AgriSETA partners to support training for the agricultural sector

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the economy with most sectors experiencing significant contraction in 2020. However, agriculture bucked the trend and exhibited respectable growth despite the pandemic’s effect on exports and labour. This bodes well for the sector, which has linkages to the entire economy and, according to the National Development Plan Vision 2030, has the potential to create close to one million new jobs by 2030. Indeed, farming is a key occupation, with an estimated 8,5 million people directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture for their employment and income. 

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Linamandla Deliwe: Proud College Alumni

Linamandla Deliwe made quite an impact as a student leader at False Bay TVET College and continues to exemplify the ideal qualities of a College alumnus. He completed his first programme in Safety in Society in 2015 and thereafter the National Certificate in Public Management, which he completed in 2017. 

He was elected as Student Representative Council President in 2015, his term coinciding with the emergence of the ‘#FeesMustFall’ movement. With a direct line to the Principal’s Office, Linamandla frequently represented the student voice in ongoing engagement and negotiation with the College management and his mature but tenacious approach to solving the problems of the student community won the respect of the College management and students alike.

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Larry Jantjies: 2021 Student Representative Council President

Larry Jantjies, the 2021 Student Representative Council President, is currently pursuing his N5 in Public Management Certificate at the Mitchell’s Plain Campus. Cheryl Martin, the Student Support and Development Services Officer at the Mitchell’s Plain Campus says the 21-year-old originally from the Free State has impressive personal and leadership qualities. 

 “Larry is a quiet and respectful guy, but when he does speak, he has something very insightful to say. He is more mature than most of his peers and also has a very caring nature,” says Cheryl.

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Growing a sustainable response to food insecurity

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact, destabilising the economy and putting pressure on already fragile livelihoods and communities. Restrictions on trade have led to reduced imports and price hikes impacting both industry and consumers. Businesses have suffered further through loss of trade caused by the restrictions on movement and limits on gatherings. Rising costs and declining revenue have forced many businesses to close or scale down, leading to job losses and declining household incomes. Unsurprisingly, the fourth quarter of 2020 saw a steep increase in the unemployment rate, with the youth being the most affected.

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A new approach to teaching and learning during the Pandemic

A new approach to teaching and learning during the Pandemic
Russel Chasingo: False Bay TVET College OLC Co-ordinator

The potential devastation posed by the COVID 19 pandemic ensured that the National Government imposes a national lockdown.  This led to the closure of schools and institutions of higher learning which would have ultimately translated to a halt in learning activities leading to exclusion. Education exclusion leads to diminished economic opportunities which further exacerbates long-term marginalization from mainstream economic activities. As the world continued to grapple with the devastation caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and there being no imminent signs of the destruction abating, the need to adapt and constantly evolve to a new reality became more apparent.

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