Universities for Mpumalanga, Northern Cape

2012-07-05 22:14

Johannesburg - New universities for Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape will be located in the capitals of the two provinces, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

"The seat and main campus for the university in Mpumalanga will be at the Lowveld Agricultural College... and close to the new provincial parliament," Zuma told a labour department jobs fair in Richards Bay.

"In the Northern Cape, it is our intention to establish the seat and main campus in the inner city of Kimberley, injecting new life and purpose into this historic mining city," he said in a speech prepared for delivery.

These would be the first two new universities to be built since democracy in 1994.

"We are determined that these new universities should take their place among the network of higher education institutions serving and expanding our national needs," Zuma said.

The location of these new universities had caused friction, with residents in Barberton holding protests and demanding the Mpumalanga one be based in their town.

In March, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza announced the new tertiary institution for the province would be built in White River.

Zuma said the new universities would help ease youth unemployment through skills development. "Collectively we must ensure that these institutions become an enduring source of pride, both nationally and provincially.

"They must be able to attract the best academics in South Africa, the continent, and the world. The hallmark of these new universities must be academic excellence underpinned by quality leadership."

Other strategies to absorb the youth into the labour market included improving the overall competitiveness of the economy through boosting small and medium businesses, Zuma said.

The government was also expanding temporary public employment programmes and creating more apprenticeships and learnerships.

"We have committed ourselves to increase the number of learnerships to 20 000 per annum in government to assist the youth to gain on-the-job experience as they fail to obtain jobs in most cases as they are told they have no experience."

About 42% of young people in South Africa under the age of 30 are unemployed, compared with less than 17% of adults over 30, according to a National Treasury paper on youth unemployment.

  • OHHILISA - 2012-07-05 22:29

    what is the point of universities if the basic education cannot take people there prepared?

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-05 23:08

      What is the point of universities with no text books.. Lol - 2012-07-05 23:59

      While they at it they should maybe build two more multi billion rand soccer stadiums that are going to stand empty anyway. You see if the future of their education should be measured to their skills at playing soccer, then we are in for a very dumb future population. Now if they were to build a rugby stadium, oh yeah bby now there is a future. Your brain doesn't have to work very hard to figure out how to dribble a soccer ball, that's why its so popular. But pass, tackle side step and scrum is a whole new set of brain cells required.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-07-06 09:37

      What is the point of universities if people only have to get 30% to pass and cannot even manage that? And those who do pass, cannot spell, or do maths. Rather spend the money jacking up the education levels, so that Matriculants are qualified. Then do something about tertiary studies.

      josta.shivuri - 2012-07-06 11:58

      "These would be the first two new universities to be built since democracy in 1994." How long will it take us to realize that education is the life giving blood of every successful civilization? Another 18 years? Rome, Mido Persia, America, Europe, China, Japan, Singapore, Mauretious are perfect examples.

  • doug.sparks.397 - 2012-07-05 22:36

    You do not need universities for small business development Mr Zuma...You need to encourage guys/girls to develop entropernership skills ...No university dishing out BA's can give this..Common these establishments will not increase jobs...Rather spend energy and time on something which will encourage small business and more jobs which will also reduce crime.

      mxolisi.bhila - 2012-07-05 23:20

      so mpumalanga must not have university,pupils from mpumalanga must always go to other provinces,when they want to further their studies.

  • bernpm - 2012-07-05 23:18

    "About 42% of young people in South Africa under the age of 30 are unemployed, compared with less than 17% of adults over 30, according to a National Treasury paper on youth unemployment" The last you need is a University. North Cape....Kimberly on the Eastern Border...some 300 km from Upington, 700 km from Calvinia, Springbok, Sutherland........The latter three student population will go to Cape town and Stellenbosch as they do already. Where is our Minister of planning again?????

      bennie.warnich - 2012-07-06 08:35

      And Kimberley is under 200km from Bloemfontein, where there's a big, established university. I guess the government have run out of ideas how to siphon money to their fat cats, let's see who (Contractors) benefit from these big capital projects. I believe R6bn has been set aside for this?

  • Heibrin - 2012-07-06 01:07

    The countries education system need technical colleges, not universities. More practical skills, less theoretical, at least with practical skills the students will be able to work for themselves, as opposed to uni degrees which normally requires much more infrastructure and experience.

  • jeanne.stemmet - 2012-07-06 05:58

    What is the point of building "tertiary" institutions who can only hand out useless "qualifications" - maybe the government should rather focus on reviving the quality and standards of the primary and secondary education system in this country before constructing yet another pipe dream for thousands of under-educated matriculants. This is wasteful.

  • - 2012-07-06 08:10

    Before long the standard will be dropped & the degrees will be given for good attendance (30%)

      Jaun - 2012-07-06 08:35

      No it wont because Universities are mostly independent!

  • Zeezoh - 2012-07-06 08:26

    thanks u Mr President,Thanks 4 takin education to all who live in this country, unlyk the bustards who only cared for the minority( who will suffer now cos they didnt use the chance wisely)

  • Gerhardus - 2012-07-06 10:00

    Universities were never established to be there for all, as so universities is not the alpha and omega. Discipline is what the youth need teach them that and that is a great basis of building a bright future. It's always good to go to a universities, but it's better for SA if everyone goes at least first to a decent school.

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-07 13:56

    Go back to the three Rs, then increase the Matric pass rate before trumpeting about attracting the best academics. Universities do not give on-the-job training, Technikons do that.

  • Phathutshedzo Romeo Rakheila - 2013-11-02 15:00

    The University of Mpumalanga is a laughing stock. It'll only accommodate a sum of 140 students in 3 diploma courses (Education, Agric and hospitality). so each course will have +/-46 students! The AmaZulu National Congress (zANC) is just trying get its way up the polls by deceiving the people of Mpumalanga. The people should never agree to such!

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