MDUDUZI MANANA, deputy minister of Higher Education and Training, said Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges remained fundamental in reaching South Africa’s target to produce 30 000 artisans by 2030. Manana addressed 1 200 learners who attend schools in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday (27/07). Manana said artisans were critical to advancing on the economic development agenda, adding that the demand for skilled artisans was huge. “Out of the 100 careers in high demand released in 2014 by the minister, 47 careers are artisan related,” said Manana. “Thus, TVET colleges and employers become central in the development of artisans. “There can be no artisan without full participation of the employers.”He said South Africa had reached a stage where it could no longer afford to import thousands of skilled employers while South Africa’s youth were unemployed and there were opportunities available. “We have a huge challenge of unemployable youth, due to a lack of relevant skills. “This is the time for young people to turn things around by making the right choices that will advance their families, communities and the country at large,” said Manana.