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Volume 58
                             College Times
            September 2019   The Official Quarterly TVET College Newsletter and Journal

Local apprentices compete
on the global stage

                                                     TVET COLLEGE TIMES September 2019
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A melting pot of hope for a better SA!

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                                                                                                                                                                         College Times
                                              P   utting together this edition of TVET
                                                  College Times has been like a veil
                                              that has been lifted: I can see more
                                                                                          and strategic positions. For instance, in
                                                                                          2019, the former principal of Ekurhuleni
                                                                                          West TVET College, Hellen Manakedi
                                                                                                                                            Volume 58
                                                                                                                                                        September 2019   The Official Quarterly TVET College Newsletter and Journal

                                              clearly now.                                Ntlatleng, was appointed permanently
                                                   Before this, I’d never really paid     as the regional manager responsible for
                                              attention to the intrinsic value of         TVET and CET colleges in Gauteng and
                                              TVET colleges. I have my regular            Free State.
                                              visits to hair and nail salons. I’ve also         Notwithstanding the firm institutional
                                              been meaning to find an electrician         base, the support from the business
                                              for my busted bathroom light fitting        community in national TVET college
                                              and a panel beater for the dings            programmes, workplace opportunities
                                              and scratches on my car. I definitely       for college students and apprentices,
                                              can’t wait for my next boat cruise,         and companies that continue to support
                                                                                                                                            Local apprentices compete
                                              the windy city of Port Elizabeth            this publication by way of advertising            on the global stage
National Skills Fund Public Relations
and Communication Director, Khanyisa          almost ruined my first experience.          is immeasurable. It is through strategic
Ngewu, is the interim editor of TVET          I’m still at shock that buildings can       partnerships      with     business     and                                                            TVET COLLEGE TIMES September 2019

College Times                                 be developed so quickly. Seeing             community structures that the delivery
Editorial team                                Gauteng’s landscape constantly              of the integrated nature of TVET college          IN THIS ISSUE:
Editor: Khanyisa Ngewu
                                              changing with new skyscrapers
                                              mushrooming everywhere, every few
                                                                                          teaching and learning programmes are
                                                                                          constantly being strengthened.
                                                                                                                                            Cover story
Subeditor: Tumelo Morobe
                                              months, has possibly been the most                Additionally, creating opportunities        The focus on Artisan
Web/digital manager:
Nashveer Nemesar                              remarkable change for me coming             to access maritime opportunities is a             Development on pages 32 - 35
Design and Layout: MPDPS (Pty) Ltd            from the Eastern Cape with a lot            critical government focus in realising            features Philile Jessica Mngadi,
Printing: Shumani RSA
Professional language service:                fewer property developments.                the growth potential of South Africa’s            on the cover, one of the emerging
Woodleys Literacy Services                         What are marvel it has been,           ocean economy. Collaboration of the
Account management:
                                                                                                                                            artisans representing South Africa
                                              therefore, working on this edition as       department with the South African
False Bay TVET College
                                              it has given me the answer to my            Maritime Safety Authority for the August          at the WorldSkills International
Copyright                                     unspoken question: “Where are such          TVET Month activities and the Ministerial         Competition in Kazan, Russia.
                                              skills produced?”                           launch of the Maritime Academy at
Department of Higher Education
and Training, Chief Directorate:                   I extend appreciation to the 16        Umfolozi TVET College eSikhawini
Communication and Media Liaison, Private      of colleges, the various units of the       Campus are developments that assist
Bag X174, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.       Department Higher Education and             in raising awareness about the need to                                          From the Minister
TVET colleges website                         Training and strategic partners that        produce scarce maritime skills.
                                                                                                                                            Page 3
                                              contributed editorial for this edition,           Universities are definitively not
Visit                  and in turn giving me a taste of the        the only post-schooling option. This is
for the free online subscription to                                                                                                                                       From the Ministry
TVET College times.                           essence of TVET colleges.                   demonstrable in the thousands of TVET
                                                   Considering that TVET college          college graduates awarded national
Waiver                                                                                                                                      Page 5
                                              system spans 264 campuses across            vocational certificates and diplomas in
The views and opinions of contributors        South Africa’s nine provinces, one          the third quarter of the 2019 academic                                         Cutting Edge News
do not necessarily reflect those of the       cannot deny that this institution is the    year across the three main learning
Department of Higher Education and            beacon of hope for our communities.         streams offered by TVET colleges;
Training. TVET College Times and the                                                                                                        Page 10 - 14
department accept no liability with                With the visionary leadership of       vocational, occupational and artisanal
regards to authorship and content of          Dr Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher       education and training.                                                   Movers and Shakers
articles and photographs and present          Education, Science and Technology,                It is also pleasing to see different
these as bona fide editorial contributions.
                                              backed by a solid TVET branch and           colleges responding to broader societal
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Contributors send articles to:                some thousands of TVET professionals        challenges. This includes the TVET
                                              employed in teaching and learning           colleges that have setup engagement                                                Campus Matters
To send your article use this URL:   as well as operational and support          platforms to educate staff and students
Times.aspx                                    functions of the TVET college system:       on gender-based violence, and colleges
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                                              the future of South Africa’s technically-   that are exposing their learners to
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                                              inclined youth is well-founded.             entrepreneurial development initiatives.
and editorial matters:                                                                                                                                                   Intellectual Debate
                                                   Having woman leaders in the                  It is an honour and privilege to be
E-mail:             TVET college system is a notable            part of the TVET college community.
Telephone: 012 943 2914                                                                                                                     Page 43
Closing date for Volume 59:                   feather in the cap. Not only does           Let us continue to fly the TVET college
Thursday, 25th October 2019                   this contribute towards to the              flag with an unwavering commitment
                                              department’s employment equity              to deliver quality teaching and learning                      Policy and Operational Shifts
TVET College Times is supported by
subscribers and advertisers.                  goals, but advances government’s            for many hopefuls who enrol at
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                                              bid to see more women in leadership         TVET colleges.

TVET College Times is largely a self-funding subscriber-based publication. A total of 16 TVET colleges contributed editorial for this edition:

Capricorn College for TVET Marketing and Branding Officer Adelaide Mabotja and Public Relations Officer Tumelo Morobe | Eastcape Midlands TVET College
Communications Supervisor Dr Olawami Kate Oladimeji | Ekurhuleni West TVET College Marketing Manager David Muleele and Marketing Officer Phanuel Chauke |
False Bay TVET College Rapid Incubator and Centre for Entrepreneurship Manager Abraham Oliver and Marketing Officer Roshin Schmidt | Gert Sibande TVET College
Marketing Intern Zanele Mdebele | Majuba TVET College Marketing Manager Nashveer Nemesar, Digital Media Coordinator Quraysha Desai and Journalist Trainee
Thobile Tshabalala | Mopani South East TVET College Public Relations (PR) Officer Tiyani Mboweni | Motheo TVET College Communication Officer Lame Morubane |
Northlink TVET College Internal Communication and Publications Practitioner Cheslyn Johnson, Lecturer Kobus Hanekom, Head of Department Mark Lawrence, Campus
Manager Pat Lawrence and Senior Manager Innovation and Development Sandra Schmidt | ORBIT TVET College Human Resource Manager Gilbert Mafojane, Centre
for Entrepreneurship Office Manager Nthabiseng Mosala, Centre for Entrepreneurship Office Manager, Business Development and Innovation Manager Peter Matlou and
E-Media and Communications Administrator Tshegofatso Rapoo | Port Elizabeth TVET College Marketing Intern Mbasa Ngwatyu | Sedibeng TVET College Marketing
Manager Matau Manye | South West Gauteng TVET College PR Officer Sabelo Tshabalala | Vhembe TVET College PR Officer Makaroka Mphahlele | Waterberg TVET
College PR Intern Matsatsi Kgamedi | Waterberg TVET College Marketing Intern Walter Langa | West Coast TVET College Marketing Manager Ivan Swart

These contributions represent just over 30% of the 50 public TVET colleges in South Africa. Securing all 50 public TVET colleges as subscribers and contributors for upcoming
editions will assist in stimulating the ongoing dialogue fostered through the publication. The TVET college sector has a national footprint. The active participation of all public
TVET colleges in the publication will demonstrate the reach and impact of TVET colleges throughout South Africa.

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                                                    TVET colleges remain
                                                    SA’s enabler for skills
                                                    development and
                                                    job creation
                                                    colleges with an amount of R100 million,         entered into three-year funding agreements
                                                    and which has increased to R5 billion by the     with all 50 TVET colleges towards
                                                    2018/19 financial year.                          occupational programmes for scarce and
                                                        Additionally, in line with the President’s   critical skills areas, with capacity building
                                                    focus since taking office, the Department of     of college staff being a critical focus of the
                                                    Higher Education and Training (DHET) will in     NSF-funded skills development initiatives.
Minister of Higher Education, Science               the next 10 years focus on the effectiveness     The SETAs also continue to provide grants to
and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande, MP                and expansion of the new bursary scheme in       TVET colleges for occupational qualifications
                                                    both the university and TVET college sectors.    and other programmes.

I wish to use this opportunity to assure
  the Technical Vocational Education and
Training college sector, its staff and students,
                                                    With a view to ensuring improved access to
                                                    post-school education for the working class
                                                    and poor, students from families earning
                                                                                                         This additional funding augments the
                                                                                                     DHET’s TVET college sector budget. Yet, with
                                                                                                     all this support for student funding up to
workplace partners and local communities            less than R350 000 per annum will benefit        investment in infrastructure, the performance
that my Ministry, which now combines higher         from comprehensive support in the form of a      of the TVET college sector remains a concern.
education with science and innovation, is           bursary for the duration of their studies.           On the positive side, I see a key intervention
not going to abandon vocational education               In response to the President’s systematic    with the potential to reverse this trend. It is the
and training just because it is not included        planning focused on the 44 district              ongoing process of institutionalising lecturer
in its title. I will continue to give priority to   municipalities of our country, our plan is to    and facilitator capacity-building through funding
the expansion, improvement of quality, and          significantly expand infrastructure for TVET     from the skills levy system. A similar process
increased programme offerings for the TVET          colleges. This includes new institutions         was adopted in the university sector almost a
college sector.                                     and campuses, as well as the upgrading of        decade ago, with very positive results.
    The integration of higher education and         information communication technology so              The rapid expansion of TVET colleges
training with science and innovation is a           that our TVET colleges can become part of        in its history has given rise to concerns
huge opportunity for a more coordinated             the modern digital era.                          that such growth needs to be deferred until
approach towards skills development, knowledge          A notable advancement in terms of            more attention has been devoted to quality
production and innovation.                          technology infrastructure is the initiative      and efficiency.
    For example, as part of strengthening the       launched by the DHET and South African               While 2019 marks 25 years of South
TVET college sector, I am going to ensure that      Broadband Education Networks. The project        Africa’s democracy, this year also marks
funding is set aside by my departments to           will give students in TVET colleges better       the 21-year journey of the TVET college
incentivise and support innovation in TVET          access to free and uninterrupted broadband       system that dates to the Further Education
colleges. There are plenty of innovations           internet. The project will also connect the      and Training (FET) Act 98 of 1998 that
emerging out of the TVET college sector             campuses to the South African National           facilitated the merger and integration of
although so far these have not been fully           Research Network, giving students easier         FET colleges under provincial regulation. In
supported by government. I therefore invite         access to research resources.                    essence, the remodeling of the FET colleges
business and industry to partner with                   In terms of infrastructure, the National     into the current 50 TVET colleges was aimed
government in promoting and harnessing              Skills Fund (NSF) has committed R1.5             at ensuring standardised access to learning
innovative ideas originating from the sector.       billion and sector education and training        opportunities between formerly advantaged
    TVET colleges are designed to be                authorities (SETAs) allocated R1 billion         and disadvantaged institutions.
responsive, demand-driven institutions, and         towards the TVET infrastructure development          In the years since the DHET took over the
to be internationally competitive. This calls       which involves the construction of new TVET      management of the 50 TVET colleges countrywide
for TVET colleges to offer quality education        college campuses in rural or semi-rural areas    and absorbed all adult education and training
and training geared to meet the needs of            of the country. The NSF is also funding the      facilities into nine community colleges, the
the economy and global standards. TVET              infrastructure upgrades at 26 TVET campuses      DHET’s mandate has expanded to become one of
colleges, therefore, need to strengthen their       which are participating in the initial rollout   the largest state departments in the country.
role in providing quality education in an           of the Centres of Specialisation programme,          As we draw to the end of the 2019
environment that is conducive to teaching           with a R150 million funding allocation.          academic year, now is the time to reassess
and learning.                                           Additionally, the College Infrastructure     the quality and efficiency of the TVET college
    I acknowledge that significant work has         Efficiency Grant for maintenance with over       system. Now presents an ideal opportunity
gone into updating the TVET college curricula       R1 billion per year for three years up to 2022   for the TVET college system to evaluate the
to ensure that learning outcomes are current        is being rolled-out in all 50 TVET colleges.     impact it has made on the economic and
and relevant to workplace practices.                    The development of decent, affordable        social upliftment of the people of South Africa.
    Despite the steady increase in the funding      student housing for universities and TVET        Now is the time for each college to appraise
and support from government towards the             colleges is a key infrastructure priority for    its performance against its mandated objectives
TVET college sector over the years, student         our sixth administration. In that regard, the    and government priorities. Now is the time
performance has not improved remarkably.            Student Housing Infrastructure Programme         to assess individual college’s performance
This is despite the fact that, in the 10 years      will enable the provision of 300 000 beds        over the past years to ensure better
since government introduced the National            over 10 years.                                   alignment with the emerging priorities of the
Student Financial Aid Scheme in TVET                    On the other hand, the NSF has also          sixth administration.

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Minister’s Budget Vote Speech
Extracts of the speech delivered by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, in the National Assembly,
Parliament of South Africa on 12 July 2019 under the theme “Celebrating 25 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa”

T   his marks the first budget for the Department of
    Higher Education and Training as we commence
with the Sixth Parliament. This year, we are also
                                                             relating to curriculum development, science and
                                                             innovation. Its output will also be a crucial input
                                                             into the work of the Presidential Commission on
                                                                                                                         Whilst we acknowledge that a lot has been
                                                                                                                     done to transform the higher education system
                                                                                                                     demography, there is a need and urgency to
celebrating 25 years of freedom and democracy in             the 4IR presided over by the State President.           significantly accelerate transformation in the
South Africa. It is a quarter of a century since the             As this work is underway, the department            racial and gender profile of our academic and
founding father of our nation, Nelson Rolihahla              is already developing a Skills Master Plan in           research communities.
Mandela, stood before the people of this country to          response to the known skills demands associated             I am expecting to receive a report on
declare: “Let there be justice for all”. Indeed, equitable   with the 4IR and other key sectors of the economy.      what the obstacles are in the production of
access to education is an important part of restoration      This plan will be complemented by the National          black and women South African academics
of social justice beyond just legislative redress,           List of Occupations in High Demand and the List         in our institutions, and how to overcome
especially in the context of our history.                    of Critical Skills.                                     such obstacles.
     In the gallery, we are joined by learners from the          Additionally, the new Sector Education and              The Department of Higher Education and
George Town High School, Mthethomusha High                   Training Authority (SETA) Landscape will be             Training has also developed a draft policy
School and crystal Springs Primary. They are Noxolo          implemented from 1 April 2020 with aim to               framework dealing with Gender Based Violence
Ngcobo, Kabelo Rigala and Bongiwe Dladla.                    strengthen, realign and repurpose the SETA system.      for the PSET system in 2017, through the
     These children are top achievers from their                 Artisan skills development remains a top priority   Higher Education and Training HIV and AIDS
respective schools. They hail from less privileged           whilst we have to rapidly expand workplace-based        (HEAIDS) Programme. This policy is being
schooling backgrounds in KwaZulu-Natal but did not           learning through learnerships, work-integrated          taken through the department’s processes and
allow their current prevailing circumstance to distract      learning and internships.                               will be finalised in the 2019/20 financial year.
them from building a solid foundation for their future.
     We welcome President Cyril Ramaphosa’s                                                                          Universities
decision to combine the Ministry of Higher                                                                           We need to expand university education by
Education and Training together with Science and
                                                                   The recently launched                             increasing opportunities for access through
Technology. This strategic realignment will open                                                                     online and after work modes of delivery.
opportunities in the production of both knowledge
                                                                Centres of Specialisation                            Notably, the number of research masters and
and skills and significantly contribute towards                                                                      doctoral graduates has increased at a higher
innovation in our country.
                                                                      (CoS) pilot is being                           rate than the overall number of graduates,
     In addition, the integrated Ministry will not                                                                   which is critical because our country
simply ensure greater administrative efficiency or
                                                                       prioritised for the                           depends on these post-graduates for its future
bureaucratic streamlining, but will drive the post-                                                                  academics, researchers and other leaders
school knowledge and skills development imperative
                                                                 training of 780 youth in                            within knowledge-intensive professionals.
more decisively, more effectively and with greater                                                                       Through our public universities, we
transformational impact in society. It offers the country
                                                                  artisan skills in the first                        implemented the Central Applications Clearing
with a unique opportunity to realign, reposition and                                                                 House, to efficiently and effectively manage
project the joint capabilities of the entire post-school
                                                                   year rollout in 2019. It                          the enrolments of prospective students, as a
knowledge and production system at the core of the                                                                   prelude to the planned Central Applications
national development agenda.
                                                                 involves 26 TVET college                            Service (CAS).
     Following the adoption of the White Paper for                                                                       Once established, CAS will be a one-stop-
Post-School Education and Training in 2016, we
                                                                    campuses improving                               shop for applications into PSET institutions,
have now completed the National Plan for Post-                                                                       ensuring that prospective students can
School Education and Training (NPPSET). The
                                                                 their capacity to develop                           apply for a wide range of programmes and
NPPSET gives practical planning effect to the policy                                                                 institutions, and at the same time apply for
goals and objectives of the post-school system. In
                                                                   artisans with industry                            accommodation funding.
essence, it is a consolidated roadmap for a more                                                                         Through this service, students will also
integrated, transformed, articulated and effective
                                                                   partners in 13 priority                           have access to career development services
post-school system.                                                                                                  and information. We remain concerned
     I also welcome the President’s focus on a national
                                                                     trades/occupations.                             about the governance failures we have seen
spatial development strategy based on systematic                                                                     in some universities recently. I am especially
and planning around the 44 district municipalities                                                                   worried about the role of some of our statutory
and eight metros of our country.                                 The recently launched Centres of                    governance structures in creating these failures.
     We aim to ensure that within the next 10 years          Specialisation (CoS) pilot is being prioritised         We are taking expeditious steps to prevent
there is no district municipality without access to a        for the training of 780 youth in artisan skills         and rectify instances of maladministration,
post-school training institution. This, in my view, will     in the first year rollout in 2019. It involves          malfeasance       and    mismanagement         of
be a major development in the struggle to overcome           26 TVET college campuses improving their                our institutions.
the spatial legacies of under-development inherited          capacity to develop artisans with industry                  We will continue to apply the Guidelines
from the apartheid and colonial system.                      partners in 13 priority trades/occupations.             for Good Governance Practice for Councils
     The Ministerial Task Team on the Fourth                     Through the National Skills Fund, we                of South African Universities which were
Industrial Revolution (4IR) established by my                have made available R150 million to upgrade             approved and published at the end of 2017.
predecessor, Minister Naledi Pandor, will provide            workshops at the TVET colleges participating in         This is a framework for effective university
critical policy advice on how our PSET system                the CoS programme. The SETAs have ensured               governance and sets out the capacity needed
should respond to opportunities and challenges               that all participating employers in the CoS             by councils. We urge alumni, in particular, to
presented by the 4IR, particularly on issues                 programme received a discretionary grant.               come closer to their alma mater.

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We continue to monitor the private higher            subsidies to assist with accommodation, living               and scheduled for completion in 2020. This
education sector which according to our records         expenses, and transport costs where appropriate.             includes Sterkspruit, Aliwal North, Graaff Reneit,
consists of 106 registered institutions and 30               The bursary was introduced in 2018 for qualifying       Ngungqushe, Umzimkhulu, Greytown, Msinga,
provisionally registered institutions. We will          first-time entry students into public universities and       Nongoma and Kwagqikasi.
continue to publish warnings of bogus colleges          TVET colleges and has been extended to the 2019                  Contracts will be awarded for a further
and information on how to verify the credentials        cohort of first-time entry and second year students.         four new campus sites in 2019/20. The sites
of these institutions and for law enforcement                It will be phased in at universities over five years,   include Balfour, Giyani, Nkandla B and Vryheid.
agencies to take action against transgressors.          with the new first-time cohort added each year. By           Construction will commence with a new campus
                                                        2022, the scheme will cover all cohorts of students          site for Mitchells Plain in 2020.
TVET colleges                                           across the university system. The scheme will                    In addition, a College Infrastructure Efficiency
We are also continuing to update the TVET college       support approximately 50% of the undergraduate               Grant for maintenance with over R1 billion per year
curricula in order to make the learning outcomes        student population at public universities.                   from 2018/19 to 2021/2022 is being rolled-out
current and relevant to workplace practices.                 The bursary is being implemented through the            based on the National Immovable Maintenance
However, we are deeply concerned that despite           National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).               Management Standard in all 50 public TVET colleges.
the increase in funding to TVET colleges, student       The substantial investment in poor and working-class             An      infrastructure    priority   for     our
performance has not improved.                           students over the 2019 medium-term expenditure               Sixth Administration includes the development of
    As a result, we are currently in the process of     framework (MTEF) amounts to R82 billion for university       decent, affordable student housing for universities
institutionalising lecturer and facilitator capacity-   students and R20.4 billion for TVET college students         and TVET colleges. The Student Housing
building through funding from the skills levy           and apprentices.                                             Infrastructure Programme has been developed to
system. A similar process was adopted in the                 Serious deficiencies in the systems, business           accelerate the provision of 300 000 beds over
university sector almost a decade ago, with very        processes and capacity of the NSFAS led to it to             10 years.
positive results.                                       being placed under administration in August 2018.                The first three universities under this
    We have also established a task team to                  Since the appointment of the Administrator,             programme are at various stages in the
address the backlogs on the issuing of TVET             Dr Randall Carolissen, there have been significant           development of 5 836 beds with a further six
certifications. As at January 2019, the backlog         improvements in the NSFAS operations including               projects of 13 977 beds undergoing assessment
had been reduced to 15 000 from 236 000                 better working relations between NSFAS and                   through the Budget Facility for Infrastructure for
NC (V) certificates. We will continue to work           institutions, which resulted in a more successful            possible launching in the coming year.
towards eliminating this backlog.                       registration process in early 2019.                              This has been made possible through a
                                                             The focus is to ensure the immediate short-term         partnership between the Ministry of Higher
Community education                                     stability of NSFAS, and to put in place effective            Education, Science and Technology, the
and training colleges                                   policies and systems to ensure that funding gets             Infrastructure Investment Programme of South
We will increase youth and adult participation          to qualifying students on time and that they are             Africa, the Development Bank of Southern Africa
opportunities in the community education and            effectively supported to succeed in their studies.           and National Treasury.
training (CET) college system to one million                 A full assessment and investigation into
students by 2030. It is against this backdrop that      the root causes of the systems, processes,                   In conclusion
the growth and expansion of institutions within         policies and capacity problems at NSFAS will be              I am confident that the effective implementation
the CET college system is a strategic priority of       undertaken by a specialist Ministerial team to be            of our plans will ensure that we build on the
the department.                                         appointed over the next few months. In addition,             successes already achieved and progressively
    We are hard at work to ensure that we               we will be working closely with NSFAS to ensure              move forward in achieving our long-term goals as
diversify our programme offerings for upskilling        a smooth transition between the Administrator                a country.
the unemployed youth and adults in all our              and new management and governance teams.                        I thank the Honourable President, Deputy
CET colleges inline with the National Policy on                                                                      President, Cabinet colleagues, Deputy Minister
Community Education and the White Paper for             Infrastructure development                                   Manamela, the Chairperson and members of the
PSET and to align programmes with the 4IR.              From 2018/19 to 2020/21, we have                             Portfolio Committee for the support and guidance.
                                                        strengthened our investment in infrastructure                   Gratitude also goes to my wife, my staff
Funding universities                                    projects across our 26 universities by investing             in the Ministry and to the Director-General,
and TVET colleges                                       a total of R11.7 billion. While all universities             Gwebinkundla ‘Gwebs’ Qonde and the entire
In 2018, a national bursary scheme was introduced to    benefit from this investment, there is a focus on            Executive Management Committee and staff of
support students from families earning a gross annual   historically disadvantaged institutions that had             the department, the boards and executives of
income of up to R350 000 per annum at universities      been under-resourced in the past.                            our entities, and everybody who contributed
and TVET colleges, to cover their full tuition costs,       The TVET college sector has made strides                 toward the achievement of our mandate as
books and learner support materials, and to provide     with nine new campus sites under construction                the department.

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Let’s grow SA together
Extracts of the speech by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Buti Manamela, on the Department of Higher
Education and Training Budget Vote 2019/20 in the National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa on 12 July 2019.

I t gives me great pleasure to address you on
  the Department of Higher Education and
Training Budget Vote and to further expand
                                                   survey. According to the South African
                                                   Depression and Anxiety Group, one in four
                                                   university students has been diagnosed with
on some areas of the budget following the          depression. Yet, only one in six students
Minister’s address.                                receives minimally adequate mental health
    President Ramaphosa, in his 2019 State         treatment. The challenges are varied and can
of the Nation Address, stirred our imagination     be debilitating where students need psycho-
towards a smart city built on the technologies     social support.
of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR).            The Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS)
    Smart cities need smart universities and       programme of the department will be
smart post-school education and training           rebranded and launched as Higher Health.
institutions.    These     smart    institutions   In addition to providing free mobile
creatively integrate innovation in their DNA.      health and wellness screening on human
They have smart software and hardware              immunodeficiency virus, tuberculosis, and
systems with smart classrooms and state of the     sexually transmitted infections, contraceptives
art technologies.                                  and family planning. It will also include
    They have smart pedagogy with modern           psycho-social services to support students
teaching and learning strategies. They offer
smart qualifications and programmes that
are in demand. They push the frontiers                The HEAIDS programme
of knowledge production. These are the
smart post-school education and training                  also promotes the                          Deputy Minister of Higher Education,
institutions that we strive for.                                                                     Science and Technology, Buti Manamela
    As we strive for smart institutions, we
                                                     prevention, early detection
are mindful of the existing challenges that              and management of
our students and institutions face. We have                                                          interventions to tackle the psycho-social
made great strides in improving access to                 non-communicable                           issues that students face. Together we will
post-school education and training.                      diseases. Not only is                       tackle these problems so that we can have
    The number of students in these institutions                                                     greater success in higher education.
is significant and attests to the progress that             type 2 diabetes
we have made in broadening access. Now                                                               Second chance learning
we are strengthening structures, systems
                                                        increasingly common                          This year marks the fourth year of existence
and interventions to increase throughput                 among children and                          of the community education and training
and success. After all, our students enter                                                           (CET) colleges; a sector that has the
our institutions because they want to make a          young adults across the                        potential to realise a tangible transformation
success of their lives.                                world, but South Africa                       of historically-marginalised communities
    Access must lead to success. We know                                                             including out-of-school youth and adults.
that the well-being of students is challenged          has a specific problem                            In this year, the department will strengthen
every day. Suicide is the second leading                                                             the capacity of its 54 community learning
cause of death for higher education students.
                                                      of hypertension among                          centres with a total of R2.5 billion set aside
As many of 24.5% of students interviewed                     young people                            towards the CET function. Additionally,
reported some suicide ideation in a recent                                                           in 2019, the department will finalise the
                                                                                                     development of norms and standards for
                                                                                                     funding CET colleges to ensure equitable share
      The number of students                       with mental illnesses, alcohol and substance      of the budget among the nine CET colleges.
                                                   abuse as well as assisting students who               The department has also put in place a CET
       in these institutions is                    are marginalised based on gender diversity        System: National Plan for the implementation
       significant and attests                     and disability.                                   of the White Paper for Post-School Education
                                                       The HEAIDS programme also promotes the        and Training system for 2019-2030.The plan
      to the progress that we                      prevention, early detection and management        clarifies the vision of the CET programme,
                                                   of non-communicable diseases. Not only is         and provides guidance on access and success
    have made in broadening                        type 2 diabetes increasingly common among         towards achieving the National Development
         access. Now we are                        children and young adults across the world,       Plan (NDP) 2030 target of a million
                                                   but South Africa has a specific problem of        enrolments in CET programmes. The plan
    strengthening structures,                      hypertension among young people.                  also provides guidance on the rationalisation
    systems and interventions                         HEAIDS conducted 141 785 blood                 of the CET institutional landscape through
                                                   pressure measurements and 85 328 blood            the consolidation of the 3 276 community
       to increase throughput                      sugar tests across our universities and TVET      learning centres and satellite learning centres
                                                   colleges. Overall, in the past three years,       for efficiency, development and support. Our
       and success. After all,                     the HEAIDS programme has facilitated the          sector education and training authorities
       our students enter our                      establishment of 80 clinics at TVET colleges.     (Setas) continue to play a critical role in
                                                   We will continue to improve and expand            closing the skills gap.
     institutions because they                     health and psycho-social services across              Within a hundred days of the President’s
      want to make a success                       our institutions because this contributes to      State of the Nation Address, the department
                                                   student success.                                  will publish the new Seta Landscape that
             of their lives                             We will work with them to design             will be implemented on 1 April 2020. This
                                                   and implement appropriate and relevant            will give certainty for the skills development

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making appropriate career and study choices.
   At the same time, we will                      Working with the Seta’s and other government
                                                                                                            The placement
                                                  departments, the department will lead and
      be expanding other                          expand the necessary career guidance and            target for 2019 is 1 000
            forms of                              development initiatives that must be offered
                                                  in our communities.                                  internship placements
  workplace-based learning,
     such as learnerships,                        Artisan development                                     for 18 months as
                                                  remains a priority
   work-integrated learning                       At the same time, we will be expanding other        well as up to a thousand
                                                  forms of workplace-based learning, such
     and internships. Both                        as learnerships, work-integrated learning
                                                                                                       casual placements for
      artisanal skills and                        and internships. Both artisanal skills and                 three months
                                                  learnerships show high levels of employment
    learnerships show high                        and are backed up by tracer studies from the           during the year-end
                                                  Human Science Research Council (HSRC).
  levels of employment and                             The department has just completed a              season. We challenge
   are backed up by tracer                        tracer study for artisans who passed their
                                                  trade test in the 2017/18 financial year,               other retailers to
        studies from the                          where the employment rate stands at 74
                                                                                                           follow the Clicks
        Human Science                             per cent and 3 per cent are self-employed,

       Research Council.
                                                  implying that 77 per cent of these artisans         example of collaborating
                                                  have entered the labour market.
                                                        The Centres of Specialisation (CoS)              with government to
                                                  programme will be prioritised as well at our
system so that we focus on producing skills       public TVET colleges which will train youth in        create opportunities
that are required for our socio-economic          artisan skills. The CoS programme will assist
development.                                      26 TVET college campuses to improve their                    for young
    The new landscape will align with the         capacity to develop successful artisans with
National Skills Development Plan which will       industry partners in 13 priority trades related
                                                                                                            South Africans.
also be implemented in April 2020. Some of        to the strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs).
our Setas have experienced poor governance        The programme is leading the transformation
and management while the majority of              of our TVET college system to making them              There were 171 competitors across 19
Setas steadily continued their vital role in      more relevant and responsive to industry           skill competition areas, including electrical
skills development.                               labour needs, at the same time lifting             installations, graphic design technology, and
    Through the new Seta landscape, we will       their capacity to deliver high-level quality       computer numerical control turning. Twenty-
strengthen oversight of Setas to ensure sound     occupational programmes.                           four winners will represent South Africa at
governance and effective management. Our              The role of SETAs is in linking employers      the World Skills International Competition in
Setas must provide hope to a large majority       to the CoS facilities and ensure that all          Kazan, Russia in August.
of South Africans who are yearning for skills     participating apprentice host employers are
development. Setas will also be directed to       guaranteed discretionary grants.                   Among the winners are the following young
supporting more occupational programmes,                                                             women who will be flying South Africa’s
and to further work closely with TVET and         Notable highlights                                 flag high:
community colleges so that linkages can           One project that I am very proud of is the         ● ● Hairdressing: Nicole Thebus from the
be strengthened across our post-school            TVET-Clicks placement project that was                 College of Cape Town
education and training institutions.              initiated in October 2018. Clicks stores and       ● ● Graphic design: Hannah Selah Smith
                                                  TVET colleges have teamed up to place TVET             from the Durban University of Technology
Career guidance and                               graduates in permanent jobs. The support for       ● ● Restaurant services: Ntsako Shidzinga
career development                                the success of this project from the Clicks            from Ekurhuleni West TVET College
Far too many young people do not receive          management team as well as TVET colleges           ● ● Cooking: Melanie Jean de Lange from
adequate career information to steer them in      has been remarkable. Approximately 400                 Ekurhuleni West TVET College, and
                                                  students have been placed in this first phase.     ● ● Electrical installation: Philile Jessicca
                                                      The graduates are placed on an 18-month            Mngadi from Shukela Training Centre
                                                  internship at Clicks stores working as close           in KwaZulu-Natal.
      The new landscape                           to home as possible. Generally, these interns
       will align with the                        start as cashiers with the goal of becoming        A special acknowledgement to Mngadi as the
                                                  permanent and working their way up to being        only woman who competed in this category
        National Skills                           store managers.                                    in the national leg of the competition
       Development Plan                               We look forward to welcoming our first         and winning gold. We wish the whole
                                                  TVET Clicks store manager. Permanent               group of competitors the best of luck in the
       which will also be                         appointments will be made by Clicks based          global competition.
                                                  on the progress and performance of students
     implemented in April                         during their internship period.                    Conclusion
      2020. Some of our                                The placement target for 2019 is 1 000        Finally, our post-school education and training
                                                  internship placements for 18 months as well        system is developing and maturing. The
    Setas have experienced                        as up to a thousand casual placements for          system involves multiple institutions targeting
     poor governance and                          three months during the year-end season. We        all corners of South African society.
                                                  challenge other retailers to follow the Clicks         Within this vast system, we are sure to
      management while                            example of collaborating with government to        meet some challenges. But we are addressing
                                                  create opportunities for young South Africans.     these speedily and effectively. South Africans
     the majority of Setas                             We are also involved in the Decade of         are hungry for education and training. It is
    steadily continued their                      Artisan, a drive to encourage young people         their right. And the Department of Higher
                                                  to venture into artisanal careers towards          Education and Training is continually
           vital role in                          meeting the NDP target of producing 30 000         striving to deliver high-quality, relevant,
      skills development.                         artisans per annum. The department hosted          cost-effective and impactful education and
                                                  the 3rd World Skills National Competition in       training to all South Africans. Our budget for
                                                  Durban in February.                                2019/20 is aimed towards achieving all this.

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KZN’s first TVET Maritime Academy launched
                                                                   Supplied by the National Skills Fund

O     n 6 August, the Minister of Higher
      Education, Science and Technology Dr
Blade Nzimande, launched the state-of-
the-art Maritime Academy at Umfolozi TVET
College eSikhawini Campus in Richards Bay,
     The launch was held to celebrate the
milestone which took six years from concept
to operationalisation, and finally becoming a
beacon of hope for many who will be trained
in various maritime programmes.
     The college has enrolled its first group of
mini cadets at the academy. The 68 young
people from the uMhlathuze, Eshowe and
Mandeni areas commenced with the workshop
(foundational phase) programme in April
2019 with up to 240 students to be enrolled
in the coming semesters.
     The renovated facility, refurbished classrooms,
learning material and training equipment sourced from
Sweden and Norway, as well as capacity-building
initiatives for the academy, were made possible by
funding support from the National Skills Fund (NSF)     The first intake of mini cadets at Umfolozi TVET College Esikhawini Campus
and Transport Education Training Authority (TETA).
A total of R102 million was approved by the NSF             The Maritime Academy in itself is a significant       time; while enrolled full-time for the Maritime
for the Maritime Academy and Innovation, and an         milestone, not only for Umfolozi TVET College, but        Academy’s foundational programme. She is
additional R23 million from TETA.                       for the post-school education system as a whole.          very thankful for this programme which she
                                                        It is a real demonstration of the government’s            feels will create the possibility for more black
                                                        commitment to producing critical and scarce skills.       people to take part in the maritime industry.
                                                            The Maritime Academy is fully-functional                  “I had been applying for entry into maritime
                                                        with workshops that are designed to prepare the           programmes at different institutions with no
                                                        mini cadets for the stringent entry requirements          luck of being accepted. Lucky enough, I got
                                                        into the cadetship programme of the South                 accepted into this programme,” she says.
                                                        African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).                    She adds that this programme does not
                                                            The college and Maritime Academy project              only make her family proud, but her whole
                                                        team is in advanced stages of SAMSA’s                     community and inspires other women and
                                                        accreditation processes for the 20 short courses,         young girls that they too can take part in the
                                                        14 certificate programmes and 18 diploma                  shipping and maritime industry.
                                                        programmes to be offered at the academy.                      Twenty-eight year-old Phumlani Nxumalo
                                                            Londiwe Mhlongo, 21, from Durban                      from Esikhawini Township in Richards Bay is
                                                        has always wanted to further her career in                a qualified mechanical fitter who was doing
                                                        anything to do with the ocean because “of                 his apprenticeship in mechanical fitting prior
                                                        the opportunity of traveling the world and                to enrolling for the maritime foundation course
                                                        representing the country as a female in this              at Umfolozi TVET College.
Londiwe Mhlongo from Durban is already an               male-dominated industry.”                                     He encourages young people wanting to
inspiration to other women and young girls that they        She is continuing her applied chemistry               pursue opportunities in the maritime field to
too can be part of the shipping and maritime business   degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal part-           take up maths, physical science and technical
                                                                                                                  drawings “because these are fundamental
                                                                                                                  subjects for land-based or maritime engineering.”
                                                                                                                      Nkosiyapha Ishmael Mabuyakhulu, 24,
                                                                                                                  from Jozini is reading for his Master’s in
                                                                                                                  Public Administration at the University of
                                                                                                                  Kwa-Zulu Natal while doing his foundational
                                                                                                                  maritime programme at the academy. He
                                                                                                                  has plans to advance to PHD and infuse his
                                                                                                                  research with the ocean economic system.
                                                                                                                      While the South African International
                                                                                                                  Maritime Institute (SAIMI) has made notable
                                                                                                                  progress in training apprentices in boat
                                                                                                                  building, welding, boilermaking, refrigeration
                                                                                                                  and electrical trades and other learnerships
                                                                                                                  needed by the oceans economy, the fully-
                                                                                                                  fledged Maritime Academy at Umfolozi is a
                                                                                                                  first within TVET colleges in South Africa.
                                                                                                                  This is one model case that shows the
Phumlani Nxumalo from Esikhawini Township in            Nkosiyapha Ishmael Mabuyakhulu will combine               department’s commitment to strengthening
Richards Bay is a qualified mechanical fitter and is    his Master’s in Public Administration and maritime        the offering at TVET colleges especially in
now pursuing his second trade in maritime studies       studies in his future career                              critical and scarce skills areas.

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Broadband connectivity to improve
teaching, learning and management at
TVET colleges nationwide
                                                Supplied by the South African Broadband Educational Networks

A   s part of a renewed commitment to
    producing a skilled and capable workforce
to help forge a national knowledge economy,          The provision of SANReN
                                                                                                               and use of data gleaned from the internet
                                                                                                               constitutes an increasingly important skill in
                                                                                                               the job market. TVET students and apprentices
government is assisting with the provision of      access to TVET colleges and                                 must be able to practise and hone such skills
high-speed, broadband connectivity to all 50                                                                   at a college.
public TVET colleges across the country.            their component campuses                                        TVET lecturers and facilitators should be
    Increased support for TVET colleges                                                                        able to guide TVET students and apprentices
was again prioritised by President Cyril
                                                    seeks to help them manage                                  in the evolution of the post-school sector
Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation               their current capacity                                  in line with the demands of the fourth
Address (SONA) in February 2019. The                                                                           industrial revolution. In this regard, the
recent appointment of a single Minister for          shortfalls more effectively                               SABEN project can produce real benefits.
Higher Education, Science and Technology              by facilitating access to                                This includes easier access to the teaching
has been hailed by analysts as heralding a                                                                     information, research and training resources
more integrated approach to the promotion of       comprehensive information,                                  that can significantly improve the quality
a knowledge economy.                                                                                           of the education received – particularly in
    The project plans to connect TVET
                                                     research and educational                                  a financially constrained environment, such
college campuses to the South African                     resources which                                      as at TVET colleges, where such materials
National Research Network (SANReN). It                                                                         may be at a premium.
is being implemented by the South African               can offer invaluable                                        The improved connectivity offered by
Broadband Educational Networks (SABEN)                  support to students,                                   SABEN can also help TVET administrators to
under the auspices of the Department of                                                                        manage their institutions more effectively. The
Higher Education and Training. The project         lecturers and administrators                                goal is to increase their capacity to administer
is being funded by a grant from the National                                                                   on a day-to-day basis and for the future.
Skills Fund.
                                                           at the colleges.                                    Policymakers have noted that the quality of
    The SANReN is being implemented                                                                            the educational inputs for TVET colleges and
by government to provide high speed                                                                            Seta-supported learning programmes must
connectivity for universities, TVET colleges    Competency Area at the Council for Scientific                  be improved.
and research councils. It is a purpose-         and Industrial Research. Tertiary Education and
built network, entirely separate from the       Research Network of South Africa (TENET) is
commercial internet, providing high speed       a not for profit company established to operate                     The improved connectivity
connectivity to its users designed for the      the network. SABEN, a division of TENET, was                        offered by SABEN can also
needs of the most demanding internet            established to manage the TVET connections
users in the country, scientists, teachers,     to SANReN.                                                          help TVET administrators
academics and researchers. The network               The provision of SANReN access to TVET                        to manage their institutions
is primarily formed to cater for large data     colleges and their component campuses seeks
transfers and collaboration between users       to help them manage their current capacity                         more effectively. The goal is
and the international research, teaching and    shortfalls more effectively by facilitating                        to increase their capacity to
learning community.                             access     to    comprehensive      information,
    The network establishment and maintenance   research and educational resources which                         administer on a day-to-day basis
has been funded by the Department of Science    can offer invaluable support to students,                        and for the future. Policymakers
and Innovation and was built by the SANReN      lecturers and administrators at the colleges.
                                                     This will help furnish students with                         have noted that the quality of
                                                internet access and knowledge resources that                        the educational inputs for
         The project plans                      they need to study and graduate. It will also
                                                provide TVET lecturers and facilitators with                             TVET colleges and
         to connect TVET                        the research and teaching materials that they
                                                                                                                     Seta-supported learning
    college campuses to the                     require to improve their educational offerings.
                                                The connectivity offered by SABEN will also                      programmes must be improved.
           South African                        support college administrators, easing their
                                                access to a full range of programmes and data
        National Research                       that can support them in their management                           In particular, courses need to be better
       Network (SANReN).                        and planning efforts.                                          tailored to student and employer needs.
                                                     To meet the demands for the kind of                       The analysis of big-data sets made through
    It is being implemented                     workforce that is required to forge a knowledge                broadband connectivity can inform this
      by the South African                      economy, it has been recognised that TVET                      process. Enhanced connectivity can also ease
                                                students and apprentices will need to be                       the establishment of better data-management
    Broadband Educational                       equipped to become “self-programmable”.                        systems at TVET colleges, which would enable
                                                This means students and apprentices must                       more effective monitoring of institutional
        Networks (SABEN)                        be capable of combining and recombining                        performance and facilitate its improvement.
     under the auspices of                      available information to produce creative                           As part of the project, SABEN is engaging
                                                solutions to the shifting challenges that they                 directly with each of the 50 public TVET
        the Department of                       will face in their work and social lives.                      colleges regarding the specific connections
         Higher Education                            The deployment of enhanced broadband                      appropriate for each of their component
                                                connectivity through the SABEN project is                      campuses with the aim of ensuring
           and Training.                        crucial to the development of such skills. For                 appropriate connections at all of the 325
                                                example, the rapid, selective assimilation                     component campuses within two years.

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Inaugural heritage career expo

Cathsseta Chief Executive Officer Keitumetse Lebaka and Deputy Minister Manamela with learners at the exhibition stalls

T   he Deputy Minister of Higher Education,
    Science and Technology, Buti Manamela, in
collaboration with the Culture, Arts, Tourism,
                                                          also unlocks opportunities for the future. Our
                                                          TVET colleges, universities, universities of
                                                          technology are open for you to pursue your
                                                                                                                            The expo focused on five
Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and                desired area of specialisation. From visual arts                heritage elements: fashion,
Training Authority (Cathsseta) hosted the                 to food technology to fashion design, we have
inaugural Heritage Career Expo at Constitution            it all. Many TVET colleges are already offering
                                                                                                                             food, song and dance,
Hill in Braamfontein, Gauteng.                            study programmes in the arts, culture, fashion                  visual arts as well as crafts
     Held in April and themed ‘Unlocking                  design and related sectors”.
the Wealth in Our Heritage’, the expo                          “We thought we should encourage young                      and poetry. It also featured
sought to empower emerging artists, chefs,                people to start looking into careers in the heritage
dancers, crafters and poets by creating                   space. Not only young people, but also, we need                  masterclasses in each of
opportunities for skills development and                  to engage parents and encourage them to allow                    the five heritage elements
career awareness among young people within                their children to express and expose their talent
the targeted sectors. It also exposed young               in the heritage space,” he said.                                      led by experts and
people, including TVET college students and                    The expo focused on five heritage
apprentices and high school learners, to the              elements: fashion, food, song and dance,                          seasoned professionals
heritage industry.                                        visual arts as well as crafts and poetry. It also
     Addressing learners at the expo, the                 featured masterclasses in each of the five
                                                                                                                          who informed, guided and
Deputy Minister said: “When we speak about                heritage elements led by experts and seasoned                        inspired attendees.
heritage, we often refer to the past, to history,         professionals who informed, guided and
to the ancient, to the bygone era. But heritage           inspired attendees.
                                                                                                                         The masterclass leaders included world-
                                                                                                                    renowned Ndebele painter Dr Esther Mahlangu
                                                                                                                    in the visual arts category; sculpture, poet and
                                                                                                                    cultural activist Prof Pitika Ntuli; and singer
                                                                                                                    and actress Jessica Mbangeni. Recording artist
                                                                                                                    and actress Maduvha Madima was also present
                                                                                                                    for the song and dance category, chef and
                                                                                                                    author of Through the Eyes of an African Chef
                                                                                                                    Nompumelelo Mqwebu was in the food category
                                                                                                                    and in fashion, M-Net’s Project Runaway South
                                                                                                                    Africa Kentse Masilo was in attendance.
                                                                                                                         Students     and     entrepreneurs      also
                                                                                                                    showcased their talents, products and
                                                                                                                    services through an expansive exhibition. The
                                                                                                                    exhibition was a visible display of careers and
                                                                                                                    enterprises associated with each of the five
                                                                                                                    heritage elements.
                                                                                                                         Nearly 1 600 learners from secondary
                                                                                                                    schools in Gauteng were in attendance.
                                                                                                                    The young people interacted with various
                                                                                                                    professionals representing different disciplines
                                                                                                                    at the expo. The interactions also involved
                                                                                                                    professionals sharing their own experiences
                                                                                                                    in terms of career path choices and subjects
Renowned South African artist from the Ndebele nation Dr Esther Mahlangu addressing learners at the expo            required to study for specific careers.

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