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Joy and Happiness on graduates and their families at Mnambithi TVET College on Academic Ceremony 2018…

Mnambithi TVET College never thought that they may have more than 400 of diplomandii’s, actually it is seven times more than the number of diplomandii’s we used to have in the past years. There is definitely something good that Mnambithi TVET College is doing. Ezakheni Campus Hall was packed to its capacity with diplomandii’s and their family members to witness their children in receiving their Diplomas for the year 2017/2018.

It was a joy to Mnambithi TVET College students and families at Ezakheni Campus Hall where diplomandii’s received their diplomas. Students have waited for so long for their big day to receive their Diplomas. Parents and family members could not help themselves when they saw their children walk on the academic procession and shake hands up on the stage to receive their diplomas. Furthermore, Mnambithi TVET College also awarded top students who received seven distinctions in their academic years.

Mr Z.S. Goqo opened the ceremony with prayer. We were graced by the presence of Pastor I.X. Khanyi from SAPSeZakheni Police Station, Dignitaries from various sister Government Departments and the guest speaker of the day was Professor M.C. Maphalala from University of Zululand (UniZulu) on his speech, and relevant topic for our graduates about the “TVET Sector as A Catalyst for Socio-Economic Development in South Africa.” Prof. Maphalala indicated that, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) are concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work. In many countries, TVET is often considered as the master key to poverty alleviation, social cohesion and economic expansion. TVET colleges must therefore equip young men and women for the job market or self-employment, thereby increasing their self-reliance and self-confidence. This may be seen as a means to promote human resource development and consequently, can be regarded as a panacea to combat the ever-increasing poverty related challenges in South Africa. The TVET sector must therefore develop and deliver programmes, which provide industry relevant workforce, said Prof. Maphalala.

He continued by saying that, we must work towards making TVET colleges institutions of choice, but we cannot do this until we begin to develop more meaningful opportunities for young people, leading to further study and employment opportunities. This suggest that TVET would need to forge partnerships with public and or private employers, to design programmes and curricula responsive to the needs of the economy and eventually deal with the chronic challenges such as chronic unemployment, inequality, as well as poverty. He said, TVET sufferers from the perception that it is inferior to general academic education provided by the universities, thus young people (and the student populace in general) are ashamed of associating with it. It has always been a challenge to change the mind-set of students, parents and career advisors who still hold a strong bias in favour of degrees from traditional universities, and see the TVET programmes as a “second tier” option that is suited for students with lower aspirations or lesser academic abilities. TVET Colleges needs to manage negative perceptions about the value of TVET education serve as one of the major obstacles towards the improvement of the social status of the TVET space. It is true that, Graduates of TVET institutions in Developed Countries earn income better than graduates from universities, the employers therefore queue up to hire these graduates of the TVET programmes. Parents in those countries are fighting to get their children into TVET institutions. We therefore, need to change the perception and embrace TVET colleges as a catalyst for socio-economic development in South Africa. According to Statistics South Africa, the unemployment rate stood at (26,7%) in the first quarter of 2018 for both youths and adults.

However, the unemployment rate among young people aged 15–34 was 38,2%, implying that more than one in every three young people in the labour force did not have a job in the first quarter of 2018. The National Development Plan (NDP), aims to reach an ambitious employment rate of 94% by 2030. If we are to achieve this target, we now have a real opportunity to make a meaningful headway in reducing unemployment through strengthening TVET education, and offering relevant programmes. Young unemployed people without any productive usage of their time are easily entrained into crime and violence. Poverty is therefore, a threat to national stability. The history of South Africa is a well-known tragedy, which despite all efforts still suffers the economy even today. It is a worldwide phenomenon that development of economies, particularly emerging economies, will not succeed without the governments prioritizing the skills development and expanding the pool of artisans. Hence it is important to analyze the state of the technical and vocational education and training system in South Africa today, if it is capable of producing the artisans needed in building an inclusive economy towards transformation; it is also as important to invest holistically in TVET college education. As a country, we have no choice but to embrace TVET as a necessity and precondition for socioeconomic transformation, said Prof. Maphalala.

The Mnambithi TVET College choir rendered very soulful musical items, actually they won Music Festival at Majuba TVET College last year. They took position one in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, they made Mnambithi TVET College proud for their Choral Music talent. Hopefully this year they shall do the same. Students had the opportunity to showcase their talent by rendering entertainment during the function. Indeed it was a memorable day for the parents, college staff and students. We wrapped the function in style by surprising our Top Students/Graduates by issuing two Tables to two Top Students from Future Leaders as well as with the checks ranging from R2 000.00 - R900.00 each depending on number of distinctions obtained. Students were so grateful to receive such checks from our stakeholder ABSA Bank. Thanks a lot to Future Leaders and ABSA Bank for their donation towards encouraging the college students to work hard in order to achieve better marks.

Our College Council Member Mr R.G. Reddy.

Mnambithi TVET College Principal Mr C.J. Ndlela welcoming our guests present and congratulating our 2018 graduates.

Pastor X.I. Khanyi from eZakheni Police Station blessed our Ceremony by his presence. 

Our eloquent guest speaker Prof. M.C. Maphalala from University of Zululand. 

Mr M. Khumalo-Relation Executive from ABSA Bank, Mr S. Mundeta-Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mnambithi TVET College, Top Student and Mr C.J. Ndlela-College Principal giving ABSA Bank check to one of our top student.  

Group photograph of Mnambithi TVET College senior management and College Council members, our dignitaries, our guest speaker as well as our top students for year 2017/2018. 

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