Esayide TVET College
As part of the Infrastructural Monitoring and Evaluation the Umzimkhulu Municipality leadership led by the Honourable Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga visited the newly renovated Esayidi TVET College (Umzimkhulu Campus). The municipal leadership was welcomed by the Esayidi TVET College delegation which was led by Mr Chiku Migochi. After the municipal leadership was taken through the walk-about as part of Operation Siyahlola, the municipality was also given an opportunity to engage and submit proposed academic programmes. The municipality further committed to adding value in marketing the college throughout Umzimkhulu and surroundings. The management of the Umzimkhulu Local Municipality left the institution in satisfaction with the infrastructural progress which currently stands at 98% completion.
Education was also a main priority for President Cyril Ramaphosa during his fourth State of the Nation Address in February. He said that nine new TVET colleges were going to be built. Umzimkhulu was amongst the towns that were to benefit from the construction of these colleges. Ramaphosa made mention of opening up technical college space to reinforce vocational training for the South African economy..
“We are building nine new TVET college campuses this year, in Sterkspruit, Aliwal North, Graaff Reinet and Ngungqushe in the Eastern Cape, and in Umzimkhulu, Greytown, Msinga, Nongoma and Kwagqikazi in KwaZulu-Natal.” Through bilateral agreements with other countries, he added that South Africa is building a cohort of young people to go overseas to acquire critical skills.
A focus on education is a crucial point because it is an important instrument for the existence and full functioning of society. Studies have shown that majority of the rural citizens in the African countries are denied access to education in general due a myriad of challenges. Umzimkhulu in particular has a void in its educational system as many young people have to relocate in search of quality and higher education.
The construction of the Esayidi TVET College came as a relief structure that changed many lives of the youth and households in general. Its establishment has brought hope for Umzimkhulu as more skills will be acquired from it. The term ‘Technical and Vocational Education and Training’ refers to the vocational or occupational nature of programmes offered, meaning that it prepares learners for specific jobs, a number of employment possibilities, or for self-employment. TVET colleges mainly train young people to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are needed in the labour market. They serve young people who want to enrol for vocational programmes after Grade 9 or after finishing school with a Grade 12, as well as learners who want to complete their schooling.
Esayidi TVET College’s motto is to strive for excellence, quality and creativity. They are committed to identifying the social and economic needs of the community and strive to fulfil these needs by educating communities in order to gain the necessary skills to become independent citizens that contribute to the growth of Umzimkhulu and ultimately the country as a whole. The Esayidi TVET College is situated at uMzimkhulu Town, Mankofu Road. The College offers both NATED and NCV programmes.
NATED: Engineering (Trimester), Electrical Engineering, Business Studies (Semester), Farm Management, Travel and Tourism, Business Management, Human Resources Management, Public Management.
NCV (3 YEARS): Primary Agriculture.
The campus assists students with counselling, academic development, career guidance and job hunting skills. If a student requires financial assistance, options are available through Bursary schemes from NSFAS. The Umzimkhulu youth is encouraged to enrol at TVET colleges as more practical experience is offered and space is available.
From left: Cllr Jabulile Msiya (The Speaker of Umzimkhulu Municipality), Mr Bonga Madlala (Campus Manager), Cllr Mphuthumi Mpabanga (Mayor of Umzimkhulu Municipality), Cllr Bonakele Kleinbooi (Infrastructure Portfolio Committee Head), Mr Chiku Migochi (Esayidi TVET College Head Office).
Portion of the broader facelifted Esayidi TVET College, Umzimkhulu Campus.