Ekurhuleni West TVET College Inaugurates New Buildings At Its Boksburg
13 March 2019
On the 13th of March 2019, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and
Training, Honourable Buti Manamela, officially inaugurated Ekurhuleni West TVET
College (EWC) – Boksburg Campus' newly built Hall, Staff Room and Media Centre.
Hon. Manamela was joined by the Gauteng and Free State Acting Regional
Manager, Ms Hellen Ntlatleng, the Chairperson of College Council, Dr Mpho
Mohlala, as well as other dignitaries from different sectors.
The event kicked off with the hoisting of flags in front of the staff room
and then proceeded inside the marquee for inaugural formalities before a tour of
the new buildings got underway.
In her welcoming address, Ms Ntombizodwa Dangazele – Acting Principal
confidently said that the good results that are attained by the students are
occasioned by the beautiful college infrastructure that supports teaching and
Representing the Higher Education and Training Department, Ms Hellen
Ntlatleng, Gauteng and Free State Acting Regional Manager said, "The college
chose programmes that are responsive to the development of scarce skills through
training of artisans."
Addressing the audience, Honourable Manamela indicated that the Higher
Education and Training ministry pronounced their commitment to expanding the
TVET sector, which is an indication of the need for TVET colleges as critical
part of the post-school education and training system. "We should have more
students within the TVET system compared to the university system. We need to
double the number of enrolments based on the set number on the National
Development Plan (NDP)," he said.
He also said that the perception that TVET education is of low quality and
inferior should be addressed by organising information and career guidance
sessions for students and parents. He added that the TVET colleges’ student pass
rate should steadily improve to demonstrate the quality of TVET college
programmes and qualifications. He furthermore indicated that infrastructural
development plays a vital role in changing the perception that the people have
about TVET colleges.
Thanking the guests, the Chairperson of College Council, Dr Mpho Mohlala,
said "...we are about students, we are doing all that we can and, in our might,
to make sure that students receive the best education possible matched by
appropriate infrastructure because we are looking for education that is
The newly-built buildings will be used for the following activities:
College functions, college student assemblies, government department meetings,
indoor arts and cultural activities, and examination venues.
The media centre, which is central to the campus academic programme, gives
itself to relaxed reading or research, that will actually enhance teaching and
learning. Staff and students will have access to a wide range of both print and
electronic resources. The media centre has work stations for users to access the
library information, a research room and study room. Amongst other things, it
has an auditorium that has a seating capacity of 110.
The hall has the following features: a foyer, a kitchen, rest rooms, dressing
rooms and stage. It has a seating capacity of 500 seated cinema style, and
300 seated round table style.
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