EWC Holds Its 14th Annual Graduation Ceremony (2018)

24 and 25 May 2018

Over 1,250 graduates were conferred at the 14th Annual Graduation Ceremonies of Ekurhuleni West TVET College, which took place on 24 and 25 May 2018 at the Transnet School of Excellence Hall in Kempton Park. Graduates included students from all six campuses of the college, graduating in both National Certificate (Vocational) and National N Diploma.

In his welcome address, Dr Mpho Mohlala, Chairperson of the College Council, encouraged graduates to consider ploughing back in to the college and the communities they reside in in any way possible, as uTata Mandela, who was passionate about giving back to the community, would have liked them to.

"This year, we are celebrating the centenary of uTata Madiba, the freedom struggle icon and the man of humility, who left us the legacy we are enjoying as a country today. As we celebrate his centenary, we reminisce on all the hardships he went through and his excellent work that earned him recognition from all over the globe. As people, there are lots of things that we have learnt from Nelson Mandela; things such as to never give up hope, to be humane, to educate, not to hate but to love, as well as to change the world for the better, doing our little bits of good work," said Dr Mohlala.

Former Student and Student Representative Council member of EWC, Mokgethi Nkosi, heartened the graduates when he said that when opportunity presents itself, to make the most out of it, regardless of how big or small it is. "The value is not in the money they are paying you but the step you are taking which will take you to the next level," said Mokgethi. He was referring to what he did to pave his career path when he took a voluntary position at the United Nations (UN). His message was an echo of the message delivered by Pastor Russel Thembekwayo, who also studied at Tembisa College before several colleges were merged to form EWC. Today, Tembisa College is known as EWC - Tembisa Campus. Over and above the qualifications they (Mokgethi and Pastor Thembekwayo) earned at the college, they both hold degrees from Pretoria University.

Well-known motivational speaker and author, Bishop Maponga, encouraged the audience to equip themselves with knowledge and never let the cycle of learning stop in their minds. "Constantly be in the business of developing and improving your mental faculty," Bishop Maponga said. He also urged the graduates to follow their passion in order to use their passion to make extra income.

On the other hand, Tumelo Mothotoane, an international TV news anchor, emphasised the fact that the qualifications they are holding are not just attachments to their CVs but are mementoes of opportunities which they can use to stand up and stand out and be counted.

Standing in for the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Ms Vuyokazi Mafilika encouraged the graduates to explore and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities where they could be exposed to practical components of the theoretical knowledge they have been taught in class at the college.

Ms Hellen Ntlatleng, the principal of EWC, told the graduates that when they pursue life after EWC, they should be their own, true self and draw their own box. "You are starting a new life, a new journey of life; this is just a beginning of life. It is not the end but the beginning. Those certificates are just a means to an end, not an end itself. Life out there is rough; it is full of obstacles and challenges. As a college, we only give you means; you must fight for the end." said Ms Ntlatleng. "What prides us today is that you chose the less travelled path of enhancing the skills revolution of SA, a less travelled route of developing the economy of this country. It is cool to be a TVET College graduate; it is cool to be an EWC student," Ms Ntlatleng concluded.

At the conclusion of the speeches, the world-acclaimed Afro Tenors entertained the audience with their wonderful musical repertoire.

Then it was time for the top achieversto be rewarded with special awards presented by various sponsors. Some parents were moved to ascend to the stage, ululating and celebrating with their top-achieving children.

Awards ranged from technological gadgets to monetary prizes from the following sponsors: ABSA, Excel Tool Group (Africa Tool), Dippenaar & Reinecke, Future Managers, Hope and Dreams Trading 21, Pearson Publishing (SA), Sangari(SA) and VMR Architects.

Below is a list of Top achievers in alphabetical order:

National Certificate (Vocational) NC (V)

  • Holloway, Kristen-Lee - Office Administration
  • Jobe, Lubalazo Zwelakhe - Engineering & Related Design
  • Mgidi, Simangele - Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Moloi, Neo Pontsho - Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Moseri, Nthabiseng Geraldin - Civil Engineering and Building Construction
  • Nzama, Nhlanhla - Engineering & Related Design
  • Rankae, Palesa Florence - Office Administration
  • Riba, Modipadi Brendah - Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Senoamadi, Nokuthula - Engineering & Related Design
  • Tivane, Tsakani Sibongile - Education and Development

Report 191 (Nated)

  • Mabasa, T - Human Resources Management
  • Maepa, TM - Human Resources Management
  • Maboko, ID - Electrical Engineering
  • Selamolela, RM - Electrical Engineering
  • Mosesi, MTJ - Financial Management
  • Motaung, PA - Mechanical Engineering

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