Ekurhuleni West TVET College Inaugurates New Buildings At Its Boksburg Campus.

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 learning.  

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 futuristic."

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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