New college on the cards

2019-06-18 06:01
Institution officials listening to questions from the residents. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Institution officials listening to questions from the residents. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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The community of Mitchell’s Plain needs a state-of-the-art campus and it will get it, acting False Bay College principal Karin Hendricks told the community at a meeting held at Strandfontein Community Hall last Wednesday 12 June.

Hendricks informed residents about a R386m construction of a new campus in Mitchell’s Plain. The campus will be built on Spine Road in the next few years.

The meeting was organised and chaired by ward 43 councillor Elton Jansen. He was joined by the three college staffers Charles Goodwin (deputy principal: corporate services), Melanie Vermaak (acting deputy principal in education and training), as well as Christiana Nel (deputy principal-innovation and development) and community organisation leaders. Also present was Igshaan Carstens from Strandbay Business Forum.

Hendricks stressed the importance of degrees but was quick to tell the meeting that did not mean jobs.

She said Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges take students on practicals so that they become “job-ready.” Talking about the pending construction she said it was “long overdue”, but refused to give all the details about the actual building. “We can assure you, the site has been locked and is funded by the national Department of Higher Education and Training. We just need to finalise some processes before the building can start but at this stage, we cannot tell as to when that will be,” explained Hendricks.

She called on parents to encourage their children to finish their studies. She said financial assistance is available to everyone and there is no need for students and parents to panic. “A student who finds himself in a position where they dropped out of school is finding himself in a dangerous position and we do not want that. We have a responsibility as institutions to hold students inside the school until they finish,” she said.

She added when students finish, there is a dedicated office that assists them to search for work. Hendricks said the college will not just be for Mitchell’s Plain but all the neighbouring communities.

Goodwin assured the attendees that they are a national competent institution and they encourage community development.

He added proper procedures will be followed when awarding tenders, but he could not go into detail. Carstens said they welcome and appreciate the meeting. “We hope that local businesses will benefit from the project,” he said. The forum, according to him, represents all the businesses in the Mitchell’s Plain region. Jansen said if there is a need for another meeting about the college it will be set up, but said he will interact with the community about the project.

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