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            March 2020   The Official Quarterly TVET College Newsletter and Journal

TVET Colleges:
Key to the development of
the South African economy
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TVET College Times - TVET Colleges: Key to the development of the South African economy - DHET
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FROM THE MINISTER

                                                          TVET colleges key to the
                                                          development of the
                                                          South African economy
                                                          colleges affordable while substantially increasing    • Promoting compliance with processes and
                                                          the funding for poor and working-class students.        timelines set by the Department of Public
                                                              We believe that as Government we have               Service and Administration and in accordance
                                                          some work to do so that not only do our students        with Public Service Regulations; and
                                                          register smoothly, but also that they’re able to      • Raising ethics and integrity awareness in
                                                          be supported meaningfully to be able to be              the Department.
                                                          successful in their academic studies.
                                                              Indeed we have made significant progress          Through the Student Housing Infrastructure
                                                          and we continue to make progress, in expanding        Programme, we are currently developing large
                                                          access to higher education for the financially        projects comprising 7 273 new beds at a
Minister of Higher Education, Science                     vulnerable through NSFAS. This system, for all        number of universities and we have six housing
and Technology Dr Blade Nzimande, MP                      its challenges, will be spending R35 billion in       projects the pipeline where feasibility studies will
                                                          2020, supporting over 700 000 students in both        be undertaken in 2020.We have also agreed

A    s we begin the new academic year, I on behalf
     of Government and the Department of Higher
Education and Training (DHET) extend a warm
                                                          universities and TVET colleges.
                                                              Government’s policy supports working class
                                                          and poor students whose combined family income
                                                                                                                with all our institutions to provide accredited
                                                                                                                accommodation to ensure that they are suitable
                                                                                                                for student accommodation.
welcome to all returning and new students, staff          is not more than R350 000 per annum. Students             During this year I will be appointing a
and all role-players in this very key sector of South     with disabilities qualify for NSFAS if they come      Ministerial Task Team on infrastructure to
African society, TVET colleges.                           from families earning up to R600 000 per annum,       among other things assist me in developing a
    I have always emphasised the special importance       to make support more accessible for them.             comprehensive student accommodation strategy
of TVET colleges in the development of the South              I have asked the National Research                and closely supervise the infrastructure projects
African economy. This as statistics on the country’s      Foundation to come up with a funding strategy for     in the whole of the PSET sector.
demand for adequately trained personnel in industry       post graduates that considers NSFAS graduates             I must indicate that following engagements
will attest. So it is with a very grateful heart that I   who immediately proceed to post graduate study.       with universities, we have agreed that university
welcome everyone back to what should be another           However, funding of post graduate studies is          students who are only able to access single-use
exciting and productive year in our colleges.             based purely on the availability of funds. I will     accommodation that is not formally accredited, will
    The year 2020 marks the first academic year           continue to seek more funding for post graduate       be able to access support for this accommodation,
of the decade, and in the previous decade we have         studies for the good of our system and economy.       subject to the provision of a lease agreement,
indeed laid a solid foundation, through a number              For all qualifying contact university students,   and subject to the verification processes at
of significant achievements and advances, for a           NSFAS pays for tuition fees, accommodation,           institutions. As we move forward we will extend
thriving and responsive post-school education             food allowance, learning materials allowance          this arrangement to TVET colleges.
and training system.                                      and an amount for personal care for 10 of the             We have also made strides by commencing
    At the beginning of the 2020 academic                 12 months of the calendar year. For TVET college      with the building of nine new TVET colleges
year, I initiated and held briefing sessions with         students, about 95 per cent receive free tuition      campus sites scheduled for completion in
a variety of stakeholders to ensure a seamless            with different types of allowances, where required    2020. They are Sterkspruit, Aliwal North,
start to the year. These briefings included student       and feasible, for travel and accommodation.           Graaff Reinet, Ngungqushe, Umzimkhulu,
representative councils (SRCs) led by the South               All NSFAS qualifying students do not have to      Greytown, Msinga, Nongoma and Kwagqikazi.
African Union of Students, political parties,             pay any upfront registration fees and, if they have   Construction will commence with a new
trade unions, representatives of university vice-         debt, they do not have to pay upfront but only to     campus site for Mitchells Plain in 2020.
chancellors, TVET college principals, the South           sign acknowledgment of debt.                          Contracts have been awarded for a further four
African Local Government Association, faith-                  Due to the inadequacy of the systems to           new campus sites soon. They are in Balfour,
based organisations, and traditional leaders.             manage NSFAS in TVET colleges, we have allowed        Giyani, Nkandla B and Vryheid.
    I am grateful for the support and cooperation         walk-ins. In addition, NSFAS has employed                 I am concerned about campus safety and
that I received from these stakeholders. Out of           dedicated capacity to assist TVET colleges.           particularly what seems to be increased incidents
these briefings and subsequent engagements                    Owing to our commitment to fight fraud            of gender-based violence. I once more wish to
we produced a framework for institutions to               and corruption, we unravelled total irregular         express our condolences to all the families that
handle the registration process and start of the          expenditure in the NSFAS system totalling             have lost student relatives in both our universities
academic year relatively successfully, hence most         R4.3 billion. This is part of our commitment to       and colleges.
of our universities and colleges have started the         eliminate fraud and other forms of corruption             We have now finalised the Policy Framework
academic year smoothly.                                   in the system and to deal with culprits. This is      on Gender-Based Violence for the post-school
    With that said, I have to mention that we in          part of my determination to fight corruption          sector, and will shortly be tabling it before Cabinet
Government and the DHET, are at this particular           and maladministration, whether in NSFAS,              for approval. This policy will guide the whole
moment, very cognisant of the challenges that the         universities, colleges or SETAs.                      sector in its management of and response to
higher education sector experienced at the beginning                                                            gender-based violence.
of the year amid all the preparations. We note that       I recently also hosted the Ethics                         All these interventions demonstrate that
there were a few student protests in the TVET college     and Integrity campaign for all                        Government is indeed committed and regards
sector with reasons varying from college to college.      DHET employees aimed at:                              education as an apex priority. As Government we
    To reiterate an important point, Government           • Creating a corruption-free environment in           cannot over emphasise the role of TVET education.
remains committed to finding the resources to               the Department;                                         I take this opportunity once again to urge
support the children of all poor, working-class           • Promoting integrity and professional                all TVET stakeholders to spread the word about
and middleclass families in their quest to better           conduct in the Department;                          the value of the sector. TVET training is the way
their lives and those of their loved one through          • Minimising unethical and unprofessional             forward for future growth and economic and
skills acquisition. A lot of work has been done by          conduct by employees and stakeholders of            personal prosperity for all in South Africa. I wish
the DHET and other stakeholders to keep fees at             the Department;                                     you a successful academic year.

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FROM THE MINISTRY

Minister’s Statement on the PSET state
of readiness for the 2020 academic year
Extracts of the statement by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande, on 23 January 2020

E   xtracts of the statement by the Minister of Higher
    Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade
Nzimande, on 23 January 2020
                                                              University of Mpumalanga and the Sefako
                                                              Makgatho Health and Sciences University,
                                                              the first new institutions in post-apartheid
                                                                                                               We have made strides by commencing the
                                                                                                               building of nine new TVET college campus
                                                                                                               sites scheduled for completion in 2020.
     The Department of Higher Education and                   South Africa;                                    They include Sterkspruit, Aliwal North,
Training was established in 2009, with its primary        •   We have developed the vision and policy          Graaff Reneit, Ngungqushe, Umzimkhulu,
goal to provide post-school education and training            of the PSET system, as contained in the          Greytown, Msinga, Nongoma and Kwagqikazi.
opportunities to all South Africans, whether they             White Paper approved by Cabinet in 2013;         Construction will commence with a new
attended school or not, and whether they have             •   We have strengthened and incorporated            campus site for Mitchells Plain in 2020.
passed or not, to acquire further education and skills.       the TVET colleges into the PSET system,              Contracts will be awarded for a further four
     In this task, we are guided by our White Paper           including migrating their staff as permanent     new campus sites in 2019/20. The sites include
for Post-School Education and Training (PSET),                employees of our department; and                 Balfour, Giyani, Nkandla B and Vryheid.
which was adopted by Cabinet in 2013, and by              •   We have approved massive infrastructure              While there have been many positive
the National Development Plan.                                developments across the system of                achievements, we are determined to work
     The 2020 academic year is underway, with                 approximately R30 billion for universities       harder to address challenges in the post-
universities and TVET colleges beginning to                   since 2007, and more recently since              school system in order to meet our policy goals
register students, and with academic programmes               2018, with the introduction of an                of addressing social justice in and through
commencing in some institutions.                              earmarked grant of R2.384 billion, with          education; building a single, coordinated,
     We are hopeful that the start of the 2020                an additional revenue of about R2.5              and     articulated    post-school    education
academic year will be smooth, and we urge all                 billion from the National Skills Fund to         and training system; expanding access,
involved to work together with government and                 the total value of R4.884 billion.               improving quality and increasing diversity of
our department so that we address whatever                                                                     provision; improving the relationship between
challenges that are there.                                We have improved access, participation and           education and the workplace; and building a
     A successful academic year will require all          throughput rates, with university enrolments         responsive system.
of our energies, working together as institutions,        rising to over one million students; significantly       Among other achievements, we pride
Government, the National Student Financial Aid            improved funding available for students from poor    ourselves on is the fact that in 2018 we
Scheme, and student representatives to resolve            and working-class backgrounds. We reduced            undertook a due diligence exercise to
any challenges that may arise.                            the dropout and improved throughput in the           quantify the historic debt of NSFAS qualifying
     To this end and to ensure positive engagements       university system.                                   senior students registered in the 2018/2019
at this time, I have been holding briefings and           • We have developed the TVET college                 academic year.
listening to concerns and suggestions with various             Turnaround Strategy, including a significant        Through this exercise, all returning NSFAS
role players and stakeholders in the sector since              increase in enrolments in the TVET Colleges     qualifying students with university debt
21 January 2020, focusing on our preparations for              to approximately 720 000 enrolments.            were allowed to register provided that they
the new academic year.                                    • We are rolling out the new DHET                    signed an Acknowledgement of Debt form.
     Our briefings have included Student                       bursary scheme for students from poor           This exercise was meant to effectively ensure
Representative Council’s (SRCs) and student                    and working-class backgrounds from              that students with NSFAS historic debt will
organisations, political formations, political parties,        the 2018 academic year, at our public           be able to graduate debt free, subject to
trade unions, representatives of university vice-              universities and TVET Colleges. I will          available funds.
chancellors and TVET college principals, SALGA,                provide further detail on this.                     We have also worked with the university
faith-based organisations, and traditional leaders.       • On 12 April 2019, we published a                   sector to keep fees at affordable levels, while
     I am grateful for the support and cooperation             draft policy on the new National Norms          substantially increasing the funding for poor
that I received from many stakeholders which led               and Standards for funding Community             and working-class students.
to fruitful engagements.                                       Education and Training (CET) Colleges,              We are also working with the university
     In my earlier statement on 16 January                     so we can strengthen the role of colleges       sector to develop a fee regulatory policy
2020, I focused on the opportunities available                 in the provision of skills, education and       framework that will ensure the affordability of
at our public institutions in the post-school                  training for out of school youth and adults.    tuition fees, while ensuring the sustainability
sector, particularly opportunities for the 2019           • In the year 2020, we will be implementing          of our universities.
matriculants. In this statement, I would like to               a new SETA landscape to further respond             For 2020, the sector wide agreement has
address our state of readiness of some of the                  to the skill demands of our economy. We         been on an inflation-linked university tuition
matters that relate to our system readiness for                will ensure that we strengthen, realign and     fee for 2020 of 5.4% on tuition fees and 7.4%
the 2020 academic year, against the backdrop                   repurpose SETAs so that they respond to         on accommodation fees. This is in line with
of both the successes of the system, and the                   the skills needs of our economy.                the agreement of the previous year.
challenges that confront us.                              • A draft Central Application Service Bill,              In 2017 and 2018 we also provided
                                                               2019 for the PSET system was approved           support to poor and missing middle students
Indeed a lot has been achieved                                 for public comment by Cabinet.                  through the fee adjustment or “gap” grant
since the establishment of our                            • We have committed ourselves to train               for students in the family income category of
department in 2009.                                            780 youth in artisan skills through             up to R600 000.
The year 2020 marks the first academic year                    the Centres of Specialisation (CoS)                 In 2019 this funding was transferred into
of the decade, and in the previous decade we                   programme. These centres will further           the block grant of universities, to allow for
have laid a solid foundation, through a number                 assist 26 TVET College campuses to              students who had benefited from the gap grant
of significant achievements and advances in                    improve their capacity to develop artisans      to continue to be supported until graduation.
post-school education and training, including                  with industry partners in 13 priority               I have received requests from a number of
the following:                                                 trades comprising skill sets in bricklaying,    young people to reopen the NSFAS applications
• We have established three new                                electrician, millwright, boilermaker and        to allow them to access institutions of higher
     universities: Sol Plaatjie University, the                automotive mechanics, among others.             education and training.

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I wish to indicate that the NSFAS process      on the forensic investigations underway at          materials and support for living expenses for
is not closed to those students who will be        the entity, which will result in holding            eligible students.
accepted at universities and colleges who          accountable those who are responsible for               In 2019, over three hundred and
might not have applied for NSFAS assistance.       fraud at the entity.                                seventy-five thousand (375 000) students
As soon as universities and colleges bring             I would also, however, like to link this        in universities benefited from the scheme,
these to our attention, these students will        to a broader point about corruption and             of whom approximately two hundred and
benefit from NSFAS if they qualify. There is       maladministration within our post-school            seventeen (217 000) were students benefiting
already a process in place to manage this          education and training system. As you know,         from the new fully subsidised funding.
between institutions and NSFAS to ensure           NSFAS is currently under administration,                Government has rightly prioritised the
that late applicants that have been accepted       which includes two of our public universities,      funding needs of the poorest students in the
for registered places can access funding if        the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and         system, and has scaled up support to provide
they qualify.                                      the University of Fort Hare. We also have the       improved financial aid for all students from
    There have been significant improvements       Central Johannesburg TVET College (CJC)             families earning up to R350 000 per annum.
in operations at NSFAS since the appointment       under administration.                                   We are aware that there are many students
of the Administrator and improved working              As funding from government has increased        who fall outside this category and struggle
relationships between NSFAS and institutions,      to universities and colleges, we have               to afford higher education and, during this
which has resulted in a relatively successful      also substantially increased infrastructure         year, will be working with the sector and
registration period in 2019.                       projects across the system, but, we have seen       other partners on identifying more universal
    It is our firm believe that through improved   worrying acts to “capture” institutions by          solutions to problems of student financing and
information       management       systems   and   external groups, sometimes in cahoots with          student debt.
augmented management structure, NSFAS              internal forces.                                        As government we remain committed to
will be able to deliver effectively in the 2020        Many of these acts are driven by personal       developing a student funding eco-system,
academic year.                                     financial interests which stands in opposition      which would include funding for the poor,
    I also want to emphasise the point I made      to our focus of providing high quality education    but also address a more sustainable scheme
during the press briefing I held on 16 January     and training and building excellent institutions    for missing middle students (incorporating
2020, that in 2020, we have arranged               for the good of our country. I want to make it      initiatives     already     underway,      funding
through NSFAS to pay the registration or           clear here today that we will not stand back        from private sector and non-profit funders,
first fee instalment for all NSFAS qualifying      and allow our institutions to be captured by        funding from other government departments),
students as an upfront payment to universities     narrow selfish interests.                           and addressing the critical issue of post-
and TVET colleges in January.                          We are committed to ensuring that our           graduate funding.
    Therefore, NSFAS qualifying students           institutions are well governed and effectively          We therefore will maintain our focus on
will not pay any registration or upfront fees      administered in the best interests of South         ensuring the effectiveness of the DHET bursary
in 2020. However, all other students are           Africa and our citizens. I will do everything       scheme, including our focus on improving
expected to pay their upfront/registration fees.   in my power to ensure that we put a stop to         operations at NSFAS.
    All institutions have been requested to        corruption and maladministration in all our             The      Guidelines     provides     for    the
register returning NSFAS qualifying students       entities and institutions.                          implementation parameters for the 2020
who meet the academic requirements but who                                                             DHET bursary scheme, and sets out the
still owe institutions fees in 2020.               Student Funding Policy                              high-level policy applicable to the scheme,
    NSFAS qualifying students will be              I have approved the Guidelines for the DHET         including the roles and responsibilities of
requested to sign an acknowledgement of debt       bursary scheme for university students in           students, universities and NSFAS.
form, similar to what was implemented in the       2020. The release of the Guidelines followed            The following information is provided in
2018 and 2019 academic years, to enable            extensive analysis of the 2019 bursary              respect of the subsidized allowances for contact
them to register.                                  provision and engagement with universities          university students qualifying for the DHET
    All universities have also been requested      and student leaders.                                bursary scheme in 2020, that is, students
to continue to implement processes to enable           The Guidelines considers principles             who meet the financial eligibility criteria and
academically successful students who have          of fairness and rationality as well as the          are registered for approved qualifications in
outstanding student debt to continue with their    affordability of the bursary provision in line      contact institutions:
studies in 2020, wherever possible.                with the allocation from national government.       • All students receive support for the full
                                                       Considerations are also made to ensure               actual tuition fee subject to the agreed
Fight against corruption in the                    that the policy decisions in the Guidelines              sector increases for 2019, paid to the
PSET System                                        are implementable, as bursary administration             relevant university;
Despite the advances outlined above, one           is a joint responsibility between the National      • All students receive a learning
of the most serious challenges we face is          Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and                 materials allowance, paid on an
corruption in the PSET system. Not only do         public universities and TVET colleges.                   annual basis. For 2020, the allowance
we sometimes just deal with corruption but             DHET is responsible for policy determination,        will be R5 200 per student.
also against a fight back strategy by those who    NSFAS for assessing financial eligibility and            This amount is paid in cash to students
have or may be found with their fingers on         ensuring that students receive funding and               to allow for student choice in
the tills.                                         managing effective data exchange, and                    determining their needs;
    In 2016, after continuous allegations,         universities and colleges for many aspects of the   • Students in university owned and
I launched an investigation into allegations of    administration and monitoring of student funding.        managed catering residences receive
corruption in NSFAS.                                   In 2020, government is providing R34.5               support for the full residence cost
• Five internal forensic investigations being      billion to NSFAS to support students from poor           including catering (this amount is paid
     launched, of which 2 are completed;           and working-class backgrounds in their studies           directly to the institution), as well as the
• Four criminal cases opened and currently         at public TVET colleges and universities.                incidental allowance;
     being investigated by SAPS; and                   Funding to students through NSFAS has           • In 2020 the incidental allowance will be
• A further 510 instances of alleged fraud         increased from R5.9 billion in 2014/15 to                R290 per month for the ten months of
     have been handed over to Commercial           the current levels of R34.5 billion. This is a           the academic year. For other students, the
     Crimes Unit.                                  massive commitment from the South African                incidental allowance is incorporated into
                                                   government to support students to access and             the living allowance;
Due to our commitment to fight fraud and           succeed in higher education and training.           • Students in university owned and
corruption, we unravelled total irregular              The year 2020 will be the third year of              managed self-catering residences receive
expenditure in the system which amounted to        implementation of the fully-subsidised funding           support for the full residence cost (paid
R4.3 billion.                                      for students, which is being phased in over              directly to the institution) and receive the
   I want to acknowledge the public interest       a five-year period. More and more students               living allowance, which is R1500 per
in the turnaround of the National Student          are benefiting from the increased funding                month for the ten months of the
Financial Aid Scheme, and the recent focus         subsidy, which covers tuition, learning                  academic year;

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•   Students living in accredited off-              TVET student funding                               days upon receiving complete and valid
    campus accommodation, that is, the              Since 2018 TVET students with a joint family       new applications.
    accommodation that has been formally            income of R350 000 are also financially                Despite the achievement of the relative
    accredited by the institution, receive the      eligible for bursary funding. 95% of poor          stability within NSFAS, pressing challenges
    cost of accommodation plus the living           and disadvantaged students who register            remain. The administrative capacity of TVET
    allowance. It is assumed that transport is      at TVET colleges are found to be eligible for      colleges, coupled with the neglect of this sector
    included in the cost of accommodation,          NSFAS funding.                                     within NSFAS, compelled the introduction of a
    as is the practice in most institutions. A          All qualifying students will receive two       cellphone activated NSFAS Wallet.
    lease agreement is a necessary pre-             types of allowances to help them succeed in            Initially this measure was aimed at only 6
    condition for receiving this funding;           their studies, namely, accommodation and           colleges but quickly ballooned to 26 colleges,
•   Students living in non-accredited               personal care, or travel and personal care.        significantly increasing costs to NSFAS.
    accommodation, which could include a                Students who stay in college accommodation     Sufficient progress had been achieved to
    family home, the home of a relative or          receive thirty-three thousand (R33 000) per        move the entire TVET student allowances, to
    any other form of accommodation that            annum, whilst those in private accommodation       direct payments into bank accounts by the
    is not formally accredited, receive the         are funded in three categories, urban twenty       commencement of the 2020 academic year.
    living allowance (R1500) and a transport        five thousand two hundred (R25 200); peri-             This funding has been ring-fenced, and is
    allowance (R750 per month in 2020).             urban eighteen thousand nine hundred (R18          over and above the funding for the planned
    These students can make their own               900) and rural fifteen thousand seven hundred      enrolments into the various programmes.
    decisions about how to best utilise             and fifty (R15 750).                                   Furthermore, colleges will claim the 20%
    the allowances.                                     Travel allowances are provided at seven        tuition fees and allowances from NSFAS for
                                                    thousand three hundred and fifty (R7 350) per      these students.
Distance university students qualify for tuition    annum and the personal care allowance two
fees and the learning materials allowance           thousand nine hundred (R2 900) per annum.          National research foundation
only. However, distance students studying               It is very important that TVET students        (NRF) postgraduate funding
an equivalent full-time course load of a            using private accommodation ensure that,           The National Research Foundation (NRF)
contact student also qualify for the incidental     before they sign contractual agreements with       is currently in the process of screening the
allowance. This requires a student to be            landlords, they satisfy themselves with the        honours applications. Funding outcomes will
registered for a minimum of ten courses in          quality of the physical accommodation as well      be available by 31 January 2020.
one academic year.                                  as any services that they will be paying for.         From the eligible Masters degrees
    For those students still subject to the             It must be noted that despite the difficult    applications submitted by the institutions,
funding cap, this will be R93 400 in 2020.          fiscal situation, and the many social demands      31% were approved by the NRF for funding in
Government is aware that there are some             requiring support, government has been able        the 2020 academic year with 32% approved
students at some institutions for whom this         to maintain the levels of support to students      for the Doctoral degrees. The balances in
amount is inadequate to cover their costs           originally committed for 2018 onwards.             these percentages could not be funded due to
and that some students will continue to incur           I think you will agree with me that the        budget constraints.
debt until they complete their studies. I have      subsidized funding being provided through
discussed above how we are addressing this          the DHET bursary scheme is generous. I             Campus safety and
debt, subject to the availability of funds.         urge students to make the best possible use        gender based violenc E
    Universities should continue to engage          of the support being provided to focus on          Our institutions are a place of teaching and
with private accommodation providers to             their studies, and to access all other forms of    learning and should be safe and comfortable
ensure that accommodation targeted at               academic and other support available at our        places for all students and staff.
students is affordable and not offered at           public institutions.                                   In dealing with the spate of violent attacks
inflated rates. This intervention is important          To those who are fortunate enough to           on students on and off our campuses, we are
because currently, NSFAS only supports              access universities and TVET colleges, we          currently finalizing the Policy Framework on
students at a cost no higher than the rate          want you to succeed and graduate and               Gender-Based Violence for the post-school
of the equivalent university owned/managed          committed to making sure that this funding is      sector. This policy will guide the whole sector
accommodation. This is an issue that requires       able to assist you to do this.                     in its management of and response to gender-
ongoing engagement between universities and             Students on the new bursary scheme             based violence.
the Department and private providers.               are required to sign agreements with NSFAS             I held a meeting with the leadership of
    It will be necessary in 2020 to establish       which also signal their commitment to and          Universities South Africa (USAf) on 13th
a forum where private accommodation                 understanding of the requirements of the scheme.   September 2019, at which we agreed that
provision, norms and standards, costs,                  They receive a maximum of the minimum          USAf would work with the Department to
university accreditation processes, and the         qualification time plus one year of funding on     develop a joint plan of action towards a plan to
link with NSFAS funding, can be discussed           the fully-subsidised scheme.                       address campus security, including preventing
and debated. This may have to be supported                                                             acts of violence, and gender-based violence in
by further research and engagement.                 TVET NSFAS applications                            particular, on university campuses.
    I    must     indicate     that,    following   application                                            We agreed that this would include a
engagements with universities, we have              In relation to the TVET sector, a total of 90      process to gather information on the status
agreed that university students who are only        157 online applications were received by           of safety and security plans and strategies
able to access single-use accommodation             NSFAS from TVET college students as at 15          on campuses across the country, to identify
that is not formally accredited, will be            December 2019.                                     urgent matters at individual institutions.
able to access support for this accommodation,          For the remainder, the 2020 walk-in                This will include looking at infrastructure
subject to the provision of a lease agreement,      application process commenced on 9 January         requirements for better security on campuses
and subject to the verification processes           2020 and will close on 31 January. The aim         that could be funded through the Department’s
at institutions.                                    is to minimise and finally eliminate walk-ins      infrastructure and efficiency fund.
    In this regard we are seeking to protect        over the next three years.                             I must, however, emphasise that
students from exploitation, prevent fraud,              In addressing the capacity constraints         infrastructure alone will not solve our
and ensure that funding is directed to              to capture bursary applications in colleges,       problems. The problems of violence are
support the appropriate costs and quality of        NSFAS has contracted the services of               much deeper and require all members of the
accommodation as far as possible.                   Metrofile. In this arrangement Metrofile           university and TVET community, students,
    Amongst the consultations, I will be            will capture the forms completed by students       staff,    management,       and     surrounding
prioritising in the coming weeks, will be           and verified by the college, and will be forward   communities and businesses to work together.
meeting with major private providers of             to NSFAS.                                              USAf also met with the Minister of
student accommodation to discuss these and              Based on this new process for capturing        Police in October 2019 to further find ways
other related matters on quality and safety of      student application forms NSFAS will               to respond to safety and security issues on
such accommodation.                                 provide a funding decision within 10 working       our institutions.

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TVET College Times - TVET Colleges: Key to the development of the South African economy - DHET
TVET College Times - TVET Colleges: Key to the development of the South African economy - DHET
TVET College Times - TVET Colleges: Key to the development of the South African economy - DHET
CUTTING EDGE NEWS
Collaboration to promote skills development
                                                                        TUMELO MOROBE

                                                                                    embedded in a real-life work environment. It relies on close cooperation
                                                                                    between employers and labour unions.
                                                                                         “The German government and German industry in South Africa is
                                                                                    committed to strengthen the current system of Vocational Education and
                                                                                    Training and to improve skills development of South Africa’s youth, e.g.
                                                                                    through its Centres of Specialisation,” Minister Nzimande added.
                                                                                         The Minister said that the German support would address the three areas
                                                                                    of collaboration identified as Governance and Policy formulation, Private
                                                                                    Sector engagement and Implementation of reformed Technical Vocational
                                                                                    Education and Skills development.
                                                                                         In South Africa the involvement of the private sector in skills development
Minister Blade Nzimande signing a MoU with the German Advisor for African Affairs   is critical, as the private sector is the biggest source of employment and
                                                                                    an enabler of funding for training in South Africa through taxes and other

T   he Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade
    Nzimande, and the German Advisor for African Affairs signed a joint
initiative on the promotion of skills development, on the occasion of German
                                                                                    financial schemes.
                                                                                         “In this area, support will be sought to enhance the involvement of the
                                                                                    private sector in decision making towards the development of skills as well
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to South Africa on 6 February 2020.                as developing mechanisms to promote effective and systematic stakeholder
     Minister Nzimande said that this partnership seeks to help South Africa        dialogue. The German businesses to this end can provide platforms to share
build a modern, high quality and agile skills development system that is            their experiences in creating partnerships that improves the development of
aligned with the needs of the 21st century.                                         skills,” highlighted the Minister.
     “This includes the development of occupational profiles, training                   To achieve the National Development Plan targets, collaboration and
standards, teaching materials and opportunities for in-company training as          support will be pursued in the following areas that have been identified as
well as improved training for teaching personnel,” said Minister Nzimande.          posing challenges within the TVET system:
     Minister Nzimande further said this is a central goal for the private          • Meaningful partnerships between private enterprises and TVET Colleges;
sector to become more committed and involved with the introduction of               • Alignment of TVET curricula with skills development/industry needs; and
modular practical training in line with a dual training approach. “Combining        • TVET Lecturer capacity to facilitate teaching and learning effectively.
theoretical and practical education will allow businesses to better reap the
benefits of improved vocational training,” the Minister said.                       Germany and South Africa through their respective ministries will identify the
     Germany’s dual vocational education and training system is highly              support packages for the implementation during the forthcoming high level
recognised worldwide due to its combination of theory and training                  consultations scheduled for March 2020.

Major skills boost for TVET colleges
         SUPPLIED BY DHET LECTURE DEVELOPMENT UNIT                                  into work life. Vocational education and training in Germany is a common
                                                                                    pathway to gaining skills and embarking on a journey to successful careers.

T   he Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in
    partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted a situation analysis on teaching and
                                                                                          In addition Germany’s standing as a country with one of the most
                                                                                    productive workforces in the world is strongly aided by its vocational
                                                                                    education and training systems, which supplies Germany’s companies with
learning in the TVET sector. It was discovered that there’s a need for              well trained employees.
lecturer capacitation and management development to ensure improved                       To ensure the success of this programme ETDP SETA has set aside R5 million
teaching and learning.                                                              to train 60 course participants. The fund will cover tuition, accommodation,
     Through engagements between the DHET, GIZ, University of Pretoria.             study materials as well as travelling. The programme commenced with 30
Technical University of Munich and ETDP SETA it was decided that, the               participants and the next group of participants will be admitted in January 2021.
University of Pretoria considers adapting its already-approved post graduate              On 1 February 2020, the 30 course participants (TVET principals,
diploma in Technical, Vocational Education and Training (PGDip in TVET) to          Heads of Departments, campus managers and other members of TVET
focus on educational leadership within the TVET sector.                             management) travelled from all over the country for the PGDip in TVET
     The PGDip in TVET was considered and is internationally                        orientation day held at the University of Pretoria’s Groenkloof campus.
benchmarked to support leaders in the TVET sector. Emphasis was                     Information about the components of the programme and the different
placed on the development of strategic leadership skills while advancing            modules were shared in order for the course participants to prepare for the
professional competencies during the management of Key Performance                  first contact session held at the end of February 2020.
Areas, which include human resources, finances and infrastructure,                        Tanya Smit, a lecturer at the University of Pretoria, said “the vision
curriculum and learning together with quality assurance and innovation.             of this programme is to challenge, support and be relevant to the TVET
     The fixed curriculum programme is innovative, forward-looking and              college context, in order to view the professional development of its leaders
specific to the Technical Vocational Education and Teaching context,                holistically for course participants to have the ability to be agents of change”.
consisting of eight modules, including a year module. An inquiry-based
educational approach is used.
     The course is a one year diploma, organised into the following three
components: contact sessions, online hybrid learning and a study visit
to Munich, Germany, where the course participants will network with
the TUM School of Education and selected industries to explore the Dual
Vocational Education and Training system.
     These three components are integrated by means of a three-
pillar mentoring approach which incorporates individual professional
mentoring, peer-group mentoring in communities of practice and Key
Performance Area specialist mentoring.
     Germany’s dual training system combines practical training at the              The course participants, lecturers and course developers at the PGDip in TVET programme
workplace with theoretical classroom instruction to help trainees transition        orientation day held on 1 February 2020 at the University of Pretoria, Groenkloof campus

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College honoured at
the annual Tygerberg
Heritage Festival
                      SANDRA RAUBENHEIMER

N    orthlink TVET College’s Parow Campus recently scooped two awards
     at the 7th annual Tygerberg Heritage Festival. The event aims to
recognise, celebrate and honour local businesses, organisations,
institutions and citizens who contribute positively to the Tygerberg area.
     The college was nominated for Best Tertiary Institution 2019 for
its academic accolade as the best performing college in the National
Certificate Vocational programme.
     Other nominees in the category included the University of the
Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Northlink was announced the winner because of the 93.3% pass rate
achieved by Parow Campus in the November 2018 examinations.
     The college also scooped the special award, the Innovation
Award, which recognises outstanding innovation in product or service
development which achieves a positive impact in the community,
contributing to the betterment of society. This award recognised                Best Tertiary Institution 2019 Certificate received by Northlink
the college’s sterling efforts to customise a “one of a kind race car”.         TVET College’s Parow Campus

College unveils new corporate identity
                                                                   MXOLISI MBATHA

G    ert Sibande TVET College recently unveiled its new college logo at
     the central office in Standerton, Mpumalanga. College management
and the council decided on a new logo to convey to prospective students
and stakeholders that the college is professional, trustworthy and offers
quality programmes.
    Staff members gathered at the entrance of the college’s offices
singing and ululating as they eagerly awaited the college council’s
unveiling of the logo.
    The moment of truth then arrived as Acting Principal Portia Mange
welcomed everyone. She thanked the special committee that was
tasked with coming up with the new logo and applauded them for their
good work.
    College Council Chairperson Bongane Mwale introduced the college
council to staff members and members of the media before unveiling
the new college logo. “History is being made today at the college. We           Amratal Beeka (Council Member), Bongani Mwale (College Council Chairperson),
thank all those who came before us for the excellent work they have             Portia Mange (Acting Principal) and Maphefo Anno-Frempong (Council Member)
done for the college over the years. Today marks a new chapter for the          unveiling the new logo
college and we believe it is the chapter that will take the college to new
heights,” he said.
    Mwale went on to say that Gert Sibande TVET college, as the only
college in the country that is named after a struggle hero, has the
responsibility to live up to that name. “The college’s name must be
pronounced in full,” Mwale concluded.                                                                                       Gert Sibande TVET College’s old logo

College introduces new programmes
                                                                   LAME MORUBANE

M     otheo TVET College aims to be an
      entity responsible for initiating and
implementing economic development projects
                                                    qualification mix to respond to the National
                                                    Development Plan, Free State Growth and
                                                    Development Strategy, while also responding to
                                                                                                             programmes are National Certificate N1 – N3
                                                                                                             Aircraft Mechanics Course, National Certificate
                                                                                                             N4 – N6 Farming Management, National
in the Free State. The college aims to address      the objectives of Operation Phakisa. It is a results-    Certificate NCV L2 – L4 Primary Agriculture
the skills shortage in line with the Minister of    driven job creation approach, involving setting          and Maritime Studies related programmes.
Higher Education, Science and Technology’s          clear plans, targets and the ongoing monitoring of           The college has also introduced online
call to expand training programmes.                 progress and making these results public.                registration where all prospective students
     These national imperatives were crucial to         The college has therefore introduced four            can apply by visiting
the college’s decision to change its programme      new exciting programmes in 2020. The new                 https://motheo.coltech.co.za.

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MOVERS AND SHAKERS

College recognised at the Vision 2030 Awards
                                                                           DEON HALLS

T   he College of Cape Town was recognised as a finalist at
    the annual Vision 2030 Awards Ceremony held on 20
November 2019 at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.
                                                               Executive, who also received a Lifetime Achievement
                                                               Award in recognition of his contribution to the country.
                                                                   The Vison 2030 Awards encourages the realisation of
The awards are aimed at honouring the achievements             the NDP through national collaboration and recognises key
of organisations, enterprises and individuals that actively    figures who actively expand progress and make headway
demonstrate alignment to Government’s Nine-Point Plan to       in achieving the NDP. With contributors from every sector,
boost economic growth and achieve the milestones of the        the nation’s premiere platform for addressing the NDP
National Development Plan (NDP).                               saw the private and public sectors, as well as civil society
    Based on its submission, the college was shortlisted       organisations join hands in building a national community
as one of 11 finalists for the Vision 2030 Awards in the       working to drive economic acceleration and transformation.
Education and Skills Development category. The judging             Leading by example, the winners, showcased through
criteria included:                                             their awards, inspire their peers and all stakeholders
• What the organisation was doing to promote the               nationwide to pledge commitment to the NDP – not just
    vision of the NDP;                                         in words but also in action that moves the nation forward.
• Effective implementation of the organisation’s                   Seven years ago, South Africa adopted the NDP
    policies, procedures and strategies regarding this         to systemically tackle poverty, unemployment and
    Award and how they were developed; and                     inequality. This year was the 3rd iteration of the
• A demonstration of relevant achievements, such as            awards by Topco Media and the event afforded                      Vision 2030 certificate awarded to the
    awards and accolades, received over the last three to      participants an opportunity to reflect on what we                 College of Cape Town
    five years supported by documentary evidence and           have achieved against the Medium Term Strategic
    external survey analysis.                                  Framework, and the Government programmes which
                                                               have been implemented since 2012. The categories
Other finalists in this category included Deloitte             that were recognised were:
Consulting, Choprop, Edit Microsystems, Kagiso
Shanduka Foundation, Maluti TVET College,                      •   Infrastructure Development Award
Masithuthuke Holdings, Naidu Consulting, and                   •   Healthcare Award
The Davinci Institute for Technology Management,               •   Education and Skills Development Award
University of Western Cape and Vaal University                 •   Enterprise and Supplier Development Award
of Technology.                                                 •   SMME Award
    The winner of the category was Deloitte Consulting,        •   State-owned Enterprise Award
however, the achievement places College of Cape                •   Science & Technology Award
Town at the forefront of national development and              •   Energy Award.
reinforces the importance of private and public sector
support for and commitment to the NDP.                         “The College of Cape Town is proud of its achievement
    Present at the event were TV presenter and radio           and commits to the planned stable development of
host Leanne Manas, Colin Coleman the CEO of                    the country and to improve people’s quality of life,”             Achmat Gafieldien and Deon Halls
Goldman Sachs, and Jabu Mabuza, Eskom’s former                 said Achmat Gafieldien, senior manager at College                 College of Cape Town Senior Managers
Interim Executive Chairman and Acting Group Chief              of Cape Town.                                                     at the Vision 2030 Awards ceremony

College produces best national performers
                                                                       MATSATSI KGAMEDI

W     aterberg TVET College student Nthabiseng
      Setsiba and lecturer Malisi Mashishi were
recently awarded the best performing student and
the most inspirational lecturer respectively at the
South African Chefs Association (SACA) graduation
ceremony recently held at Regina Mundi Catholic
Church in Soweto.
    Nthabiseng began her journey at the College
in 2016, when she enrolled for a SACA National
Youth Training Programme: Diploma in Food
Preparation and Cooking at the College’s Hotel
school. She completed her Level 1 and 2 in food
preparation and went on to specialise in Pastry
in her Level 3. She graduated in 2019 as the
best student in her field with both theory and
practicals at the College.
    Nthabiseng said that she fell in love with pastry   College Principal Selaelo Lekoloane, Malisi Mashishi, Nthabiseng Setsiba and Deputy Principal Academic
making despite its difficulty and intends to open her   Khomotso Dipela
own bakery someday to showcase her skills.
    Malisi Mashishi’s award came after she                   Selaelo Lekoloane, Waterberg TVET College              us to continue working together and live by the
achieved a 100% pass rate with her students for         Principal, said “it is a clear demonstration of the level   college’s motto together ensuring success. It’s in
the SACA Pastry Diploma.                                of commitment by students and lecturers, reminding          working together that we can achieve more.”

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APPLY NOW and stand a chance to represent the South African
   team that will be participating at the WorldSkills International
             Competition in Shanghai, China in 2021.

Aircraft Maintenance                     Autobody Repair                Automobile Technology
Beauty Therapy                           Bricklaying                    Car Painting
Carpentry                                CNC Turning                    Composite Technology
Cooking                                  Cyber Security                 Electrical Installations
Graphic Design                           Hairdressing                   Health And Social Care
Heavy Vehicle Maintenance                IT Software for Business       IT Network System Administration
Internet of Things                       Industrial Robotics            Industrial Mechanic Millwright
Mechanical Engineering CAD               Mechatronics                   Mobile Robotics
Patisserie and Confectionary             Plumbing and Heating           Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Restaurant Services                      Reverse Engineering            UAV Operations (Drone)
Water Technology                         Welding

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