Two FET colleges set for Nkandla

2013-08-11 14:00

Higher education and training prioritises education investment in President Zuma’s hometown.

The Nkandla municipality, in which President Jacob Zuma’s extensive private residence is located, will soon boast two new campuses for further education and training (FET) colleges.

This development, which will cater for 1?500 students, is part of the higher education department’s plan to set up 13 new FET colleges in four provinces within the next year.

Three others are being refurbished.

KwaZulu-Natal is getting six of these new colleges and also houses the three that will be refurbished, the department said in response to an inquiry by City Press’ sister publication, Rapport, about tenders for the construction of the colleges that were advertised last Sunday.

Four of the colleges will be inEastern Cape, two in Limpopo and one in Mpumalanga.

One of the new campuses in the Nkandla municipality is in Nkandla town and the other is in nearby Nkungumathe.

The colleges in KwaZulu-Natal will be at Nkandla, Greytown, Nkungumathe, Bhambanana and Umzimkhulu.

The three being refurbished are Nongoma and KwaGidkasi colleges in the Nongoma area, and Mtashana in Vryheid.

The four new campuses in Eastern Cape will be in Graaff-Reinet, Lusikisiki, Sterkspruit and Aliwal North.

The two in Limpopo will be at Giyani and Thabazimbi, and Balfour will host the Mpumalanga college.

The construction of the nation’s two new universities – University of Mpumalanga in Nelspruit and the Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, Northern Cape – will also be starting later this year.

Speaking at Wits University three weeks ago, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe urged matriculants to give serious consideration to FETs because they offer a more practically oriented training and will give them easy access to a permanent job.

IFP spokesperson on higher education Alfred Mpontshane said he was aware of the developments in the Nkandla municipality and did not find it strange that two colleges were being planned for a single municipality.

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