Deputy Minister Visit Motheo
On 31 August, Deputy Minister Buti Manamela wrapped up TVET Month by visiting Motheo TVET College to monitor and assess safety protocols and COVID-19 compliance in line with phased reopening of Post School Education and Training System under Level 2 Lockdown. This commemorative month was established after the launch of the Decade of the Artisan campaign, which sought to promote artisanship as a career of choice to South Africa’s youth and will run until 2024. This year marks the seventh year since the Department of Higher Education and Training has been hosting TVET Month. Deputy Minister was welcomed by the Regional Manager Ms Helen Ntlatleng, Principal Prof Dipiloane Phutsisi and Council Chairperson Adv Xolile Xuma at Bloemfontein Campus.
Prof Phutsisi took the Deputy Minister through all the safety protocols implemented at all Campuses in line with COVID-19 regulations; as well as interventions to ensure that online learning continued. Addressing College Council, officials, SRC and Unions Deputy Minister said “As we have moved to Level 2 Lockdown, COVID-19 still continues to grow both globally and in South Africa. With opening of our economy and further increased in intake of students to 66% within our campuses, it is expected that there is a huge possibility of another way of further spikes in new infections with more human to human interaction. Hence the realization of further strengthening of our systems, controls, guidelines, vigilance, monitoring and process is a critical part of my discussion with the institutions”.
In his address Higher Health CEO Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia commended the splendid job done by the Council, Principal Prof Phutsisi, and the Management in preparation for the return of students and staff to campuses. We have worked very hard to put systems in place and it is important that we follow them to save lives. He further cautioned the staff to be prepared for the outbreak in the coming weeks. Human behavior will also assist in curbing the spread of the virus.
Through TVET Month campaign, youth development is promoted and prioritized, specifically development of artisanal skills in Electrical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering studies. Deputy Minister concluded his visit by Hillside View Campus, were we offer Engineering related studies.