Make education fashionable - Nzimande

2011-10-27 19:12

Johannesburg - Black economic empowerment (BEE) regulations that led to "fronting" were not sustainable, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

Only education would address economic inequality, he told a Young Communist League conference on job creation in Midrand.

Nzimande said BEE regulations made it possible for history teachers to obtain engineering contracts which were then subcontracted out.

"This is fronting. It is not fashionable to have people owning mines who do not know how to operate mines."

He said investing in education was the key to addressing economic growth and job creation.

"Let's make education fashionable. It's cool to be educated."

Nzimande said the relationship between colleges and universities was skewed with three university students for each college student.

The ratio should be reversed with three college students for each university student, he said.

"We have a very serious shortage of mid-level personnel and expanding this must be our priority."

Nzimande said it was an anomaly that there was high unemployment while companies were struggling to find qualified people.

Job creation could not be a "populist or short term issue", he said.

"The struggle for jobs is the struggle of all of us.

"It's not a struggle that can be won by millionaires who, for reasons of their own, claim to represent the interests of the poor, and attempt to intimidate the democratic forces in order to exploit the very conditions of the poor to further enslave, and enrich themselves."

  • Levett - 2011-10-27 19:20

    Nzimande for president!

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-27 20:36

      On the matter of education. I think education programmes for youth league members should be put in place. Just imagine how much positive contribution could the youth league make to the development of this country if they were better educated. The Youth league is powerful no doubt, ANC should acknowledge this and develop this bunch.

      Levett - 2011-10-27 20:44

      The ANC or whatever syllabus for school cannot educate the ANCYL and prepare them as productive workers/businessman. Only mentorship under whites will work, but of course that's not going to happen as long as BEE is the obstacle.

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-27 20:53

      Levett...I don't think Youth league members are really interested in working for private organisations. Their main aim is to be politicians and work in the public sector. If they could be taught leadership skills. they wouldn't behave like they are doing now.

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-27 20:58

      Quick question:What's the difference between the ANCYL trekking & marching in and around JHB CBD today and the more than 700 American protesters who demonstrated against corporate greed,global warming and social inequality in New York City,Albuquerque,New Mexico or in Boston and Los Angeles and that got arrested on Brooklyn Bridge for swamping Wall Street & the Manhattan’s Financial District? I guess the answer is this--SOUTH AFRICANS ARE MORE CIVILIZED when protesting compared to Americans.A News24 article said "Scattered groups were marching quietly" whereas the Chicago Sun news articles says "Some protesters were screaming obscenities at police and were taking hats from of the officers...that police were struggling with people who refuse to get up and move" The Daily News said "There was a huge funnel,a bottleneck,and they couldn’t fit.People jumped from the walkway onto the roadway.They thought the roadway was open to them.Several videos taken of the event showed confusing,chaotic scenes". Whatever you think of the ANCYL and the Malema die hard supporters I still have to read one single report about any chaotic scenes,instead we read that the marches were kinda disciplined and mature in its approach.Economic freedom or as in New York "demonstrating against corporate greed and social inequality" are the same grievances the world over but at least South Africans know how to behave. That makes this headline irrellevant:"Fears ahead of Malema marches"-The New Age.

      Levett - 2011-10-27 20:58

      Then they must sit at home and pick their noses for all I care

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-27 21:11

      For all you care Levett...they gonna keep singing their racist songs and threaten the existence of a certain race group, unless ANC does something about their behaviour.

      Levett - 2011-10-27 21:22

      Then it's the ANC's problem not mine

      Godesha - 2011-10-28 07:00

      Give the man a Bells. The first time in a long while that I have heard a bit of common sense coming from a politician's mouth.

  • henri.cloete - 2011-10-27 19:23

    Excellent advice

  • Oneant - 2011-10-27 19:27

    My word. You should stand up and shout that from the rooftops. When will people realize that digging a hole, stacking bricks, or studying "social sciences" is just not a skill in the 21st century. There are plenty of jobs... for doctors, programmers, engineers, etc. etc. And of course its COOL to be educated. Because its COOL to be able to afford a house, a car and a family holiday. Its NOT so cool to have 10 children and feed them all off a bag of meel in a tin hut. Economic Freedom = Education. Pure and simple.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-27 19:53

    FIRST time I have agreed with you Blade - EDUCATION!

  • Ron - 2011-10-27 20:02

    W O W

  • Reshan - 2011-10-27 20:05

    And how about making it free? Replace current BEE with education and training for ALL disadvantaged... Companies like HP have the winning formula...

  • Robs - 2011-10-27 20:22

    I'm starting to like this guy. Now to motivate the teachers to stay at work and teach the children properly. Those children that wasn't forced to take the walk to Pretoria. Funny how one ANC minister says the children must study and the ANCYL president say don't study, take a walk and you'll get everything for free.

  • Francois - 2011-10-27 20:23

    Excellent, I totally agree!!!

  • Makatikamusona - 2011-10-27 20:36

    Firstly Nzimande I think you are a good example of fronting(Cadre deployment), I mean can you justify what qualifies you to administer the Higher education, can you at least find ways to make the higher education at least affordable. Could you please explain how come that a university which is Gov subsidized could still cost over R40k pa

  • Blip - 2011-10-27 21:17

    Fix Walter Sisulu University (Transkei U), Nzimande. Your people broke it. Education is "unfashionable" only because it requires hard work and sacrifice -- something to which "the majority" are allergic.

  • Bonjo - 2011-10-27 22:50

    "Only education would address economic inequality"...tears of joy, music to my ears...eish now that's refreshing.

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