Coega, NMMU integrate to further skills development

2015-09-30 06:00

THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to ensure integration of their activities aimed at furthering skills development and research, and to adopt a co-ordinated and co-operative approach between the responsibilities of NMMU and CDC.

In pursuit of this co-operative approach, NMMU would provide specific services related to development, training, research, testing, advisory and consultancy.

NMMU has undertaken to assist the CDC to develop and implement strategy and development programmes that will improve skills and competencies within the specific sectors involved in the development of the Coega IDZ, in the context of the national skills development strategy.

In 2005, both institutions realized the importance of adopting a coordinated and co-operative approach to various activities including but not limited to skills development and research, instead of an ad-hoc, non-formalized, and uncoordinated approach that was taking place. Subsequently, an MOU between CDC and NMMU was concluded in 2006.

As a number of years have passed since the signing, both institutions expressed the need to revisit, update and formally sign an updated MOU, which was concluded on Monday, (21 September 2015).

NMMU Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Leitch said the MOU was a commitment of the university to pursue projects in various sectors which may also be of benefit to the CDC which include oil and gas exploration, marine and maritime, nuclear, energy including renewable energy, and innovation.

In addition, the NMMU is working towards the establishment of a maritime and marine faculty and a medical school and to ensure the business school is working with business to address economic and leadership challenges facing the province.

Professor Leitch re-iterated the university’s commitment to working very close with the CDC through a very high profile Dean of Faculties as part of the Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC).

CDC Chief Executive Mninawe “Pepi” Silinga said the organization was proud to be associated with NMMU. “The university would assist the CDC, amongst others, to keep up with new areas of knowledge and turn them into innovation including but not limited to business and systems analysis, so we are pleased to cementing this relationship,” Silinga said.

Among the personal growth and development opportunities offered by the CDC to both staff and interns are the University of Cape Town’s part-time Business Analysis and Systems Analysis (BASA) diploma, and Prince 2 Project Management training.

Training is also offered in communications, and more than 30 interns were trained in business etiquette in the past financial year. A further 10 interns have been identified to enrol with the Thabo Mbeki Leadership Institute (TMALI). This is the evidence to show CDC’s commitment to work with various institutions such as NMMU to train staff and work on various projects, jointly.

In addition, earlier this month CDC acting-Investor Services Manager Thembinkosi Maduna, along with two NMMU lecturers, Nadine Oosthuizen and Dr Janine Krüger, won an award for Best Paper at the 27th South African Institute of Management Scientists (SAIMS) conference.

The paper - Investigating investment promotion strategies at the Coega Development Corporation - was chosen from 142 academic papers from 23 local and international universities

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