Nzimande opens Richmond training centre

2015-04-07 15:19
Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

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Durban - Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande braved the rain on Tuesday to open a multi-purpose centre in Hella Hella near Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal.

The R25m centre is to be built on land donated by the Methodist Church and will become a rural campus for the Umgungundlovu FET college.

Speaking at a sod-turning ceremony in Hella Hella, Nzimande said that the construction of the centre would be a tribute.

“This centre will be a solemn tribute to all of those people from Richmond who died while fighting for a democratic and free South Africa,” he said.

Richmond was ravaged by political violence in the lead up to the new dispensation and remains a flashpoint for faction fighting.

“Given the history of this area, this centre will give hope to the youth who hail from here,” Nzimande said.

He added: “What makes us very happy is that this centre forms part of the department’s plans for expansion into the rural and peri-urban areas and it will become a key point in the development of this community.

“It has been our experience in the past that once learners complete their schooling in rural areas they have nowhere to go. This centre will change that and allow the youth of this community to receive training in local industry and invest in their skills.”

Nzimande said that the personal investment in the people of Hella Hella would be returned.

“That training will give the youth a chance for employment or even equipment with the knowledge to start their own businesses. This will in turn allow them to provide for their families and even contribute to the local economy."

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