ANCYL wel­comes Denel pro­gramme for en­rolling more than 40 stu­dents

The New Age (Free State) - - NORTH WEST NEWS - OBAKENG MAJE

THE ANCYL has com­mended the North West gov­ern­ment for en­rolling more than 40 stu­dents on a three-year study pro­gramme at the Denel Tech­ni­cal Academy in Kemp­ton Park.

ANCYL provin­cial spokesper­son Tshi­amo Tsotetsi said this will ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment, in­equal­ity and poverty.

“We want to com­mend our provin­cial gov­ern­ment for this ini­tia­tive. Most of ben­e­fi­cia­ries come from vil­lages, town­ships and small dor­pies ar­eas.

“We also en­cour­age those who ben­e­fited by grab­bing this golden op­por­tu­nity with both hands. They will gain nec­es­sary skills in the process. We also call on our gov­ern­ment to cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youth as they are our future lead­ers,” Tsotetsi said.

The stu­dents have started their var­i­ous trade cour­ses like fit­ting and turn­ing, air­craft me­chan­ics, weld­ing and elec­tri­cal.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said the devel­op­ment was the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing the prov­ince en­tered into with the Denel Tech­ni­cal Academy in 2016.

He said skills ac­quired should help to re­alise the vi­sion of re­brand­ing, repo­si­tion­ing and re­newal of the prov­ince.

The premier called on the stu­dents to study hard and make the best of their op­por­tu­nity.

“Skilled trade peo­ple are highly sought after in our coun­try. By choos­ing these fields of study, each one of you will not only con­trib­ute to­wards ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges of un­em­ploy­ment and poverty, but the re­al­i­sa­tion of the RRR vi­sion as well,” Mahumapelo said.

The stu­dents, who were mainly re­cruited through the tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tional and train­ing (TVET) col­leges, are from the prov­inces’ vil­lages, town­ships and small towns.

“The three-year study pro­gramme will cost the provin­cial gov­ern­ment a to­tal of R11.8m this fi­nan­cial year.

“The pro­gramme will com­prise the­o­ret­i­cal train­ing in the first year, with prac­ti­cal train­ing to be of­fered at the Mahikeng In­ter­na­tional Air­port dur­ing the sec­ond year,” he said.

The stu­dents will be placed at var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions for a full year on the job-train­ing dur­ing the third year. They will also have to pass a trade test be­fore qual­i­fy­ing as ar­ti­sans.

One of the stu­dents, Kag­iso Motl­hwe, 23, from Lo­ga­geng vil­lage in Mahikeng, said: “I have a keen in­ter­est in weld­ing and see­ing that I have not had an op­por­tu­nity to study at any of the lo­cal TVET col­leges, be­ing se­lected to study at Denel Tech­ni­cal Academy is a dream come true for me.

“I am pos­i­tive that the teach­ing I ob­tain will en­able me to con­trib­ute knowl­edge in the planned face-lift­ing of Mahikeng In­ter­na­tional Air­port,” Motl­hwe said. – News­note

FLAME CON­TROL: Denel Tech­ni­cal Academy has won the praise of the ANC Youth League for en­rolling 40 stu­dents.

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