EWC Diploma Ceremony 2017
26 May 2017
Graduates Encouraged to Consider Entrepreneurship as a Career to Defuse
Seven hundred and ninety-four (794) graduates were conferred at the 13th
edition of Ekurhuleni West TVET College's Graduation Ceremony, held on 26 May
2017 at the Transnet School of Excellence Hall in Kempton Park. Graduates
comprised of students from all six campuses of the college, graduating in both
National Certificate (Vocational) and N. Diploma.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, guest of honour, Mr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
(MP), urged graduates to use their learnt skills to forge an entrepreneurial
revolution. Mr Ndlozi, the youngest Member of Parliament, was invited to speak
to the young graduates of EWC, as a shining example of having a society of
skilled young people. In his keynote address, Ndlozi attributed the success of
the graduates to their dedication, perseverance, hard work, and the sacrifices
made by their parents. The Wits University PHD student sent a stern warning to
graduates that while they have acquired much desired skills, their journey is
still marred by the unemployment challenges hampering the country across all
sectors. He challenged them to consider entrepreneurship as a career to overcome
those challenges, and also to create jobs for others in order to achieve
"Many of you walked into the walls of college looking for a skill. Majority
of the time, it is the skill you want to attain in order to get a job and make a
living for yourself. This is based on the promise that lies ahead; a promise
that if we indeed get skills, we will find jobs. We need an economic
emancipation revolution; we need banks that believe and invest in black talent.
We need a generation of skills not to find jobs - no! We need a generation of
skills to create jobs for ourselves. I therefore call upon all of you to
think of yourselves as job creators, and not job seekers," said Mr Ndlozi.
The College Council Chairperson, Dr Mpho Mohlala, used the ceremony to
reintroduce the college’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, aimed at developing
enterprising entrepreneurs within the college community. "When life seems to be
giving you bitter lemons, make a sweet drink out of it! Consider being an
entrepreneur and creating job opportunities for others. I am pleased to announce
that the college has a Centre for Entrepreneurship, which is available for your
use to empower yourselves with entrepreneurial education."
The college Principal and CEO, Ms Hellen Ntlatleng, highlighted the role
played by the college in producing a skilled workforce, ready for the market,
while emphasizing the importance of parents' involvement in their children's
studies. The Principal advised that the demand for greater accountability
brought in by Government, professional bodies, industry, commerce and other
stakeholders, has increase the demand for participation and aspiration. As a
result, students are compelled to invest more time and energy into their
educational activities in order to remain relevant just as they are graduating.
Ms Ntlatleng applauded companies for allowing EWC students a space in their
companies for internship and other forms of Work Based Learning. She said that
their efforts demonstrated that educational is a societal issue. "We are once
more giving our diplomandi and NC (V) students, with strings of distinctions, to
you as a workforce, and we request that they be given an opportunity to become
artisans and tradesmen. This is the way we would be closing the gap of the
skills shortage of the country," she said with a beam.
The Principal then went on to acknowledge the sacrifices made by parents to
ensure that their children are graduating. "You are actually the achievers today
- deserve all the accolades and ululation. Your efforts are starting to pay. My
appreciation to the parents once more- ke a le rata," she said.
The Principal concluded by urging the graduates to go out there to make a
difference and add value to themselves, their families and the communities they
The cream of the crop were rewarded with special awards presented by various
sponsors at the ceremony, where parents got to ascend the stage with their
top-achieving children. Awards ranged from technological gadgets to monetary
prizes from sponsors such as ABSA, Future Managers, Technobridge, Excel Group,
Sangari(SA), Transnet (SoE), Tsheare Kitchens and Dippenaar & Reinecke.
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