NEW CAMPUS FOR MITCHELL’S PLAIN AND ITS SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES – A LONG HELD DREAM COMING TRUE

STATEMENT BY FALSE BAY TVET COLLEGE

It is Nelson Mandela who said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. False Bay TVET College believes in this and has confidence that it can indeed change the lives of young people, communities and society as a whole. Government sees skills development as critical to the development of our economy and it forms a prominent part of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 which specifies very high but promising targets for TVET Colleges.  The NDP indicates that TVET Colleges should produce 30 000 artisans   by 2030.   A report analysing skills development in South Africa from 1994 to 2014 indicates that “SA has set itself the goals of eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, growing the economy by an average of 5,4%, and cutting the unemployment rate to 6% by 2030.

TVET Colleges are responding well to the targets set by the NDP and are well positioned to respond to the skills development challenge by providing relevant training that will lead to employment and the development of entrepreneurs.

It is in this context, that False Bay TVET College is extremely excited about Minister Pandor’s announcement to build a new False Bay College campus to the value of R386 million that will serve Mitchells Plain, Strandfontein and surrounding communities.  We wish to thank the Minister and the DHET for this huge vote of confidence in the college.  False Bay College has delivered education and training opportunities in Mitchells Plain for the past fifteen years and has done so from rented premises in primary and high schools.  It is estimated that between 5000-10000 students incur huge travel costs, commuting out of Mitchells Plain on a daily basis to access educational opportunities.  It has been a long held dream to build a world class TVET College in the heart of the community. The college believes that Mitchells Plain and the surrounding communities deserve a top class training campus that will focus on training programmes that lead to employment and sell-employment opportunities.  

 “This campus will enable the college to address two major challenges in South Africa, namely providing access to high quality training that addresses the scarce and critical skills in South Africa and in so doing addressing the challenge of youth unemployment,” says Karin Hendricks, Acting Principal.

Hendricks further says that the new campus will focus on programmes that addresses the skills needs in the tourism, creative media, business BPO, wholesale and retail, engineering and the services sectors.  Furthermore, the campus will offer early childhood development programmes, safety in society and para-legal programmes. It will also deliver bridging programmes for youth that will enable them to access programmes where they do not meet the entrance criteria.

The support and buy-in from the surrounding communities is critical for the establishment of a new campus that serves the Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding communities. The College will, with the support of the various community structures, establish a community communication and consultation forum that will serve as a springboard for further discussion of programmes to be offered for the broader communities.
The City of Cape Town has in principle agreed to make a 6.5 ha tract of vacant land, Erf 48076 which is located at 1 Birkenhead Drive in Strandfontein available to the College for the establishment of the new mega-campus. The property has excellent road frontage and is located on Spine Road which is a major arterial in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha. The proposed site is also very near to Strandfontein Road which is a major arterial to the Cape Flats community to the North.

Further negotiations are currently underway with the City of Cape Town.

This new campus will complement a second campus that the college is in the process of developing on the old Denel site along Swartklip Road, namely the Swartklip campus which will become one of the largest artisan/engineering campuses in the Western Cape.

False Bay College has 5 other campuses namely in Khayelitsha, Fish Hoek, Westlake, Muizenberg and a small presence in Mitchell’s Plain.
 
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Issued by the Office of the Acting Principal, Mrs. Karin Hendricks
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