Satellite campus for TVET college

2016-04-20 06:00
OPENING the doors of the Motheo TVET College’s satellite campus in Zastron are Adv. Xolile Xuma (left), council chairperson, and Thabiso Tsiu, contractor.  Photo: Supplied

OPENING the doors of the Motheo TVET College’s satellite campus in Zastron are Adv. Xolile Xuma (left), council chairperson, and Thabiso Tsiu, contractor. Photo: Supplied

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THE Motheo Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College has opened a satellite campus in Zastron in the Xhariep District, bringing about a new dawn in this Free State region.

The Zastron campus will ensure that many students in the district have access to higher education to help them fulfil their dreams.

This satellite Campus was officially handed over to the college’s council and executive management on Friday (16/04).

Guests included Adv. Xolile Xuma (college council chairperson) and Dipiloane Phutsitsi (college principal).

Students were also present to rejoice on this new dawn.

The Zastron Campus used to operate from a copy shop in the municipality building for many years.

The fully-fledged satellite campus now makes it possible for many students, who could otherwise not financially afford to study.

The college wants more young people in the Xhariep District to have improved access to education with the bigger satellite campus.

Two offices had been used as a lecture hall for 160 students, as well as an office for the lecturers. There were also no ablution facilities and students and staff had to ask to use the facilities of neighbouring offices.

The Xhariep District was the only district in the province without a college of its own. This prompted the college council and executive management to buy and renovate a building in the centre of the farming town.

With the total intake of the college expanding from about 27 000 to 31 000, the Zastron Campus will help young people in the district who relied on the Mangaung-based college.

The certification rate of the Zastron campus is 68% Z above the college’s target of 60%.

The college offers Business Management, Human Resources, Management Assistance and Marketing Management programmes.

Next year, the college will also introduce Educare and Agriculture learnerships.

“It is important that we introduce Agriculture, because this is a farming area,” said Xuma.

“We also want to supply the Mohokare Local Municipality with the skills that it needs to improve service delivery.”

Xuma thanked Phutsitsi for making the satellite campus a reality.

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