The donation of automotive mechanical engineering components to the Motheo Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College is envisaged to go a long way equipping students on the automotive programme. These components come with the courtesy of former Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Mduduzi Manana. The donation was made through his foundation, the Mduduzi Manana Foundation (MMF). Manana personally presented these components on Thursday (10/10) at a function at the institution’s automotive workshop at the Hillside View campus in Bloemfontein. They will be used in the automotive workshop for students to advance their mechanical engineering practical studies.The components, which include engines, gearboxes, cylinders heads and starters, are meant to better equip students with technical skills and provide them much-needed experiential learning. Prof. Dipiloane Phutsisi, Motheo College principal, said mechanical engineering remained one of the 34 critical skills needed in South Africa.“A major challenge for TVET colleges is funding. This support is needed and will benefit students in the long run,” said Phutsisi.The donation was done under the MMF’s Adopt-A-College Programme, with the main aim of addressing the shortage in the technical skills trade in South Africa. Manana said the programme existed to support government efforts to increase the number of artisans in the country. “We believe vocational education and training is the backbone of an economy,” said Manana.Phenyo Morake, a mechanical engineering student, said the donation created a great opportunity for students, encouraging fellow students to seize the opportunity and work hard to realise their goals, acquire skills and get their qualifications.Collin McCrae, Hillside View campus manager, said skills development was necessary to address South Africa’s huge demand for qualified and capable artisans.