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MNAMBITHI TVET COLLEGE IS SOUTH AFRICAN BUREAU OF STANDARDS (SABS) ACCREDITED…

Mnambithi College held a family day at Ladysmith Campus Hall where all staff, from all campuses were invited to witness the official hand over of South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification. Amongst the dignitaries Mnambithi TVET College was blessed with the presence of Dr. E.V. Nzama (General Manager KZN TVET Colleges), Mr. Cedric Hlongwa (SABS), Mr. Mark Elliot (Vula Management Systems), Mrs. P.P. Makhanya (College Council Treasurer), Mr. Sbu Ngubane (Estcourt Youth Leader), Mrs. I.D. Singh (College council member) and Ms.. N. Ngwenya (Council member).


From June 2009 to date, Mnambithi College worked very hard on a project to improve their Quality Management System (QMS). Vula Management Systems (consultants) led by Mr. Mark Elliot assisted the college in establish in our own electronic QMS for the college. We believe that, Mnambithi College broke the record for Mark to get the accreditation within six months. Policy processes and procedures, forms, records etc. had to be reviewed and improved, and where none existed, new ones had to be drawn up. This dedicated team of Ms. Thandeka Lembethe (Quality Manager), Ms. Zama Makhaza (SHEQ Officer), managers and college staff, ably supported by the ever task master, Mark Elliot put in hours of hard work to achieve what seemed impossible within a tight time frame. Bearing in mind that these managers and staff had to carry on with their normal everyday duties. Staff had to work late into the night and over weekends. At times staff felt overworked and frustrated. Mark was not happy with the pace of progress. Even the SESD threatened to move the project to another college.

Further, to achieve SABS accreditation, the college had to undertake internal audits followed by external audits. All managers were trained to be internal auditors. The management team did the first internal audit in September 2009. This was followed by the first external audit conducted by SABS in October 2009. The college then needed to close off all findings from these audits before the second stage audit could be undertaken. The second stage internal audit followed by the external audit was completed in November 2009. The College was then recommended for South African Bureau of Standards accreditation.

In March of this year SABS indicated that Mnambithi College had qualified for accreditation for ISO 9001 i.e. for Quality and OHSAS 18001 which is for Health and Safety. The new Quality Management System ensures that all operations within the college are following ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. Currently Mnambithi College is one of three (3) colleges in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal that is SABS accredited. "Mnambithi College is no longer rated as the smallest college in KZN Province, but is now in the middle", said Dr. E.V. Nzama.

Mnambithi College staff is boldly assuring the community that they can send their children to any one of our campuses in order to get a high quality education. Back to news room page »

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