this year.                                      We have instructed all universities to keep
     Additional government funding of R7.166          within their enrolment targets. These determine        About TVET Colleges
billion in 2018 has been allocated to fund            how many students, and in which fields of study,

bursaries for the children of poor and working-       can be admitted to each university. Over 400               here are 50 TVET Colleges operating
class families entering universities and TVET         000 potential students applied for NSFAS this              on more than 264 campuses across
colleges. An amount of R4.581 billion has             year. NSFAS is still in the process of integrating
                                                                                                             the nine provinces of South Africa. The
been set aside for qualifying university students     the registration data from institutions with its
                                                                                                             colleges serve approximately 800 000
and R2.585 billion for TVET college students.         own funding eligibility data. NSFAS will be able
As a result the baseline allocation to NSFAS          to confirm the final numbers once all registered       students per annum and the Department
to support poor and working-class university          students, who match the financial eligibility          of Higher Education and Training employs
and TVET students, the total allocation for this      criteria, submit the requisite information. I am       in excess of 18 000 personnel in the
purpose will increase from the R9.849 billion         concerned at reports that many students who have       colleges. The colleges offer a large variety
in 2017/18 to R35.321 billion in 2020/21.             submitted, are not yet receiving their allocation.     of courses in response to the human
This implies a need for improved efficiency                Funding has been advanced to TVET colleges,
                                                                                                             resource requirements of a diversified
and administrative systems at NSFAS. We               to ensure that enrolments and tuition continue
have therefore allocated an additional R105           without delay. Reconciliation of enrolled and          economy. The colleges are operated in
million over the Medium Term Expenditure              funded students is currently underway between          terms of the Continuing Education and
Framework, to assist NSFAS to further develop         TVET colleges and NSFAS. The implementation            Training Act 16 of 2006 and statutory
and strengthen its administrative capacity.           requires significant co-operation between NSFAS        institutional structures comprise of the
     What has changed, is that government             and institutions. My Department has been               Council, the Academic Board and the
will support poor and working-class students          working closely with NSFAS, Universities South         Students Representative Council.
through an expanded bursary scheme. This              Africa, the South African Colleges Principals
replaces the previous loan and partial bursary        Organisation and student representative councils
scheme. Although first-time entering students         of universities and TVET colleges. This is to
will not be expected to pay back the cost of          ensure the effective roll-out and implementation       About TVET College Times
their bursaries, they will be expected to meet        of the DHET Bursary Scheme in 2018. Again, I

certain conditions and expectations. These            wish to thank all stakeholders for their support.         irst published in 2005, TVET College
include those relating to satisfactory academic            In 2017, NSFAS migrated fully to the new             Times is an internationally registered
performance and service conditions. The exact         “student-centred model”. There are still some
                                                                                                             Department of Higher Education and
details are being finalised. I am pleased to          challenges with finalising the 2017 intake.
                                                                                                             Training quarterly publication.
announce that good progress has been made             Especially where qualifying students have not yet
since the announcement, to ensure that the new        signed their loan agreement forms. I am aware              As a contributor based publication, it
bursary scheme is implemented successfully.           that some continuing senior students, have not         provides a community of practice forum for
     In the case of TVET colleges, students in        yet had their funding finalised for the 2017           TVET College professionals. It also serves
all years of study from families earning a gross      academic year. I find this to be unacceptable.         as a vehicle for keeping college council
combined annual income of up to R350 000,             I have instructed my Department and NSFAS to           members,      principals,  management,
and who are registered (or enrolled) for the          work with institutions to deal with the outstanding
                                                                                                             staff and TVET practitioners in general
National Certificates (Vocational) and Report         cases as a matter of urgency. There are still
191 programmes at any public TVET college,            significant challenges with regards to system          informed of the latest developments in
will receive a bursary to cover their tuition fees    integration between NSFAS and institutions.            the TVET sector.
and learning materials. The increase in funding       This has affected the submission of registration           Currently, 25 000 print and online
for 2018/19 will support 458 875 students             data to NSFAS. The exchange of data is crucial.        copies are distributed by subscription
receiving tuition bursaries. Based on historical      This data will confirm to NSFAS, that students         quarterly across South Africa and
data and the enrolment targets for 2018/19, it        assessed to be eligible for funding in terms of the    internationally.
is estimated that more than 90% of TVET college       means test, are registered at an institution. This
students will benefit. In addition, enrolled TVET     data integration also enables NSFAS to generate
college students, who meet the requirements           a bursary agreement form. Such forms must be           For free online subscription visit the
for travel and/or accommodation and meals,            signed by the registered student before funding        website and click
will also be supported for these. Approximately       is allocated to the student. Once agreements are       on the icon. For print subscription contact
50 480 TVET college students will qualify for         signed, students receive their funding allocations.    us on email: or
accommodation and food, and a further 82 600               Some institutions report that they have 
will qualify for transport allowances.                submitted the required data but that students

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have not received funds. I have instructed NSFAS       fail to distribute funding to students when it            TVET colleges and universities have also
to urgently address the integration issues and         is available.                                        received an increase in their subsidy allocation over
work with the affected institutions. It is crucial          Students, we are attending to these             the Medium Term Expenditure Framework cycle. I
that NSFAS finalises the 2018 funding decisions        problems. I urge you to sign your bursary            will address this in more detail at a later stage. The
urgently. We need to ensure that all eligible          agreements as soon as they are available.            additional subsidy provides us with an opportunity
students are confirmed, bursary agreements are         Any senior students who have not signed their        to grow more student-centred and successful
signed, and that students get their allowances.        2017 loan agreement forms or schedule of             institutions. The success and sustainability of
     Student organisations have expressed              particulars, must do so immediately! You have a      the DHET Bursary Scheme is dependent on
concerns about allowance payments and these            responsibility to ensure that the institution that   foundations, other government departments and
are being addressed. I intend to release data on       supported you, is paid.                              the private sector, continuing to offer bursaries and
beneficiaries during my budget speech in May.               Universities and colleges must work with        scholarships to students. I would like to urge our
     I have decided that we must assess all            NSFAS and assist with ensuring that their IT         partners in government, non-profit organisations
NSFAS processes and systems this year. We              systems are compatible. That all data integration    and the private sector, to continue their support
need to address all the identified problems            issues are dealt with. Doing this will enable you    for students in TVET colleges and universities.
that have been brought to our attention. The           to support your students better and have their       Government alone cannot address all the funding
DHET will ensure that the NSFAS systems                fees paid over to yourselves by NSFAS sooner.        challenges and appreciates any augmentation of its
are effectively integrated into the colleges and       More will be done to ensure the success of the       efforts in this regard.
university systems. It will further ensure that        NSFAS ‘student-centred’ model. I have directed            Student funding is a critical contributor to
NSFAS staff work closely with financial aid            NSFAS to ensure that the relationship between        the success of students in TVET colleges and
offices at institutional level to address any          NSFAS and the Financial Aid Offices at our           universities. As government, we have made an
problems. Every single delay has a real effect         institutions, is re-established for purposes of      enormous commitment to student support in the
on students. It impacts on their ability to access     ensuring effective implementation. We must           form of this new bursary scheme. It is important
accommodation and food, books and ultimately           enable institutions to have staff who can answer     that we succeed. I call on stakeholders to work
on their ability to succeed. We simply cannot          all NSFAS related questions.                         together to ensure that we succeed.


Minister Pandor’s remarks to the
Black Business Council roundtable,
on education and skills, in Johannesburg,
Gauteng Province, on 17 April.

E   ntrepreneurship has proved to be a requirement
    for job creation. What plans does the DHET
have to address this within the curriculum?
                                                            I am inspired by the success of young
                                                       South African entrepreneurs and innovators.
                                                       Especially those who have taken advantage
                                                                                                            support to motivate social entrepreneurs and
                                                                                                            NGOs to expand and extend their social
                                                                                                            innovation activities.
      I cannot speak for the school curriculum,        of the booming tourism industry, the booming              Government agencies have created
but I can talk about what the DHET does for            mobile industry, the growing market in               financial incentive schemes. For example,
entrepreneurship in the post-school sector.            renewable energy, and the evolving market            in 2015, the National Youth Development
      A R900 million-a-year earmarked grant,           in cultural and creative industries. It is our       Agency, Industrial Development Corporation
supports the University Capacity Development           local innovators and entrepreneurs who will          and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency,
Programme. Universities apply for funding              ultimately create the millions of jobs that          launched a R2.7 billion Youth Fund. This is
through this grant. The grant is a resource for        we need to grow an inclusive economy. As             aimed at fostering entrepreneurship among
seeding development and enhancing capacity.            we know from the Global Entrepreneurship             South Africa’s youth in the age category of 18-
It provides a space for innovation and the             Monitor, our early-stage entrepreneurship            35. In areas where the organisation cannot
testing of ideas to support successful students,       development is low in comparison with similar        directly reach young entrepreneurs, it builds
staff and institutions. It is used to establish a      countries. There is much to do. The DHET             a presence through micro-finance institutions.
number of partnerships or collaborations.              is not alone in promoting entrepreneurship.          Or, it uses the network of its sister agency, the
      One such collaboration is the Entrepreneurship   Other government departments do so as well.          Small Enterprise Development Agency, which
Development in Higher Education Programme.             The Departments of Trade and Industry and            provides non-financial support. Such support
The programme started with assistance of the           Science and Technology, in particular. I am          includes the drawing-up of business plans
University of Johannesburg. It has three main          thinking of the promotions they have initiated       and the provision of mentorships. A country
focuses. These are namely, entrepreneurial             like the Innovation Hub in Tshwane, Gauteng          enhances its prosperity through investment in
students, entrepreneurship in academia which           Province or the Cape Information Technology          new ideas, new opportunities, and new jobs.
includes curricula and staff capability, and           Initiative in Cape Town, Western Cape
entrepreneurial universities. The programme was        Province. Recently, the Department of Science        Update on the SETA landscape
launched at a Lekgotla in March 2017. It formed        and Technology began to build a network of           post- 2020 and the National Skills
part of student entrepreneurship week promotion,       science parks and special economic zones in          Development Plan
which was held on all university campuses. The         co-operation with China. A key requirement           The Skills Development Levy (SDL), is currently
programme is to be expanded this year. It is with      for us, is for these developments to tackle          levied at 1% of payroll and collects R17 billion
a view to bring in all partners, including TVET        the spatial legacy left by apartheid planning.       per annum. SDL collections, unlike other taxes,
colleges, CET colleges and SETAs. In doing so,         This must be undertaken in a rational and            are earmarked to be spent on skills development
the programme will incorporate the entire PSET         sustainable way.                                     only. Today, the spend is administered through
system. We see this as a critical programme to              You will know that small and medium-            the SETA systems and the National Student
ensure the employability of graduates. Universities    sized companies, contribute 40% of our Gross         Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
South Africa, has agreed to host the programme         Domestic Product and account for 60% of                   On the National Skills Development Plan
at their offices in Hatfield Johannesburg, Gauteng     all employment. Government provides an               (NSDP), even though I have approved the
Province. Processes are currently underway to          enabling environment for small to medium             framework, you will agree with me, that more
set up a permanent office that will co-ordinate        sized enterprises. While business and foreign        work still needs to be done on the details.
activities across the system.                          donors, provide financial and technical              Through your representation both at the

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National Skills Authority and the National              decision, has taken place within a short period           introduced a substantial increase in funding to
Economic Development and Labour Council                 of time. While the key policy decision has been           the post-school sector. The aim of which is to
(NEDLAC), you have been involved in one way             made, the policy details will have largely been           ensure that students from low-income families
or another. To this extent, I have further instructed   developed by June. The details that need to be            are able to access and succeed in universities
my Department to commence working, amongst              determined include the conditions attached to             and TVET colleges. It is about reducing
others, on the following issues:                        accepting the bursary. This refers in particular to       barriers. It is about accessing the advantages
●● Further engagements at NEDLAC                        the academic, service and ethical requirements.           that rich students have in going to university. It
    to seek possible consensus on the                   The policies on allowances, and in particular,            is about promoting class and gender diversity.
    practicalities and contributions by all social      subsidised student housing, also require review           This investment in our human capacity will
    partners to steer, drive and implement              and finalisation. Another area that requires              over the long term, assist in moving many
    the objectives in line with the National            clarification, is eligibility for funding. Aspects of     families out of poverty. They too, should reap
    Development Plan and the NSDP;                      this include, admission to an institution and the         the benefits of having received a university or
●● Further engage with the Department                   administration of the means test.                         TVET college education.
    of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation on                 Government’s policy on fee-free university               The majority of students, estimated at 7 in
    the NSDP, especially relating to socio-             education, is an expanded and adapted                     10, at public higher education institutions, are
    economic impact assessment system                   arrangement for providing financial assistance            black and the majority, 6 in 10, are women.
    (SEIAS). You will be aware that Cabinet             to students from families earning below the               Taken together, these numbers represent
    introduced the need for SEIAS with regards          threshold household income of R350 000 per                a huge step away from the discriminatory
    to the proposed                                     annum. These students will be able to access              education systems that hobbled our country
     policy instruments, legislation and                bursaries and subsidies to fund their full                and our people in the past. They represent
    regulations, in February 2007;                      cost of study at universities. The mechanism              a massive step forward in the empowerment
●● To convene targeted engagements with                 for this arrangement will continue to be the              of our young people. Through them, our
    social partners such as business, labour            NSFAS. While the new funding arrangements                 communities and economy stand to benefit.
    and training institutions. The aim of these         are being introduced to provide extended                  While these figures represent good news, the
    targeted engagements is to enhance the              financial support for poor and working class              fact is, that we recognise that we must do
    relations, align the priorities of social           students, university education remains a                  even more as a country. Higher education and
    partners and to consider new proposals              shared responsibility. It is a responsibility             training must be further opened to poor and
    that may support the implementation of              shared by government, the private sector and              previously disadvantaged communities.
    the NSDP. These engagements will also               the families of the students. Therefore, all                   It is also a problem that our post-
    serve to better align the skills development        students will continue to pay university fees.            school education and training is skewed
    landscape as a key intermediary between             The difference now is, that government will               towards university education. Many young
    education and the world of work.                    pay for those who qualify for NSFAS assistance            people would be much better off pursuing a
                                                        via the new bursary scheme.                               vocational education or artisan occupational
My Department was an integral part of the                     All students will be required to pay registration   training. More students enter universities
planning processes leading towards the launch           fees. However, all those who qualify for NSFAS            each year than TVET colleges. This is
of YES, the Youth Employment Service, which             support, whether first-time or continuing                 a situation which is neither ideal nor
took place on 27 March. It is important to state        students, will have the registration fee paid by the      sustainable. If the skills needs of the economy
that the key motivation for conceptualising             NSFAS. The new threshold of R350 000 gross                and society are to be met on a sustainable
YES, was to seek additional measures over               household income per annum, will only apply to            basis, we need to equip those tens of
and above what we are doing, to tackle youth            first-time university students in 2018. Students          thousands of young people for the world of
unemployment. This essentially means that               already in the system and funded through                  work. Those thousands of young people whose
YES will not replace or substitute any existing         NSFAS under current criteria, will continue to be         valuable skills and intelligences are more
programmes. Corporates that are currently               funded. Provided that they meet the household             suited to a vocational or occupational path of
funding internships, apprenticeships and                income threshold of R122 000 per annum.                   study. Another aspect of note, is that of the
other workplace-based learning programmes,              The packages for these NSFAS students will                roughly one million learners leaving school
whether from levy funds or their own Corporate          be converted from loans to bursaries with                 annually. Many do so without a Grade 12
Social Investment resources, will continue              effect from 2018. Funding will be made avail              certificate. Often these learners would have
doing so. Over and above that, they will assist         able as a bursary, with conditions, to those              performed better in vocational or occupational
by participating in the YES programme.                  who qualify.                                              studies. This is why we are putting ever more
     Another important project I want this                    But, let me point out that while 90%                emphasis on TVET colleges. TVET colleges
Council to take closer note of and interest in, is      of households earn less than R350 000                     need to grow substantially. They need to
the Centres of Specialisation for artisans. South       per annum, it does not mean that 90% of                   become much more responsive to the changing
Africa needs partnerships that will generate            university students will receive funding.                 labour market. They must be flexible enough to
solutions to address our many challenges. One                 The DHET estimates that around 40% of               help address the country’s skills shortages and
of the critical challenges confronting South            all first-time students, estimated to be in the           developmental needs.
Africa, is the large number of young people who         vicinity of 200,000, will quality for NSFAS                    Associated with this, is the fact that
have no education, no skills, or occupation.            support in 2018. This indicates the importance            schools and post-school institutions should
The Centres of Specialisation programme                 of developing the other parts of our post-school          work harder to reduce dropout rates. We need
involves employers providing apprenticeships            system. Doing so will ensure that we are able             to ensure that the majority of students graduate
for young people. Colleges provide the training         to offer opportunities to young people for                in the time provided for by the qualification.
while the DHET lends support through funding            post-school education and training, not only              It is really disconcerting that dropout and
and policy.                                             within the university system. Commitments                 throughput rates, still reflect apartheid-
                                                        to improve support for the Technical and                  era patterns in terms of race, 24 years into
Fee-free higher education plan                          Vocational Education and Training Colleges,               our democracy. This requires a responsive,
to include second and third                             are an important part of this process. This is            properly planned and effective post-school
year students roll out?                                 in line with the White Paper on Post-School               education and training system. We are hard at
The Department has introduced a system of fee-          Education and Training.                                   work to make this happen. It also means that
free education. It is being implemented through                                                                   the synchronisation between basic and post-
NSFAS and targets students from low-income              How will fee-free education impact on                     school education must improve dramatically
families. The funding of fee-free education is          the employability of future graduates?                    as well.
deliberately called a bursary scheme, because it        Universities play an invaluable role in passing                Let me leave it there for today. I believe
has conditions attached. It is important to note,       on knowledge to the next generation and                   that taking up the challenge is something we
that student tuition fees will remain a critical part   creating new knowledge, through research.                 all need to think about. To put our hearts into.
of the funding of higher education. There is no         Both these roles set graduates up to                      To master in the interests of those we serve,
intention to implement “free higher education for       contribute to a country’s growth. In spite of             the young people of our country. Serving them,
all”. The implementation of the fee-free education      harsh economic conditions, government has                 we serve all our people.

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Speech by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and
Training, Mr Buti Manamela, MP to the entrepreneurship
and co-operative Development Institute Conference,
Riversands Incubation HUB, Gauteng
 Programme Director,                                         young people may not be receiving the necessary
 Chairperson of Services SETA Board,                         skills and work experience to drive the economy
 The Board of Services SETA, Director-General                forward. This situation cannot be allowed to
 of the Department of Higher Education and                   persist. The challenge of inculcating a culture and
 Training, Senior Officials from Government                  spirit of entrepreneurship and self-employment,
 Departments, SETA CEOs and Officials,                       lies not only in making funding available, but in
 Technical and Vocational Education and Training             developing the skills and competencies of the
 College Representatives, Community Education                youth and potential entrepreneurs in general.
 and Training College Representatives, Organised             South Africa’s policy on SMME development and
 Labour Representatives, Business and Industry               support, is anchored on the National Development
 Representatives, Skills Development Providers,              Plan’s aim of eliminating poverty and reducing
 Ladies and Gentlemen                                        inequality. According to the NDP, South Africa can
                                                             realise these goals by drawing on the energies of

G    ood morning to all. It is my privilege to participate
     in this Entrepreneurship and Co-operative
Development Institute Conference today. We are
                                                             its people, growing an inclusive economy, building
                                                             capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state,
                                                             and promoting leadership and partnerships
                                                                                                                                The Post School Education and Training
                                                                                                                           system, offers formal entrepreneurial education
                                                                                                                           at all levels including Universities, TVET Colleges
constantly reminded of school drop-outs that have            throughout society. The Government’s Nine-Point               and private Skills Development Providers. The
become successful entrepreneurs. Who, have gone              Plan, recognises the SMME sector as one of the                Entrepreneurial Ecosystem offers specialised
on to starting and leading major global enterprises.         critical sectors that can foster economic growth and          support services including Business Development
What comes to mind immediately is, Apple, Virgin,            create job opportunities to eradicate poverty. Point          Services and Business Advisory Services aimed
Facebook and closer to home, Web Africa. These are           7, of the 9 point plan, is: Unlocking the potential           at promoting access to information, access to
but some of those companies. Some commentators               of SMMEs, co-operatives, townships and rural                  markets and access to finance.
have even questioned the value of education in               enterprises. This is regarded as a major job driver.               Entrepreneurial     education     and     skills
developing entrepreneurs.                                          The vision of the National Skills Development           development, whether formal or informal, applied
      However, we must remember that global entities         Strategy III, is a skilled and capable workforce that         or observational, is imperative in building the
like Adobe, Google, Intel and Cisco, were founded by         contributes to economic expansion and inclusive               competencies and capabilities of the SMME sector,
people who finished school and completed their first         growth. Goal 4.6 speaks to encouraging and                    entrepreneurs and co-operatives. Shared National
degree. Education and entrepreneurship can be two            supporting co-operatives, small enterprises, worker-          goals and objectives and corresponding mandates
sides of the same coin. People need the mind-set,            initiated- NGO and community training initiatives.            of the Department of Higher Education and
skills and knowledge to generate creative ideas and          The strategy recognises that “skills development is           Training and the Department for Small Business
the entrepreneurial initiative to turn those ideas into      not just about training people for employment; it must        Development, enables mutually beneficial and
action. There are strong inter-connections between           also empower people to create opportunities to make           reinforcing contributions and partnerships.
education, skills development and entrepreneurship.          a living for themselves”. Similarly, the White Paper               The University Branch of the Department
It is because of this inter-connectedness that the           on Post-School Education and Training recognises              of Higher Education and Training, in March
Department of Higher Education and Training                  the need for the education and training system to             2017, developed a Framework and Action Plan
takes entrepreneurship and the development of                cater for people who will not, in the foreseeable             for Entrepreneurship Development in Higher
entrepreneurs and co-operatives, seriously.                  future, be able to find formal employment in existing         Education aimed at co-ordinating and mobilising
      South Africa’s development blue-print, the             enterprises, who will have to create employment               universities to achieve three primary goals.
National Development Plan (NDP), targets GDP                 opportunities either by starting small businesses in          Namely, Entrepreneurship in Academia through the
growth of 5% and unemployment reduction to 6%                the informal or formal sector, or by establishing co-         curriculum and research; Student Entrepreneurship
by 2030. This is expected to be achieved through             operatives, community organisations or non-profit             through practical application; and Entrepreneurial
the creation of 11 million jobs, the majority of which       initiatives of various types.                                 Universities through commercialisation.
is expected to be contributed by small and expanding               Rural Development, that seeks to create vibrant,             The Small Business Development Agency
businesses. However, our current reality is different.       equitable and sustainable rural communities,                  (SEDA) in 2015, established a programme
The World Bank forecasts growth of 1.1% in                   underpinned by enterprise development to stimulate            partnering the TVET Colleges to establish Centres
2018, higher than the country’s average year-on-             the rural economy and jobs creation and human                 for Entrepreneurship (CfEs), and Rapid Incubation
year growth of 0.8% in 2017. Consequentially,                development - through increasing and diversifying             Centres. These Centres provide an innovative space
the unemployment rate stands at 26.7% as of the              the rural skills base; is a key priority. Additionally, the   for creating viable business ideas and concepts,
last quarter of 2017. SMMEs are a crucial part of            promotion of Co-operatives as an effective vehicle            and technical workspace for product development,
South Africa’s economic growth. It is estimated that         that contributes to the development of rural and              respectively. Key objectives, included fast-tracking
SMMEs contribute more than 30% to South Africa’s             peri-urban areas of the economy, and improves,                and developing youth and graduate entrepreneurs
GDP. With regard to employment, SMMEs in South               primarily, the economic and social well-being of              and creating new and sustainable small businesses.
Africa absorb about 70% to 80% of the employed               black people, women, the youth and people with                The project was initiated in one TVET College
population and contribute less than 4% to export             disabilities, should be targeted.                             per province. The impact of this programme
earnings, leaving a large margin for growth.                       Support and growth of township enterprises,             should be evaluated jointly to strengthen design,
      According to the Global Entrepreneurship               operated by township entrepreneurs to meet                    implementation and access. The cost of establishing,
Monitor South Africa Report of 2016/17, South                primarily the needs within and beyond the                     maintaining and expanding these centres,
African     societal      entrepreneurship       attitudes   township, requires a targeted and co-ordinated                necessitates consideration of a broader partnership
substantially improved over the past decade and are          strategy. One that removes barriers and promotes              framework and models for self-sustainability.
above the average for efficiency driven economies.           thriving local economic activity.                                  All 21 Sector Education and Training Authorities
In contrast, entrepreneurial perception and                        The vision and objectives of our national               (SETAs) have targets to support small businesses,
competencies in the adult population fall below the          policies and strategies remain relevant. What is              co-operatives and non-profit organisations aligned
average for efficiency driven economies. This shows          lacking is integrated and co-ordinated action. It             to the goal of the National Skills Development
a disjuncture between attitudes and skills.                  requires innovation to address the diverse needs              Strategy. It is recognised that Small Business
      The inability of the youth to engage in economic       of targeted beneficiaries, equity in terms of access          Development including New Venture Creation, and
activity and find employment, suggests that                  and the scale of demand.                                      Business Advisory Development qualifications fall

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under the scope of the Services SETA but the             entrepreneurs, structurally and historically             growth, high innovation and high risk entrepreneurs.
demand for skills amongst entrepreneurs, small           marginalised and the economically excluded.              Government programmes need to support those
businesses, and co-operatives, span across                    The complexity and variable needs of SMME,          most vulnerable and marginalised in addition to
all sectors and SETAs. Investment in such                entrepreneurs and co-operatives is acknowledged.         those most prosperous.
training and development has therefore been              The Programme of Action should consider different             I am excited to learn more about the Programme
made across SETAs. The nature and impact                 types of enterprises, their size, and stages of          of Action that the Services SETA has facilitated. This
of these investments on the establishment                development, location, access to technology,             programme of action has the massive potential to
and sustainability of beneficiary enterprises,           markets and competency requirements. It is               shift reality as we know it. We are committed to
requires due consideration. It may not be                understood that entrepreneurial, managerial and          collaborative action and partnerships and wish
adequate on its own. Highlighting the need for           technical skills are required for business success.      you fruitful engagements throughout today. We
collaboration and partnership.                           Quality, adequacy and relevance of supply-side           hope that the engagement will have outcomes that
     Community Colleges, located in townships            services, are as imperative as funding. Within the       change the lives of South Africans.
and rural areas, also offer opportunities                South African context, growth in terms of GDP and
to provide support services for targeted                 jobs will not be achieved by a small minority of high    I thank you.

Address by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education
and Training of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Buti
Manamela, to the African Forum, held in Tunis Tunisia,
on Youth Skills and Enterprises in the Digital Age
                                                         innovation and youth employment. We are firstly          strategic objectives. These include infrastructure
 His Excellency,
                                                         here to learn from our brothers and sisters in Africa.   development; content development and sharing;
 Mr Faouzi Abderrahmane, Minister of
                                                         But, we also want to share what we are doing. Allow      teacher development; technical and pedagogical
 Vocational Training and Employment in Tunisia,
                                                         me to highlight a few innovative developments.           support; research and community involvement. We
                                                              We are focussing on skills development.             have initiated a connectivity initiative where we are
 Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the
                                                         We have declared ‘The decade of the Artisan              connecting all TVET College campuses to uncapped
 Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo,
                                                         (2014 – 2024)’. Through this declaration we are          broadband connectivity for the purposes of
 Egypt, Kenya, Niger and Sudan.
                                                         encouraging and promoting youth development in           administration, teaching, learning and assessment.
                                                         the trades, including those in engineering, service      This will be integrated into an eAdministration
 Ambassador Sahbi Khalfallah,
                                                         industries and business studies.                         initiative, eLearning and lecturer development
 Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the
                                                              In the last financial year, our Institute for the   across the country.
 African Union.
                                                         National Development of Learnerships, Employment               We are furthermore initiating a National Open
                                                         Skills and Labour Assessments (INDLELA), qualified       Learning System. Through this system, it is intended
 Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner,
                                                         21 188 new artisans. In this financial year, a further   that everyone will have free access to high quality
 Human Resources Science and Technology,
                                                         22 188 new artisans will qualify.                        self-directed learning materials and opportunities to
 African Union Commission;
                                                              In order to give skills development its rightful    obtain recognised qualifications. We are progressively
                                                         place in terms of social value, we are focusing on       sourcing and developing interactive learning
 Mr Shem Okore Boda of ADEA
                                                         career advice and guidance. Our Khetha Career            materials and open textbooks in all the 13 priority
 Ambassadors of member states;
                                                         Development Service provides career development          trades. I am hopeful that this initiative will become
 Distinguished International and local
                                                         services for all, through a free helpline, radio         an Africa-wide asset for quality TVET teaching and
 delegates; Programme Director;
                                                         programmes, and the offering of training and support,    learning material. We are giving open learning its
 Ladies and gentlemen.
                                                         to name but a few media. We have a free online portal    rightful place in South Africa. We are prioritising
                                                         called the National Career Advice Portal (NCAP).         the application of information and communication

D    umelang, Sanibonani, Good Morning, Bonjour,
     Sabalheri, Bom Dia, Salaam
      It gives me great pleasure to address you today
                                                         This portal introduces youth to all 1 437 registered
                                                         occupations in South Africa. We would like to share
                                                         this portal structure and content, with interested
                                                                                                                  technology (ICT) in addressing issues of access,
                                                                                                                  equity, redress and equality, through open learning.
                                                                                                                        We are living in a time where our youth are
at the start of this important ‘African Forum on Youth   countries should you wish to operate such a portal.      exposed to more innovation, new high level skills
Skills and Enterprises in the Digital Age’.                   In collaboration with industry, we have             and technological advancements than ever before.
      It is significant that we hold this important      introduced new innovative curricula and                  It is unfortunately the same world where there are
forum in Tunisia. Tunisia is our member state            qualifications called the National Occupational          not enough places in post-school education and
that has just recently been honoured as the ‘Most        Qualifications. In these, we emphasise holistic          training to absorb all the prospective students.
Innovative Economy in Africa’ and overall 43rd           and integrated occupational development through          Where students exiting the system are not assured
in the world, according to the 2018 Bloomberg            programmes that includes theory, practice and work       of finding a place of work. I hope that in this forum,
Innovation Index. I congratulate the Government of       experience. This is closely linked to projects such      we will be able to find some answers to the question
Tunisia on this achievement.                             as the establishment of Centres of Specialisation.       “Are we preparing young people for the world that
      Africa is moving rapidly into the world            For this purpose we identified 26 colleges covering      they are living in and the future that we don’t know?”
innovation scene. Africa is no more the place for        13 priority trades. This initiative is being offered           We need to address these challenges urgently.
merely receiving handouts, but a continent that is       in collaboration with industry who are assisting         I hope that this forum will provide a much needed
increasingly taking its rightful place. We are well      by building infrastructure and the capacity of           injection of creativity to help governments and
aware, that although over the past two decades the       participating colleges. In doing so, the colleges are    development partners in education and training,
economies of our continent have been expanding           able to deliver highly innovative and technological      to address these critical issues. We have to share
and creating substantial wealth, Africa also has         advanced teaching and learning opportunities             common strategies, appropriate models and
the fastest growing youth population in the world.       to our youth. This initiative is aligned with the        innovative approaches to teaching, learning and
This growth places significant emphasis on the           introduction of a dual-system approach in training in    skills development.
continental approach to skills development and           collaboration with German partner, GIZ, and other              I wish you a successful forum. I hope that
youth employment. South Africa has much to               industry partners. Lastly, we have embarked upon         we are able to come forward with constructive
learn, and to contribute, to the social and economic     a large scale drive towards lecturer, facilitator and    and implementable ideas that will ensure that we
development of our continent. I say this in particular   mentor development and training.                         maintain the rapid development momentum of
reference to Agenda 2063. In South Africa, we see             In today’s learning environment, we cannot          our Continent.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training as       teach and learn without technology. In 2004, we
critical to the advancement of skills development,       devised a policy on eLearning. This policy has six       I thank you.

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Process Plant Operations
Lecturer presents paper to Global Congress

P   rocess    Plant    Operations
    lecturer at Ekurhuleni East
TVET College, Mr Nampe Majoe,
was invited to present a paper
based on his Master’s thesis at the
14th Global Congress on Progress
Safety. The conference was held
in Orlando, Florida, USA. His trip
was sponsored by the National
Research Fund.
     Mr Majoe, and his thesis
supervisor    at    UNISA,     Prof
Cornelius Masuku, were the
only South Africans attending
this international conference.
Mr Majoe’s thesis subject is Oxy
Dehydrogenation of Paraffins to          Ekurhuleni East TVET College lecturer Nampe Majoe, with colleague Ms Sello and Process Plant Operations students, as he was
Olefins using Co5MgAIO Catalyst.         leaving to present his Master’s thesis conference paper in Orlando, USA
For the uninitiated among us, the
thesis provides an exploration           Majoe explained that the basis            Bothaville, Free State Province. “It       students. He has been a Process
into the much more cost-effective        of his thesis is how oxygen can           was he that was responsible for            Plant Operations lecturer at the
manufacture of polymers such             be introduced into paraffins.             igniting my passion for Maths and          college since 2013. Principal
as polyester, polythene, and             Thereby, generating its own heat,         Science. This prepared me for my           Happy Sibande commented, “We
polyethylene. All are used in            which makes the manufacturing             studies at the Durban University of        are very proud of Mr Majoe’s
the manufacture of clothing,             process much more cost-effective.         Technology and subsequently for            achievement. Of the contribution
rubber, imitation leather, plastic,          Describing himself as a               the Master’s degree in Chemical            that he is able to make, ensuring
packaging, insulation and so             “Free State boy’tjie”, he credited        Engineering at UNISA”.                     that our Process Plant Operations
on. He made his presentation             Mr Chona, his Maths and                        This is a passion which he            students receive exposure to
to the session on Developments           Science teacher at the Oziel              tries to engender in his own               the latest developments in
in C3-C5 Petrochemicals. Mr              Selele Comprehensive School in            Ekurhuleni East TVET College               this field”.

When passion meets excellence.
A 95% pass-rate and over 50 distinctions is the result
                                                               MATAU MANYE - Marketing Manager

W      hen a lecturer has dedicated
       her life to ensuring that her
students pass, and goes over and
                                         my class how I work, what type
                                         of attitude will enable all of us to
                                         perform better and excellently”,
                                                                                   ensuring that students understand
                                                                                   how important it is for them to do
                                                                                   their part as well. She said that as
                                                                                                                              proper preparations for lessons are
                                                                                                                              pivotal. “Students can see if you
                                                                                                                              are not sure of what you are trying
above what is expected of her as an      said Ms Moroke. She alluded that          a lecturer, students have to trust         to impart to them. That can also
educator, that lecturer is an asset to   she tells her students that she will      you. You have to lead by example.          discourage them from attending
her institution and a true blessing to   not read a text book to them. She         Things like coming to class on time.       your class, or coming on time”,
the students she gets to lecture.        encourages them to get acquainted         Always attending your classes and          she added.
     Ms Winnie Moroke, is one            with each chapter in advance, as
such lecturer, working at Sedibeng       there will be a class discussion on
TVET College. With over 14 years of      the subject, before she introduces
experience in lecturing, she believes    it. This method assists the students
teaching was her calling. “The life      to ask relevant questions and to be
of a lecturer is unpredictable. In my    able to have a fruitful discussion.
experience one seldom offers the         This learning approach becomes
same subject each year or semester.      exciting for students instead of
Sometimes one has to move from           deadpan lecturing. “My student
offering subjects in NC(V) (National     pass rates have excelled since
Certificate Vocational), to offering     2009. It is because of the type of
subjects in Nated studies the            discipline I instil in them from the
following year. Course content is        first time we meet. It comes down
not the same and so it is with the       to the fact that we do not only write
age group that is going to attend”.      scheduled tests. After every module
     Ms Moroke prides herself in the     or section, we write a test to ensure
manner in which her students are         that they have understood the work
performing. She says that, it doesn’t    properly”, adds Ms Moroke.                Getting down to the brass tacks of effective teaching and learning practices,
come easy. “At the beginning of each           She also reiterates that proper     are from left, Campus Manager Vanderbijlpark, Ms Manini Radebe, Lecturer
semester or each year, I explain to      classroom management is key to            Ms Winnie Moroke and Head of Department Business Studies, Ms Eurica Dalton

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                                           EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Colleges Awarded by PMR Africa
   IVAN SWART- Public Relations,
   Content and Social Media Practitioner

N    orthlink TVET College has been
     awarded the Diamond Arrow
Award for the third consecutive year.
     The awards were made
by, a Professional
Market Research company, at the
recently convened 2018 Awards
ceremony. In addition to the last
three Diamond Arrow Awards,
Northlink TVET College has also
previously been awarded the
Golden Arrow and Silver Arrow
Awards. The Diamond Award is
the result of the past year’s survey
that was conducted in the Western
Cape Province. The survey of 142
respondents included CEO’s, MD’s,
Business Owners and various
Company Directors and Managers
as well as Senior Government
Officials. Northlink TVET College
was scored 4.2 out of the 5 scale
rating. The Diamond Arrow Award
is the highest award in its category.
Damelin College (private) came             Sister colleges awarded for excellence. Collecting on their behalf were, Acting Marketing Manager Una Finnucane. For College
in at second place with a Golden           of Cape Town for TVET, Acting Deputy Principal: Innovation and Development Deon Halls and for Boland TVET College, Acting
Arrow Award.                               Marketing Manager Grethe Conradie
     “The dedication and hard work
of our staff has made it possible          a leading provider of education             won a Diamond Arrow Award for the            to the role that the TVET College
for Northlink TVET College to be           and training,” said Principal Leon          Boland Region and College of Cape            sector has secured in education
top of mind in this province. We           Beech. The College was one of the           Town for TVET won the Golden Arrow           and training. More specifically, the
will not cease, or even relax, our         three sister TVET Colleges honoured         Award for the Cape Peninsula region.         impact that TVET Colleges have in
endeavours to continue being               at the event. Boland TVET College               These awards bear testimony              the business sector.

Golden Arrow Award for highly rated college
                                                                   DEON HALLS - Academic Manager

                                                                                       I n April, the College of Cape Town
                                                                                         for TVET received the Golden
                                                                                       Arrow Award in the category
                                                                                                                                    include, adaptability; attitude;
                                                                                                                                    competence; confidence levels;
                                                                                                                                    innovation; knowledge of advisers;
                                                                                       Colleges and Training Institutions.          quality and speed of processing,
                                                                                            The 2018 Western Cape                   amongst         others.     Another
                                                                                       Provincial      Survey     Business          criteria is that of reputation.
                                                                                       Excellence awards, were hosted by            This is measured in terms of
                                                                                       PMR Africa. The results of a survey          perception of the company’s
                                                                                       of 170 companies, was based on               brand, integrity, and corporate
                                                                                       business sentiment. This was with            social investment.
                                                                                       specific reference to effectiveness,              These ratings were based on
                                                                                       excellence, leadership, resilience           the perceptions of the respondents.
                                                                                       and indications of customer                  Apart from industry recognition
                                                                                       service and customer satisfaction.           and sector benchmarking, the
                                                                                       The award is an indicator of the             purpose of the award is to enhance
                                                                                       College’s core competencies as               excellence, to recognise hard-work
                                                                                       measured within the Technical and            and service delivery and to value
                                                                                       Vocational Education and Training            the contributions of personnel in
                                                                                       sector. It furthermore indicates             achieving the status of excellence.
                                                                                       its contribution to the stimulation          Principal Louis van Niekerk,
                                                                                       of     economic       growth     and         expressed his pride on receiving the
                                                                                       development in the Western Cape.             award. He attributes the recognition
                                                                                       The respondents rated the College            to hard work and the dedicated
Deon Halls proudly displays the College of Cape Town for TVET Golden Arrow Award       on various attributes. These                 service of college staff.

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