Blikkiesdorp Certificate Ceremony


In 2017, the City of Cape Town in association with the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) and the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College launched an exciting skills development programme to benefit 100 residents from Blikkiesdorp.

Today, it is with pleasure that these three partners celebrate the success of this multi-million rand project with the graduation of 30 of the Blikkiesdorp residents who have undergone construction industry training at False Bay TVET College at its Westlake campus.
In December 2017, 14 students completed their nationally accredited Skills Programme in Building and Civil Construction. In June 2018, an additional 16 students successfully completed all 39 modules in the Bricklaying Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT) Programme.
Blikkiesdorp Cert. CeremonyThey are all receiving their certificates from the College today as well as toolkits to assist in their trade for the future. The toolkits consist of work tools relevant to the bricklaying industry. Students who have completed the accredited skills programme will be receiving their statements of results from the Construction SETA.
In addition to the graduating group, 48 students have commenced their training in the National Certificate in  Community House Building, which will be delivered over a 12-month period and includes a 6-month workplace training placement as a compulsory component of the qualification.
Once the training has been completed successfully and students are competent, they will be receiving their National Certificate in Community House Building Level 2 through the CETA.
ACSA initiated this project to train residents from Blikkiesdorp and has invested R5 million towards this project to upskill the most vulnerable.
Through an application to the Construction SETA (CETA), False Bay TVET College was able to secure funding to support training in the civil and construction trades. The Blikkiesdorp community benefitted considerably from this grant through training.
The City of Cape Town, through the Mayor’s Job Creation Fund, has committed a further R300 000 while the City’s Transport and Urban Development Authority’s Training Academy has committed an additional R750 000 towards the project. 
This project is a wonderful example of the City’s commitment to its Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP) which aims to strive for excellence in service delivery, to leverage partnerships for progress and enable greater economic inclusion.
With these training opportunities and the qualifications the residents will receive, they will be empowered to improve their chances of finding work opportunities, become active participants in our economy and earn an income for their families.
‘The City of Cape Town is truly grateful to our partners, ACSA and the False Bay TVET College, for their investment and commitment to the residents of Cape Town. This is testament to the fact that we can all work together to empower our residents, especially those from disadvantaged communities. I am positive that the training and skills received by these residents will go a long way in contributing to an improvement in their way of living,’ Mayor De Lille said.
‘This programme is so much more than just a skills programme. It represents dignity, respect, hope and opportunity for a better future. Practically speaking, it allows the graduates access to the job market – with these skills the graduates are far more employable than previously. Learners are supported by securing internship opportunities within the industry, successful completion of which will give them access to the industry for long-term employment. Well done to today’s graduates, we are mighty proud of your achievements; and thank you to our partners, False Bay College and the City of Cape Town, for making this happen!’ said ACSA general manager, Deon Cloete.
Acting Principal, Mrs Karin Hendricks, says False Bay TVET College values the partnership with the City of Cape Town, ACSA and the Blikkiesdorp community and is privileged to be part of such an innovative initiative where community members are upskilled to not only build their own homes, but to deliver on the philosophy of ubuntu in assisting other community members to build their homes. The students were exposed to both academic and life skills training. The skills learnt will prepare the students for the construction work environment and will come in good stead should they wish to start their own businesses.
Deon Fernandez, Programme Head for Civil and Construction programmes, says that students gained knowledge and skills in the building process from setting out a building plan to building a superstructure.
The College is excited to train and upskill various communities through collaboration with SETAs, local government and industry partners.
The City is exploring the extension of the Skills Development Programme to two other areas adjacent to the Cape Town International Airport.
A housing development is currently in the planning and design phase which will be followed by the implementation phase for the construction of housing opportunities for the three beneficiary communities. A project steering committee has been established and the process of beneficiary allocation is ongoing.
The planning and design phase will inform what type of housing will be built.
Once residents obtain their skills training qualifications, they will be involved in the construction of their own housing opportunities.  
Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Xolani Koyana, Spokesperson for the Executive Mayor – Patricia de Lille, City of Cape Town, Tel: 021 400 5007 or Cell: 071 740 2219, Email:
ACSA spokesperson: Deidre Davids, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager, Cape Town International Airport, Cell: 082 377 4521, Email:
False Bay TVET College: Christiana Nel, Deputy CEO Innovation and Development, Cell: 082 0834125, Email: