The City of Tshwane Council on Monday approved the transfer of key properties to the SANRAL and the Tshwane North TVET College.
MMC for Corporate and Shared Services Kingsley Wakelin said the city is expecting to transfer properties to the Tshwane North TVET College at its Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and Kudube campuses.
Wakelin said the college is set to undertake significant upgrades at its campuses across the city through funding from the Chinese government adding that the city was facilitating a transfer of title deeds, as ownership of the properties was a fundamental requirement for the upgrades to commence.
“I look forward to the next cohort of artisans trained at these campuses to join our local industries and find work opportunities,” Wakelin said.
There are 50 TVET colleges operating across more than 270 campuses around the country in both rural and urban settings, and there are 21 SETAs in South Africa, covering 21 industry sector clusters.
Earlier this year Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande said to date the department has has opened up 14 954 TVET placement opportunities to the value of R726 Million and committed to achieve a target of 20 000 placements of TVET graduates work placements as per the President’s commitment at the SONA at the beginning of the year.
Nzimande also praised the drive for infrastructural development, saying the department has invested over R3.701 Billion for the maintenance and repairs of TVET Colleges’ infrastructure through the Capital Infrastructure and Efficiency Grant (CIEG) since the grant inception during the 2018/19 financial year.
Areas of maintenance included renovations of existing student accommodation, new roofing, painting, plumbing, glazing, electrical works, water as well as sewer reticulation.
In addition, the department has also completed the construction of 9 TVET college campuses at a cost of R2.6 billion.
In addition, the city has also approved the transfer of over 9 hectares to the roads agency to enable Phase 1 of the Moloto road corridor upgrades which is expected to cover Moepel street overpass across Sefako Makgatho drive including roads and interchanges in Eersterust.
Wakelin said the project will be facilitated through a council-approved memorandum of understanding, which has been signed by both parties as a commitment to see the Moloto road upgrades completed and to facilitate working relations between the two organisations.
“With this progressive step, SANRAL will now finalise the next key phases of the Moloto road corridor project, which is a crucial development for local communities and commuters who use this road daily,” Wakelin said.
Wakelin said that the city is committed to unlocking local economic development through education and training opportunities.