Students pursue studies in Vietnam
AS THE province tries to diversify its skills base, four young women from the Fezile Dabi district municipality, left the country for Vietnam to pursue their maritime studies.
Municipal spokesperson Thomas Nopheche said they had arrived safely in Vietnam after leaving on Monday.
He said the quartet made up of Mpho Mafethemane, Bulelwa Ndlela, Patracia Nhlapho and Keamogetse Mokotedi, come from different towns in Fezile Dabi.
“This initiative was started by the former mayor of Metsimaholo local municipality, Brutus Mahlaku, and speaker Sello Matena after visiting Vietnam and agreeing with the Vietnam Maritime University to send some students to pursue their studies for four years,” Nopheche said.
“The students will come back home with honours degrees.
“This project was then abandoned after the ANC lost control of the municipality during last year’s local government elections.”
He said the new coalition government under the DA and the EFF could not commit to the project.
“The district municipality had to intervene to save the project after the recent Metsimaholo mayor, Sello Hlasa, approached the district for assistance,” Nopeche said.
He said the district mayor, Oumix Oliphant, accepted the request to intervene and assist as the district.
Oliphant further said they were aware that this was a remarkable investment in education and the skills revolution in their districts.
“South Africa through Operation Phakisa has identified the ocean economy as one sector that has a major potential to contribute to economic growth and create close to 1 million jobs by 2033,” she said.
Oliphant said it was clear to the municipality that they were expected to create that pool of skills in the district which would be needed to contribute to the realisation of this goal.
“Because we are a district municipality, we felt that we needed to take a wide approach, hence these four students come from three municipalities namely Moqhaka, Ngwathe and Metsimaholo.
“We will contribute towards their study allowances annually, their flight tickets after every two years to visit their family’s home and study material such as computers and their tuition fee will be covered by Vietnam Maritime University,” Oliphant said.
INVESTMENT: Bulelwa Ndlela, Keamogetse Moketedi and Monky Nhlapo.