by Ivan Swart – West Coast TVET College Assistant Director: Marketing and Communications

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Science and Innovation, Buti Manamela, officially launched TVET Month at West Coast TVET College Central Office and Malmesbury Campus on 3 August 2021.

During the month of August, all 50 public TVET colleges will conduct various activities, including but not limited to, having direct and online engagements with the youth and open days under lockdown regulations for the 20201 TVET Month under the theme: “Youth united for access to quality education, improved student health services and employability,’’ said Deputy Minister Manamela

“The month of August is also a special one in the history of our nation, as it is also the month in which we celebrate the contribution and sacrifices that women have made in the fight for freedom and democracy in our country,” he added

He also mentioned that the Department’s investment has been and will be informed by the need to continue creating employment opportunities for young people and to ensure that as many of them as possible adopt a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Deputy Minister mentioned that they will continue to engage with high schools and secondary schools across the country to help those students understand the importance of the TVET Colleges for both personal development due to the wide variety of programmes the college sector has to offer as well as the importance of TVET Colleges for the development of skills and our country.

Deputy Minister Buti Manamela trying out his cupcake decorating skills at the Hospitality Stall at the West Coast TVET College Malmesbury Campus at the TVET Month Launch event.

Photo credit: Siyabonga Nxumalo – DHET Communications