TVET College Times - TVET Colleges: A bedrock of skills development - Volume 40 - West Coast College

 
TVET College Times - TVET Colleges: A bedrock of skills development - Volume 40 - West Coast College
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                         TVET
Volume 40
                         College Times
            March 2015   The Official Quarterly TVET College Newsletter and Journal

                          TVET Colleges:
                          A bedrock of
                          skills development
TVET College Times - TVET Colleges: A bedrock of skills development - Volume 40 - West Coast College
TVET Colleges are a bedrock of                                                            IN THIS ISSUE:
                                            skills development                                                                        Cover Story
                                                                                                                                      TVET Colleges:

                                            W     elcome to the first edition of TVET
                                                  College Times in 2015! TVET
                                            Colleges are rising to the challenge
                                                                                         attention of international investors. We
                                                                                         also celebrate those among us who excel
                                                                                         in their various fields and in doing so
                                                                                                                                      A bedrock of skills development
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                                            of actively playing their role in the        provide inspiration. In Campus Matters
                                            development of artisans. They are            we take a look at internships, review                        From the Ministry
Editorial Team                              offering a wide variety of skills and        Registration 2015, and take some further
                                            competencies      towards       improving    inspiration on artisanship initiatives and   Page 3 - 5
 Editor: Keith Loynes                       employability thereby adding to the          a range of excellent achievements on
 Rotating Assistant Editors:                productive capacity of business and          campuses. For this edition our Policy
                                                                                                                                                     Cutting Edge News
 Ivan Swart and Heinrich Robertson          industry. The evidence for this can be       and Operational Shifts column focuses
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                                            found on almost every page in the many       on specific areas which include inclusive
                                            items which have been submitted by our       education practices, partnerships                         Movers and Shakers
Copyright                                   contributors.                                with universities, entrepreneurship
                                                                                         development, and function shift.             Page 11 - 12
DHET TVET Colleges, Private Bag
                                            In From the Ministry, we take a brief        Finally, in Intellectual Debate we feature
X174, Pretoria 0001, South Africa,
                                            overview of the dramatic R5,9 billion        a case study on knowledge sharing                              Campus Matters
March 2015
                                            investment in the physical expansion         practices amongst lecturers which at
                                            of the TVET sector infrastructure which      the beginning of the Academic Year
                                                                                                                                      Page 13 - 22
TVET Colleges Website                       is underway and the policy context for       might provoke some thought and                   Policy & Operational Shifts
                                            the Decade of the Artisan as outlined        ultimately some action from which we
 www.tvetcolleges.co.za                     by the Deputy Minister in a provincial       may all benefit. Speaking of sharing,        Page 23 - 30
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                                            Achieving an integrated post-school
 as the bona fide contributions of
 correspondents.                            education and training system
Contributors                                I take this opportunity, among others,
                                              to welcome approximately 38 000
                                            employees who will join the Department
                                                                                         quality and increased diversity of
                                                                                         provision. It is a step towards ensuring
                                                                                         a stronger and more co-operative             include improving their management
Ester van der Linde, Sharon                 of Higher Education and Training on          relationship between education and           and governance, developing the quality
Grobbelaar and Deon Halls, Ivan             1 April. These employees form the            training institutions and the workplace      of teaching and learning, increasing their
Swart, Lehlohonolo Mphuthi,                 bedrock of our TVET College – and            and one which is responsive to the           responsiveness to local labour markets,
Thokozani Ndhlovu and Michael               soon to be launched Community                needs of individuals, employers in the       improving student support services and
Radzilani, Monica Tshangana,                College – systems. These two sub-            public and private sectors, as well as       developing their infrastructure. I fully
Wanda Möller, Khaye Nkwanyana,              systems are essential components of          building a developmental state within        expect that 2015 will see the continued
Nadine Moodaely, Heinrich                   the post-school education and training       a vibrant democracy and flourishing          growth       and      quality-improvement
Robertson, Gert Witbooi, Colleen            system which comprises twenty-five           economy. It is indeed the first time in      of our TVET colleges as well the
Brennon, Cheslynn Johnson,                  public universities, fifty TVET Colleges,    the history of this country that we have     establishment of our first community
Jacqueline Layman, Jacqueline               shortly to be established Community          embarked on such a far reaching ideal.       colleges. In addition, emphasis will be
Lenting, Sibusiso Mlangeni, Karin           Colleges, private TVET Colleges and          In 2009, the President established           given to strengthening partnerships
Hendricks, Tina Little, Gerdri              higher education institutions, SETAs, the    two new Departments dealing with             with employers so as to develop
Sarrahwitz, Russell Chisango.               National Skills Fund, regulatory bodies      education and training, namely, the          opportunities       for    work-integrated
                                            such as the South African Qualifications     Department of Basic Education (DBE)          learning, internships and workplace
Contributors send articles to:              Authority and the Quality Councils.          and the Department of Higher and             exposure. The workplace exposure
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Closing date for volume 41:                 a single, co-ordinated post-school           provide them with skills needed for the
Thursday, 30 April 2015                     education and training system which          labour market or for self-employment.        Dr Blade Nzimande, MP
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FROM THE MINISTRY

An estimated R5,9 billion investment in new
TVET infrastructure is underway
The Department of Higher Education and Training is expanding TVET
Colleges as institutions of choice by building more Campuses in SA                       TVET COLLEGE            CAMPUS              LOCAL AND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

                                                                                         LIMPOPO PROVINCE

T  he Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande is leading a
   process of elevating Technical and Vocational, Education and Training (TVET)
Colleges as the institutions of choice in the Post-Schooling Education and Training
                                                                                         Letaba
                                                                                                                 Giyani              Greater Giyani Local/Mopani District

landscape. A number of interventions have been made in the sector including              Waterberg               Thabazimbi          Thabazimbi Local/Waterberg District
stabilising governance and management and forging collaboration with industries
and SETAs. The Minister, through his Department, is building sixteen new TVET            MPUMALANGA PROVINCE
Campuses.
                                                                                         Gert Sibande            Balfour             Dipaleseng Local/Gert Sibande District
The geographical details of the new TVET college campuses are tabulated below:
                                                                                        The current status is that of the sixteen sites, three sites were awarded and handed
                                                                                        over to service providers for construction. These are the Thabazimbi, Bhambanana
 TVET COLLEGE          CAMPUS              LOCAL AND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY              and Nkandla A campuses. Construction work has commenced on the Thabazimbi
                                                                                        and Bhambanana campuses. Construction on the Nkandla A campus will commence
                                                                                        once the technical aspects of the site have been dealt with. The table below provides
 EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE                                                                  the timeframes pertaining to the three sites, including the budget allocated for
                                                                                        construction.
 Eastcape Midlands     Graaff-Reinet       Camdeboo Local/Cacadu District

 Ingwe                 Ngqungqushe         Ngquza Hill Local OR Tambo District                                               ASSUMPTION OF
                                                                                                          TIMELINE FOR                          COMPLETION       BUDGET
                                                                                         SITE                                CONSTRUCTION
                                                                                                          CONSTRUCTION                          DATE             ALLOCATED
                       Sterkspruit         Senqu Local/oe Gqabi District                                                     WORK
 Ikhala
                       Aliwal North        Maletswai Local/Joe Gqabi District            Thabazimbi       11 months          15 Sept 2014       12 Aug 2015      R190 093 606

                                                                                         Bhambanana       12 months          30 Oct 2014        30 Oct 2015      R167 427 900
 KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE
                                                                                         Nkandla A        12 months          19 Nov 2014        19 Nov 2015      R194 019 880
 Esayidi               Umzimkhulu          uMzimkhulu Local/Sisonke District
                                                                                         Total                                                                   R551 541 386
                       Bhambanana
                                           Jozini Local/Mkhanyekude
 Umfolozi                                                                               The remaining thirteen sites were advertised for tender in August 2014. The tender
                       Nkandla A & B       Nkandla Local/Thungulu District              evaluation and adjudication process is underway and contractors will be appointed
                                                                                        once the process is concluded. The construction period for these campuses will
 Umgungundlovu         Greytown            uMvoti Local/uMzinyathi District             be twelve months from the commencement date. “Post school education and
                                                                                        training must be accessible everywhere in our communities especially in our black
 Umgungundlovu         Msinga              Msinga Local/uMzinyathi District             poor rural communities. Our youth should not travel far to the cities to access Post
                                                                                        School education. The building of campuses in our rural communities is part of
 Mthashana             KwaGqikazi          Nongoma Local/Zululand District
                                                                                        the contribution to rural development as the President has located it as one of
 Mthashana             Nongoma             Nongoma Local/Zululand District              government’s priorities. It is part also of the larger infrastructural development
                                                                                        programme that this government is rolling out” said the Minister.
 Mthashana             Vryheid             Abaqulusi Local/Zululand District
                                                                                        Issued by the Ministry

Speech delivered by Deputy Minister Manana on the occasion of the
launch of the Decade of the Artisan in the Free State
Programme Director                            department in 2009 by the President       formal education or training. We believe        Yet we continue to import a lot of skills.
                                              was to focus on Higher Education and      that skilling our labour force will play a      These are amongst the reasons that our

I t is a profound honour for me to
  address this milestone launch of the
Free State leg of the Decade of the
                                              Training as well as to address some
                                              of the challenges relating to skills
                                              shortages and the lack of synergy
                                                                                        role in fighting unemployment directly
                                                                                        by providing skilled people to a skills-
                                                                                        starved economy, but also indirectly
                                                                                                                                        government took an informed decision
                                                                                                                                        to make education, job creation and
                                                                                                                                        decent work its number one priority.
Artisan. The input that I am going to         between the skills we produce at our      by providing a stimulus to economic
make today on this important occasion         post-school institutions and the labour   growth and the development of new               In this regard we would like to highlight
will try to give you a detailed outline       market.                                   and existing industries and economic            the fact that education and training are
of what our Department is currently                                                     sectors.                                        a critical component of achieving growth
implementing as a contribution to skills      Our government has spent billions of                                                      and development of the various priority
development and consequently job              Rands in education, training and skills   We are also aware that this is a ticking        economic sectors. The New Growth
creation.                                     development in its quest to deal with     time-bomb when such a large number              Path clearly outlines this priority and
                                              the over 3 million young people who are   of young and energetic members of our           reflects on the importance of education
The establishment of a dedicated              neither employed nor undergoing any       society are out of school and out of jobs.      and training.

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Our Sector Education and Training            We are working hard to foster alignment      colleges to conduct the following during
Authorities (SETAs) are now in contact       between the SETAs, the public TVET           this month: free assessments, regional
with an overwhelming number of               colleges, the universities of technology,    skills competitions in preparation for
employers in the country. We have            labour and employers. Precisely what         future participation in the international
invested sufficient resources for them       you are doing here today is getting us       World Skills Competitions, conduct
to facilitate partnerships between           closer to our solutions.                     college campus tours for ordinary
training institutions and employers.                                                      young people who are out of school
It is rather concerning that we have         Let me also stress that we are putting       and invite employers to the engineering
about 5 000 University of Technology         systems in place to ensure that the          college campuses for tours and
students and just below 20 000 TVET          output of TVET colleges is not simply        discussions. I also launched the World
college students who cannot complete         for the sake of producing graduates.         Skills Competition South Africa after
their studies and graduate because           Our efforts to progressively influence       having visited the Americas regional
they do not have the workplace learning      the modification of the curriculum is        competition in Brazil in 2012 and
component required to do so. SETAs           in order that there may be a proactive       the world skills global competition
are therefore compelled to expedite          response to the needs of the labour          in Germany in 2013. After lengthy
their efforts to forge these linkages.       market. I am sure that with your help        discussions with the President of
                                                                                                                                         Deputy Minister of Higher Education
                                             in opening up your doors to students         World Skills International Mr Simon
                                                                                                                                         and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana
As part of addressing the above              to do experiential training in your          Bartley, we decided to be part of this
                                                                                                                                         MP getting to grips with artisanship.
challenges, as government, we                companies, we can easily reach our           progressive initiative which seeks to          Deputy Minister Manana is a
signed a Skills Accord together with         targets in the specified time frame,         harness our energies towards the               driving force for the expansion and
labour, business and community               which is 30 000 artisans per annum           promotion of artisanship.                      development of artisanship in South
constituencies at NEDLAC and through         by 2030. In particular I would like to                                                      Africa
this Accord we want to turn every            urge all the employers in this province      South Africa has been a member of
workplace into a training space. Our         to work closely with the TVET Colleges       World Skills International (WSI) since         competition holds huge potential
department has also developed a              to produce artisans. Each employer           1990 but this important national project       to influence the development and
National Skills Development Strategy III     should in fact consider the TVET College     remained in private hands for so long          employability of South African Youth. In
which gives clear direction as to what is    to be its own training centre that is paid   that its impact was never felt by ordinary     addition to this it acts as an effective
expected of the SETAs in the new post        for by the State. Of course you can          South African youth. Founded in 1950,          vehicle to increasing awareness of
school system. In general, its focus is      then help your own training centre with      World Skills is a global organisation that     apprenticeships and artisanal skills,
on strengthening skills development in       contributions of equipment and tools,        promotes vocational, technological and         raising of course the standard of
South Africa.                                as well allowing your qualified staff to     service oriented education and training.       vocational education and training
                                             spend time at the college to interact                                                       and artisanal skills. Subsequent to
I need to indicate that in our country       with young people!                           They promote skilled careers in 72             the launch, the Department: Higher
there is this wrong notion that post                                                      countries and regions, all working             Education and Training set in motion a
school education only means university       We are now in full swing in the Decade       with youth, educators, governments             process to establish and operationalize
education. This is not the case. We are      of the Artisan which I launched in           and industries to help prepare the             a formal governance structure for World
trying very hard to dispel this notion. In   February 2014. The Year of the Artisan       workforce and nurture the talent of our        Skills South Africa.
our quest to promote the TVET college        programme of 2013 was so successful          young people. World Skills brings youth,
sector, we are hoping that young people      that I then decided to extend the            industries, and educators together to          Regional competitions were held
will find them as equally attractive         programme over the next ten years to         give youth the chance to compete,              at TVET Colleges during November
post school options. We see the TVET         continue building on the emphasis.           experience, and learn how to become            2014 and the winners of these
College sector as a viable option for        The revised programme focuses on             the best in their skill of choice. This from   competitions are currently participating
young people because it is our strong        employers opening up workplaces for          the traditional trades to multi-skilled        in the internationally aligned National
belief that the courses offered at our       more artisan learners, particularly          technology careers in the industry and         competition in Cape Town which I
Vocational Education and Training            apprenticeships.                             service sectors supported by partners,         opened last night. Winners will be
campuses are appropriate to build the                                                     industries, governments, volunteers            sponsored and coached to represent
critical skills base that our economy        To achieve such a significant growth not     and education institutions. World Skills       South Africa at the international “skills
needs. This in turn will make them           only needs considerable investment and       is making a direct impact in raising the       Olympics” competition in Brazil in
eligible for employment.                     commitment by all artisan development        level of skills throughout the world.          2015. Again, we call on you to be our
                                             role players with a special focus on                                                        supporters and partners in this great
The skills courses offered by our            workplaces in South Africa, but will also    Membership now spans the Americas,             initiative. We cannot do this alone as
TVET Colleges such as artisanal,             require sustained, committed and high        much of North and South-East Asia,             government and I challenge you as
technicians and other trades are what        profile political leadership. The lack of    and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It         employers to play your part in the skills
our economy needs. However, we are           artisans in our country could have a         is worth noting also that the member           revolution of our country by thinking
not producing enough of them because         devastating impact on our economy            countries of BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-       less about the short-term maximisation
of an unfortunate, ill-informed stigma       because artisans play a crucial role         China-South-Africa), and IBSA (India-          of profits at the long-term cost of
attached to TVET college education.          in the delivery of services, especially      Brazil-South-Africa) are all affiliates of     absorption of our students and young
This plays out within a context of a very    in engineering trades. At present, the       WSI, committed to the common goal of           people who urgently need workplace
serious shortage of mid-level personnel      average age of artisans is 55 years          growth with sustainability.                    exposure.
in the labour market. Expanding this         and this means that within the decade,
component must be a high priority as         artisanship will become a really scarce      WSI provides an excellent networking           Let me conclude by saying that there is
people with these skills are able to fill    skill. If we do not have enough artisans     platform for member agencies or                no doubt that the artisan training space
many of the jobs necessary to expand         to meet the demands of business,             bodies, which have national or regional        has now moved away from a period of
the economy while simultaneously             business will definitely go elsewhere.       responsibility, to promote vocational          great uncertainty to one of certainty
achieving their own sustainable                                                           education and excellence in their              and clarity. This must therefore pave a
livelihoods.                                 Let me mention some of the key               respective countries. Through the              way for the pace of delivery of qualified
                                             milestone       achievements        since    use of cutting edge web and software           artisans into the South African economy
Our government has taken a lead by           embarking on this artisan campaign:          technologies, it is able to provide            to increase.
increasing learnership intakes at all        I launched the annual Open Week for          its members with access to current
levels of government and we expect           TVET Colleges (1st week of August)           developments on skills standards,              I would like to urge you all to play an
that state-owned enterprises and             where colleges are encouraged to open        competition events and specialist              active role in the skills revolution of our
especially you as employers will do          up their doors and invite learners and       discussion forums and it promotes              country and ensure that we turn all
the same. Priority should be given to        schools to come and see what they have       artisanship as a career of choice.             workplaces into training spaces.
TVET students and students from the          to offer. Subsequent to this, we declared    Within the South African context
universities of technology.                  August as the TVET month and directed        participation in the World Skills              Issued by the Ministry

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CUTTING EDGE NEWS

                                              SPECIAL FOCUS - WORLD SKILLS
Talented young South African
artisans eye “Skills World Cup”
in Brazil
Editor’s Note:           About the authors: Ester van der Linde is the National
Co-ordinator for WorldSkills South Africa, Sharon Grobbelaar and Deon
                                                                                            prepare the workforce and talent of
                                                                                            today for the jobs of the future.
                                                                                                                                         status and quality of vocational careers.
                                                                                                                                         There is a big challenge here but it is
                                                                                                                                         one which we will take head-on. This
Halls are, among other positions they hold, members of the WorldSkills South                WSI brings youth, industries, and            inaugural competition is the beginning
Africa National Planning Committee. The next WorldSkiIls International                      educators together to give youth the         of a long road that we will travel to
competition is scheduled to take place in São Paulo, Brazil in August. South                chance to compete, experience, and           getting our youth to choose vocational
Africa regards its participation in this competition as very important and the              learn how to become the best in their        careers. The DHET fully supports and
Patron for WorldSkills South Africa is the Deputy Minister for Higher Education             skill of choice. From the traditional        endorses the value of WSSA as central
and Training, The Honourable Mr Manana MP. See related reports in this edition              trades to multi-skilled technology           to the advancement of the vision of
of TVET College Times.                                                                      careers in the industry and service          implementing an improved post-school
                                                                                            sectors, supported by parents,               education and training system. In
      ESTER VAN DER LINDE,                     Africans and to position the country as      industries, governments, volunteers,         addition to this the competition has the
                                               an internationally competitive player.       and educational institutions, WSI is         potential to influence the development
      SHARON GROBBELAAR
                                               An extensive marketing and publicity         making a direct impact on raising the        and employability of the youth.”
        AND DEON HALLS                         campaign ensured that the event              level of skills throughout the world.
                                               achieved phenomenal attendance by            This global event has become the             Upon congratulating all competitors
C    reative and gifted young South
     African artisan-trainees showcased
their vocational excellence to more
                                               primary school learners, high school
                                               learners, educators, TVET College
                                               students and members of the public.
                                                                                            pinnacle of showcasing excellence
                                                                                            in vocational education and training.
                                                                                                                                         and finalists at the Closing Ceremony
                                                                                                                                         on 31 January, Deputy Minister
                                                                                            Every two years, tens of thousands of        Manana said, “These young ladies and
than 10,000 visitors at the inaugural                                                       skilled young people from around the         gentlemen are a shining example of
WorldSkills South Africa (WSSA)                Seventy six (76) national competitors        world, accompanied by their teachers,        what our skills development system is
National Skills Show that took place at        competed in 19 skills areas, namely:         coaches and mentors, gather in a             able to accomplish. Their success at
the Cape Town International Convention         Mechatronics, Computer Numerically           selected city to compete before the          getting to this level of the competition
Centre (CTICC) from 28 to 31 January.          Controlled (CNC) Turning, IT Software        public in the skills of their various        and at the National Competition puts
                                               Solutions for Business, Auto-body            trades and to test themselves against        the spotlight on the ultimate goal we
This event, the first of its kind in South     Repair, Plumbing and Heating,                demanding international standards. The       can achieve in skills development if
Africa, was organised in partnership           Web Design, Electrical Installations,        young professionals, who are selected        we work together. The partnership
with the Department of Higher                  Plastering and Drywall Systems, Mobile       by their respective countries, may only      between DHET, Colleges, SETAs and
Education & Training (DHET) and                Robotics, Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy,      participate once in the competition and      Employers is critical in ensuring that we
CTEX, a well-known events company.             Automobile Technology, Cooking,              must be between the ages of 18 and           are able to produce individuals of the
The show featured not only the skills          Restaurant Services, Car Painting,           22 years.                                    calibre we experienced here. The Skills
competition, but also a variety of “Try-       Refrigeration and Air-conditioning,                                                       Development revolution needs us all
a-Skill” activities where visitors could       IT Network Systems Administration,           The next WSI Competition is scheduled        too continually work together to realise
try their hand at a selection of the skills    Graphic Design Technology and                to take place in São Paulo, Brazil in        the National Development Plan goal of
on show, a capacity building workshop,         Welding. This competition forms part of      August 2015 and aims to:                     producing 30 000 qualified artisans
and a career exhibition that showcased         WorldSkills International (WSI) initiative   • Promote exchange between young             annually by 2030 which in fact has
different careers and opportunities            which is the largest vocational skills          professionals from various regions of     even been brought forward to 2025.”
available in different sectors of the          competition in the world. Founded in            the world;
economy. Exhibitors included public            1950, WSI is a global organisation that      • Promote the exchange of skills,            “Outcome 5 of the deliverables of
TVET Colleges and universities, private        promotes vocational, technological              experience        and     technological   Government is the development of
training institutions, employers and           and service-oriented education and              innovations;                              “A skilled and capable workforce to
various Sector Education & Training            training. It promotes skilled careers        • Raise the understanding of                 support an inclusive growth path”. The
Authorities (SETAs). The aim of this           in 72 Member countries and regions,             governments,         education     and    DHET is the primary policy department
national skills showcase is to promote         all working with youth, educators,              industry concerning the importance        tasked with ensuring that we produce
artisanship among young South                  governments, and industries to help             of skills training; and                   a skilled and capable workforce. This
                                                                                            • Raise the awareness of youth and           requires the planning, development and
                                                                                               those who influence the youth, to         implementation of interventions that
                                                                                               the opportunities available in a large    will result in the attainment of this goal.
                                                                                               variety of skilled professions.
                                                                                                                                         Our country is currently experiencing
                                                                                            In South Africa the WorldSkills initiative   a shortage of vocationally skilled
                                                                                            is championed by the Department of           individuals. There is however no easy-
                                                                                            Higher Education and Training. Even          fix solution to closing this gap but
                                                                                            though South Africa has participated         plans are already well under way for
                                                                                            in WSI events since 1990, WSSA was           ensuring that long term sustainable
                                                                                            formally established in April 2013 by        measures are put in place to fill in this
                                                                                            the Deputy Minister of Higher Education      gap. This national competition is a
Dr Raymond Patel CEO, WorldSkills South Africa and Mr Mduduzi Manana                        and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana.             critical part of such plans.” The finalists
Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training discuss CNC Turning and                    Deputy Minister Manana noted that            in each skill area were announced at
welding with Bradford van Reizig and Louis Carelse Skills Experts for Computer              “WSSA forms part of the “system” by          the Closing Ceremony on 31 January.
Numerically Controlled Turning                                                              which we can continually improve the         The final winner in each skills area

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List of finalists from whom team SA is to be announced.                                                             Age Groups                                             including a 2019 bid presentation
                                                                                                                                                                           by the WorldSkills Russia President.
 Name                           Skill Area                                 Institution                              12 – 18 Years.......................... 39,62%         The workshop was attended by 250
                                                                                                                    19 – 35 Years.......................... 50,03%         delegates whom included Principals
                                                                           Imperial Technical Training Academy
 Willem Nel                     Automobile Technology
                                                                           (ITTA), Germiston                        36 Years+.................................. 8,64%      of TVET Colleges, Campus Managers,
                                                                           Imperial Technical Training Academy
                                                                                                                                                                           Academic and Programme Managers,
 Jason Dos Santos Mourao        Automobile Technology
                                                                           (ITTA), Germiston                        Geographic Demographics                                SETA Officials, DHET Officials, NGOs
 Thabiso Nicky Mohale           Autobody Repair                            Pretoria Technical College                                                                      involved with skills competitions,
 Bongani Promise Brian Nkosi    Autobody Repair                            Rhodesfield Technical High
                                                                                                                    Cape Town residents................ 88,99%             Industry role-players and international
                                                                                                                    Rest of South Africa.....................4,13%         visitors. Sessions included several
 Courtney Jennifer Kerr         Beauty Therapy                             Beauty Therapy Institute
                                                                                                                    International............................... 1,81%     informative presentations categorised
 Roeléne Groenewald             Beauty Therapy                             ISA Casters Academy                                                                             as follows:
 Michelle Samuels               Beauty Therapy                             Northlink TVET College                   Visitor Details
 Ntebaleng Ramadimetja Seema    Car Painting                               Ekurhuleni West TVET College                                                                    Day 1
 Rabelani Kevin Malema          Car Painting                               South African Airways
                                                                                                                    Primary School Learners............ 1,26%
                                                                                                                    High School Learners................. 36,2%            Session 1 (D1S1) - Artisanal
 Tertius Francois de Villiers   CNC Turning                                Northlink TVET College
                                                                                                                    TVET College Students..............42,14%              Development - Context and Perspective
 Duwayne Davids                 CNC Turning                                Northlink TVET College                   University Students..................... 2,52%         Session 2 (D1S2) - International Trends
 Brandon Klaasen                CNC Turning                                Northlink TVET College                   Educators.................................... 5,1%     with regard to Event Organisation
 Ashleigh Cupido                Cooking                                    College of Cape Town for TVET            Members of the Public............... 9,57%             Session 3 (D1S3) - Observations,
 Tayla Jean Schou               Cooking                                    Fusion Cooking School
                                                                                                                                                                           Lessons Learnt and International
                                                                                                                    Interest in becoming an Artisan/                       Co-operation
 Brett Lodewyk                  Cooking                                    Northlink TVET College
                                                                                                                    Tradesman
 Faghrudeen Samuels             Electrical Installations                   College of Cape Town for TVET                                                                   Day 2
 Wilhelmus Loots                Electrical Installations                   P&T Technology                           Yes.......................................... 33,77%
 Jeandré van der Watt           Electrical Installations                   P&T Technology                           No........................................... 26,45%   Session 1 (D2S1) - Successful
                                                                                                                    Maybe........................................ 32,4%    Implementation of Skills Competition
 Caitlin Michelle Ward          Graphic Design Technology                  Greenside Design Centre
                                                                                                                    NOTE: The remaining percentages                        Session 2 (D2S2) - Views, Experiences
 Megan Shanice Smanjak          Graphic Design Technology                  Greenside Design Centre
                                                                                                                    indicate a non-response in that specific               and Perspectives (Industry and TVET)
 India Choo                     Hairdressing                               DNA Salon Bedford Centre                 survey area                                            Session 3 (D2S3) - Finding the Future
 Mia Crous                      Hairdressing                               Northlink TVET College                                                                          (WSSA Organisational Challenges)
 Megan Valentine                Hairdressing                               Paul James Hairdressing                  WorldSkills capacity building
                                                                                                                                                                           The workshop concluded with a
 Charles Junior Souls           IT Network Systems Administration          Ekurhuleni East TVET College             workshop                                               panel discussion between senior
 Nevinson Moyo                  IT Software Solutions for Business         Ekurhuleni East TVET College
                                                                                                                    The WorldSkills Capacity Building                      representatives of the TVET College
 McGyver Tshepo Chauke          Mechatronics                               BMW                                      Workshop took place at the CTICC on                    Sector, DHET, MerSETA and the
 Werner Hager                   Mechatronics                               BMW                                      29 and 30 January as part of the WSSA                  travelling UK delegation. It was very
 Miyelani Victor Hlaise         Mechatronics                               Tshwane North TVET College               National Skills Show. The workshop                     well received and several persons
                                                                                                                    came about through joint funding from                  commented positively about the
 Tlou Tressure Mokgohloa        Mechatronics                               Tshwane North TVET College
                                                                                                                    “Find a Future” via the Association of                 value and impact of the workshop. A
 Curwin Jenneker                Mechatronics                               VW (SA)
                                                                                                                    Colleges (AoC) (United Kingdom) and                    delegation from WorldSkills Zambia
 Zander Terblanche              Mechatronics                               VW (SA)                                  the College of Cape Town for TVET.                     subsequently approached the WSSA
 Martin van der Walt            Mobile Robotics                            Tshwane University of Technology         Find a Future is the company that runs                 National Planning Committee to
 Mpho Cassandra Mofokeng        Mobile Robotics                            Tshwane University of Technology
                                                                                                                    the WorldSkills UK Skills Show and                     establish relations in an attempt to
                                                                                                                    has been instrumental in imparting                     elicit support for hosting their own
 Rinae Ramasunga                Mobile Robotics                            Tshwane University of Technology
                                                                                                                    tips and ideas to the WSSA organisers.                 inaugural WorldSkills Zambia Skills
 Su-Mari Jansen van Vuuren      Mobile Robotics                            Tshwane University of Technology
                                                                                                                    The travelling delegation consisted of                 Show. Ultimately, it is agreed that
 Skhumbuzo Nkosiyaphanisi       Plastering & Dry Walling                   Saint-Gobain                             ten persons from the AoC (UK), Find                    such a workshop is a vital component
 Muzikayifani Philani Nzama     Plastering & Dry Walling                   Saint-Gobain                             a Future, City and Guilds and three                    of a Skills Show and is in line with
 Ruan Truter                    Plumbing & Heating                         Boland TVET College
                                                                                                                    Further Education Colleges, including                  international best practice. It builds
                                                                                                                    a Gold Medal Winner of WorldSkills                     invaluable capacity and adds to the
 Glendon Garthwaite             Plumbing & Heating                         College of Cape Town for TVET
                                                                                                                    London 2011. One week prior to the                     concept of creating a “legacy” for
 Siyabonga Makhathini           Plumbing & Heating                         Northlink TVET College                   Workshop, Deon Halls (Workshop                         supporting others to join the Skills
 Hancke van Tonder              Refrigeration and Air-conditioning         Highveld Refrigeration Service           Coordinator) travelled to the AoC (UK)                 Competition movement under the
 Marko Combrinck                Refrigeration and Air-conditioning         OTTC                                     Headquarters in London to meet with                    WorldSkills brand.
 Roy Nagel                      Refrigeration and Air-conditioning         Refrigeration-Pros
                                                                                                                    senior managers of the AoC and Find
                                                                                                                    a Future in order to consolidate the                   Both Deputy Minister Manana and Dr
 Christine Runkel               Restaurant Services                        College of Cape Town for TVET
                                                                                                                    relationship and to prepare for the                    Patel CEO, WorldSkills South Africa,
 Asgarrie Abdulla               Restaurant Services                        International Hotel School               workshop.                                              extended their sincere appreciation to
 Micaela Amy Newton             Restaurant Services                        International Hotel School                                                                      all competitors, skills experts, judges,
 Katlego Koketso Mogedi         Web Design                                 Ekurhuleni East TVET College             The main aim of the workshop was                       sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers for
                                                                                                                    to transfer excellence in training and                 their support towards the extraordinary
will be announced at an official event                        finalists. We congratulate each finalist              performance, competition standards                     success of this event. They specifically
scheduled to take place during March.                         and wish them and the experts tasked                  and international best practice from                   commended the Western Cape
These final winners will form part of                         with training them all the very best with             the International WorldSkills arena to                 TVET Colleges for their commitment
Team South Africa to compete in São                           the preparations for Brazil.                          mainstream WorldSkills Competitions                    and involvement in the planning,
Paulo, Brazil during August. Above is                                                                               within Technical Vocational Education                  co-ordination and execution of this
a list of semi-finalists from whom the                        Some interesting statistics on the                    and Training (TVET) across South                       event and invited all TVET Colleges to
finalists are to be announced. We are                         demographics of the visitors who                      Africa. A key focus was on lessons                     join the movement to showcase the
very proud of all our competitors, whom                       attended the event:                                   learnt from the WorldSkills (UK)                       extraordinary artisan skills developed
are all winners having achieved success                                                                             organisation and the outputs of the AoC                through our colleges via the WorldSkills
at regional competition level already.                        Gender                                                WorldSkills Legacy Project in the United               platform. “The dedication and passion
                                                                                                                    Kingdom. Several other local and                       of all involved is testament to the
We are especially proud of the number                         Male.........................................47,31%   international expert views and opinions                growing success for the future of this
of TVET College students amongst the                          Female.....................................51,67%     were presented and discussed,                          event in South Africa,” said Dr Patel.

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College trumps industry participants to enter WorldSkills SA 2015
              IVAN SWART                     students during the WorldSkills SA
                                             National Competition in January. With

N    orthlink TVET College Wingfield
     Campus hosted the Western Cape
regional competition for ‘Computer
                                             our help following this competition,
                                             the students will be able to compete
                                             on the international stage”. Northlink
Numerically Controlled (CNC) Turning’        TVET College was privileged to host the
as part of WorldSkills SA, late last year.   regional competition at the Wingfield
                                             Campus and then in addition, secure
Eighteen participants from both the          the first, second and third spots in the
college sector and industry took part        competition.
in the gruelling three hour competition.
The competitor’s skills were tested          These qualifying students then
with the assistance of a simulation          represented the Western Cape during
programme. Competitors were required         the WorldSkills SA National Competition
to utilise the programme in the              that took place in January 2015 at the
completion of the task that was part of      Cape Town International Convention
the test.                                    Centre. One winner of each skill tested
                                             will then be part of the WorldSkills SA
                                                                                         Leon Beech, Principal and CEO of Northlink TVET College with students Tertius
Louis Carelse, Northlink TVET College        Team that will be representing South
                                                                                         de Villiers (first place) Duwayne Davids (second place) and Brandon Klaasen
CNC Turning Programme Manager                Africa in Brazil during 2015. “The
                                                                                         (third place) in the regional CNC Turning competition held at Northlink TVET
and WorldSkills SA National CNC              really hard part of the competition is      College Wingfield Campus
Turning expert observed at the time,         maintaining mental and psychological
“This simulation and the test will           fitness. Competitors are exposed to a       the competition. With our expert            to prepare them so that they make us
replicate what will be expected of the       lot of pressure and hype surrounding        assistance and training, we will be able    proud,” adds Mr Carelse confidently.

International spotlight on local skills
      SHARON GROBBELAAR                      relationship between the Association of     of Cape Town said, “The College of          to be a 21st Century Artisan.” The
                                             Colleges (UK) and College of Cape Town      Cape Town is honoured and proud to          College Council, management, staff

T   he value and importance of
    relationships between local TVET
colleges and vocational training
                                             during the college’s visit to WorldSkills
                                             Leipzig in 2013. This relationship grew
                                             to see the inauguration of a WorldSkills
                                                                                         have played such an integral role in this
                                                                                         inaugural event. We wish to thank the
                                                                                         DHET and WorldSkills SA for entrusting
                                                                                                                                     and students wish to congratulate the
                                                                                                                                     Skills Show finalists selected from the
                                                                                                                                     College. We wish them all the very best
institutions and related organisations       Legacy project between College of           this extraordinary task to us and for       on their quest to be selected to Team
abroad, was highlighted on a grand           Cape Town and Kendal College (UK) in        recognising the inherent skills and         South Africa. College of Cape Town
scale during the recent inaugural            2014, and ultimately the coordination       expertise in the College as beneficial      students who have been selected as
WorldSkills South Africa National Skills     and presentation a ‘Capacity Building       to achieving their objectives. We also      finalists are Ashleigh Cupido (Cooking),
Show (Skills Show). The show took            Workshop’ with ‘Find a Future’ (UK).        thank our sister TVET colleges in the       Faghrudeen        Samuels      (Electrical
place at the Cape Town International                                                     Western Cape for their support. We          Installations), Glendon Garthwaite
Convention Centre from 28 to 31              More than 250 delegates from TVET           strongly urge all other TVET colleges to    (Plumbing & Heating) and Christine
January.                                     Colleges,     international     colleges,   join forces with WorldSkills South Africa   Runkel (Restaurant Services).
                                             SETAs and representatives from other        for the promotion of vocational training
Following its record of long-standing        WorldSkills member countries, attended      not only in our country, but globally.      Finally we wish all the very best to Team
relationships with role-players in the       this workshop to share best practice in     This event truly showed that our TVET       SA for the competition in Sao Paulo,
WorldSkills arena both locally and           all aspects of skills competitions. Louis   colleges are serious about vocational       Brazil in August. We know that you will
internationally as well as sustained         van Niekerk, Principal and CEO, College     training, and that “it is indeed cool       make South Africa proud!
exposure over many years to
international    skills    competitions,
College of Cape Town was approached
by DHET to assist in the planning,
coordination and execution of the Skills
Show. College staff members were
drafted to serve on the WorldSkills
South Africa (WSSA) National Planning
Committee (NATCOM) to ensure that
the demanding WorldSkills standards
were met, and to set a benchmark
for future events. The valuable skills,
experience and expertise of these
staff members were applied to various
areas of planning and preparation,
to ensure that the objectives of the
event would be met. This included
the areas of logistical planning, health
and safety management; conference            Speakers at the WorldSkills Capacity Building Workshop were in front from left, Tilly Reddy Academic Manager Services,
                                             College of Cape Town, Marguerite Hogg International Projects Manager, AoC UK, Afshan Baksh Head of Higher Education
management; event management;
                                             and International Development, Harrow College UK, Jill Goddard Head of Programmes and Funding, Find a Future UK, Elsie
coordination of all aspects of the
                                             Potgieter Deputy Principal: Innovation and Development, College of Cape Town, Ester van der Linde National Coordinator,
competition; budget management and           WorldSkills SA, Joanne Timms Programme Area Manager for Hair and Beauty, East Kent College UK. In the back row from
the management of marketing and              left are David Smith Director of WorldSkills Engagement AoC UK, Shane Trevitt Project Engineer, NG Bailey (UK) and UK
publicity.                                   Gold Medallist London 2011, Deon Halls Academic Manager, College of Cape Town, Principal Louis van Niekerk, College
                                             of Cape Town, John Mountford International Director, AoC UK, Dr Raymond Patel CEO, merSETA and WorldSkills SA, Bill
The concept of a WorldSkills ‘Capacity       Jones WorldSkills UK Cluster Leader, Michael Osbaldeston Special Advisor Corporate Communications, City & Guilds UK,
Building Workshop’ evolved from the          and Ebrahim Peters Deputy Principal: Academic, College of Cape Town

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The Ministry and Department of Higher
Education and Training tackle Scarce Skills
    LEHLOHONOLO MPHUTHI                       - 3 274. During his address at a recent
                                              media briefing, Minister Dr Blade

T  he Ministry of Higher Education and
   Training is ambitiously embarking
on a nationwide campaign to produce
                                              Nzimande said “The artisan community
                                              can play pivotal role towards the growth
                                              of the country’s economy.” According
more engineers which are deeply               to the news articles on scarce skills
needed by the labour market and the           recently published in the Engineering
country’s economy.                            News, the country has a shortfall of
                                              40 000 qualified artisans against
The National Development Plan (NDP)           the current annual production rate of
has set a target for the government to        13 000 qualified artisans. “The artisan
produce 30 000 artisans per year by           skills shortage is widely regarded as
2030. Artisans are an important element       a key obstacle to economic growth,
in the grand scheme of producing more         job creation and business expansion,”
occupational and mid-level skills that        Engineering News has reported.
underpins the country’s scarce skills.
As a result, more than 18 000 students        The Engineering Council of South Africa
enrolled for critical and scarce skills       says the country is severely under-
studies at Technical and Vocational           engineered. South Africa currently
Education and Training (TVET) colleges        has a total of 15 000 engineers which
around the country in 2014.                   signifies that one engineer services         Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mr Mduduzi Manana
                                              2 666 people. Internationally, the norm      responds to questions from journalists concerning the drive to meet the artisan
They registered for the scarce skills         is that one engineer services 40 people.     target of the National Development Plan
in the reflected enrolment numbers            Deputy Minister Manana is leading the
as follows: Engineering N6 - 13 336,          project “Decade of the Artisans” where       Our colleges are a critically important   skilling the nation for an industrialised
Civil Engineering Level 4 - 1 961 and         he encourages the youth to go into           ‘cooking pot’ for what would be the       economy. This is something to which
Engineering and Related Design Level 4        Artisanship through the TVET Colleges.       realisation of the NDP’s objectives in    the country aspires.

Shoprite launches its first TVET College simulation store
             IVAN SWART                       supermarket with service departments
                                              and stocked with merchandise, in a

A   frica’s largest retailer is tackling
    the skills shortage in South Africa
head-on. Government’s mandate for
                                              learning-friendly environment. It will
                                              provide students with the necessary
                                              exposure and practical experience
the Technical and Vocational Education        in retail operations to complete their
and Training (TVET) sector to increase        vocational retail training.
the number of students by four million
by 2030 requires innovative thinking as       A further benefit for students is that
well as the support of the private sector.    the work-based experience enhances
                                              their employability. The experience
As one of the largest contributors to         student’s gain however is also to the
skills development in South Africa, not       advantage of the whole retail sector
only in terms of money spent, but also        as it broadens the pool of potential
in terms of its dedication to and passion     employees who have an aptitude and
for the development and upliftment of         passion for retail. The simulation
its entire workforce, the Shoprite Group      enterprise is fully sponsored by Shoprite
is equally committed to addressing the        and the Group’s first Public/Private
needs of unemployed young people in           Partnership with a TVET institution.
the country through training.                 The work-based training opportunities
                                              it presents are in support of the TVET       With some of the Shoprite cashiers at the opening of the first Shoprite
Apart from various education and              sector’s plan to offer vocational and        Simulation Store were Shoprite Checkers Marketing Director, Neil Schreuder
training projects, the Shoprite Group         occupational qualifications from NQF         (left), Western Cape MEC for Education, Debbie Schafer (seated) and Northlink
have now created an integrated solution       levels 2 to 4 (matric equivalent) with a     TVET College Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Leon Beech.
for skills development in co-operation        retail specialisation. The retail industry                                  Photograph: Nelis Engelbrecht Photography
with the Northlink TVET College in            anticipates that a retail vocational
the Western Cape, by establishing the         programme will commence in 2016.             considerably higher than the general      employed than those with lower levels
first Shoprite Simulation Store at the                                                     unemployment rate of 25,4%.* The          of education. The Shoprite Group
college’s Parow Campus.                       Initially the Group will focus on the        Shoprite Group focuses strongly on        therefore believes that the education of
                                              establishment of simulation stores           vocational and occupational training to   our youth is of utmost importance for
The college offers vocational and             at Western Cape TVET institutions,           create opportunities for young people     social upliftment, economic growth and
occupational training and the simulation      with the long term vision to roll it out     to obtain a qualification and acquire     the prosperity of future generations.
store will assist with the work-integrated    nationally. According to Statistics South    the necessary skills for employment.
learning component of these curricula         Africa, latest labour force data indicates   The unemployment rate and education       *Statistics South Africa, Quarterly
that have a retail focus or specialisation.   the unemployment rate in the 15 to           are inversely related. People with post   Labour Force Survey; Quarter 3, 2014
The simulation store is a mini Shoprite       24 years age group as 65,4%. This is         school education are more likely to be    Jul-Sep 2014

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

Standerton’s young
dynamic inventor
    THOKOZANI NDHLOVU AND                   explained. The rock is from a mountain
      MICHAEL RADZILANI                     in Hawaii that erupted in 2002 after
                                            an acid rainfall. Thabizolo took the
                                            rocks, crushed them and boiled them

I t is said that dynamite comes in small
  packages. Thabizolo Msimango (21)
is a living testimony to this statement.
                                            with non-purified water. He connected
                                            paper clips, connected alligators to the
                                            paper clips, one positive, one negative,
Thabizolo is a level 3 Marketing student    poured two teaspoons of aloe-sap and         Thabizolo Msimango holds the certificate he received after participating in a
at Gert Sibande TVET College.               poured water.                                Science Competition held late last year

Thabizolo came in at first place against    He discovered that bubbles appeared          fly through air. “I have proven it,’ he      and jumped to the other coil. He then
fifty inventors last December in a          in the paper clips. “Those bubbles           said with confidence.                        connected two alligator clips to the coil
competition held in Stellenbosch for        indicated that a chemical reaction had                                                    that is not connected. He took one LED
his invention of generating electricity     occurred which I converted into an           According to Thabizolo, the principle        light and connected it to the alligator
in moulting rock. He has already            electric currency,” he further explained     of free energy is called “highly coupled     clips, the LED light switched on. “With
created two inventions so far and, he       the process. “I took the two alligator       magnetic resonance”. He started his          the simple trick of physics, power can
is working on another fourteen. He was      clips and connected them to an               experiment with an electric transformer      be transferred wirelessly” he said.
born in 1994 in Standerton and moved        electric motor and the propellers began      which has primary winding and
to Gauteng in 2005. He came back to         spinning.”                                   secondary winding. “For the electric         Thabizolo’s ideas and inventions are
Standerton in 2014 and enrolled for a                                                    current to pass from the primary             unusual and people often look at him
course in Marketing at Gert Sibande         Thabizolo spends most of his time            winding to the secondary winding,            as crazy. “Everyone looks at me and
TVET College.                               thinking about new inventions. His           magnetic fields are produced,” he            sees a marketing student who doesn’t
                                            second invention was proving that free       explains.                                    know anything about science,” he said.
His love for inventing began when he was    energy exists. Nikola Tesla, the inventor                                                 People go to the extent of calling me
introduced to the art of skateboarding.     of AC current electricity, wanted to         Thabizolo constructed a coil with 56         “MAD”. When people say I’m mad, I
“When you skate, you need to                transmit electricity through air, but he     windings connected to an electric            just turn it around and believe that one
understand science,” he said. “I bought     could not. “Scientists of the day said it    circuit, placed the other coil at a          day I will “Make A Difference,’ he said.
a skateboard at an auction in Pretoria      was impossible and called it a fantasy,”     distance of 92mm, he then switched on        Thabizolo is going to be jetting off to
which had the rock mounted at edge of       Thabizolo explains. According to him, it     the electric current and the electricity     Chicago in the USA at the end of May to
the board. I researched about the rock      has been over a century and scientists       flew around the coil. The magnetic           make presentations on his inventions to
and found out that it is from Hawaii,” he   still have not proven that electricity can   fields jumped from the connectors            potential investors.

Success is all about being confident in ‘who you are’
                                                   MONICA TSHANGANA                      George district schools. Currently Ms        Ms Raqa responded, “I could not
                                                                                         Raqa teaches Grade R at Thembalethu          believe it at first. Coming from the small

                                            M     s Phindiwe Raqa scooped the
                                                  Western Cape title of ‘Excellence
                                            in Grade R Teacher’ category in
                                                                                         Primary School in George. Ms Phindiwe
                                                                                         Raqa inherited her passion for teaching
                                                                                         from Judy Caryer and Mary Collette
                                                                                                                                      City of George I was intimidated by
                                                                                                                                      the enormity of what was unfolding in
                                                                                                                                      front of me. Success is all about being
                                            the National Teaching Awards. The            who were the owners of the farm on           confident in ‘who you are’. The work
                                            prestigious event took place late last       which she grew up. Ms Raqa was born          that I do calls for lots of patience and
                                            year in Cape Town.                           in Middleburg is married to Joseph           one has to have a passion for children.”
                                                                                         Mpondo and they have been blessed
                                            The National Teaching Awards (NTA)           with three children of their own.            For her, being recognised by her
                                            nominations are based on merit as                                                         colleagues and the Department of
                                            reflected in curriculum and children’s       Despite the adversities of her physical      Basic Education is mind-blowing, but
                                            performance, inter alia. By going the        condition, having been chronically           the National recognition is beyond her
                                            proverbial ‘extra mile’ and ensuring that    diagnosed with polio, Ms Raqa is             comprehension. Ms Raqa’s hard-work
                                            the content of the Grade R curriculum        following her dreams. In 2010,               and dedication shows how much can be
                                            is diligently taught, she paved her path     she obtained her Early Childhood             achieved against all odds. Ms Raqa will
                                            to excellence and ultimate recognition.      Development (ECD) Diploma from South         be one of the candidates representing
                                            Her long service experience within           Cape TVET College. “Attending classes        the Western Cape on March 7, at a gala
                                            Grade R teaching is one of the key           at George Campus and sometimes               dinner in Johannesburg.
                                            contributors to her achievement.             having to go up the staircases was not
                                                                                         easy, but she did it without complaint       Ms Raqa was interviewed for this article
                                            She has been involved in the teaching        or any sign of weariness. Ms Raqa does       as she was on her way to the airport
                                            and learning profession for most of her      not experience her physical condition as     heading to Cape Town for a preliminary
                                            working life. Having matriculated in         an obstacle to living her dreams, chief of   interview prior to the Awards Ceremony.
Ms Phindiwe Raqa whose                      Ndlovukazi High School in Queenstown,        which is teaching the young ones”, Ms        The interview panel consisted of
achievements attest to her mantra,          Eastern Cape, Ms Raqa has more               Yvonne Botha, Programme Manager for          esteemed, knowledgeable individuals
“Success is all about being confident       recently worked for an NGO tasked            Early Childhood Development reflects.        from various fields in the education
in who you are”                             with improving infrastructure within the     With regard to her Award the ecstatic        sector.

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