It would be impossible to give an overview with regard to the new Tshwane North College for FET unless considerable time is spent on the merger process of technical colleges in South Africa and the new educational landscape foreseen for this specific educational sector. Prof Kader Asmal, the former Minister of Education, in July 2001 stated that the old technical college system was in many ways outdated, ineffective, poorly led and badly structured. It was established and designed to support a world that no longer existed where academic qualifications were the ultimate achievement and students were produced in their numbers without being trained properly for the world of work. The merger process and the declaring of all former technical colleges as Further Education and Training institutions thus sought to transform this sector in order to promote lifelong learning and workforce development. But most importantly, it sought to provide access to learning that encourages inclusive democratic citizenship. The new FET system must meet the needs of the community and offer realistic and purposeful learning – not just a bridge and pathway into employment, but as a way of creating better citizens and a better life for all. These new institutions will play an important role in being centrepieces of the community and must meet this challenge with good service, realistic programmes and the best possible career advice. The new FET institutional landscape will consist of 50 FET Colleges. The historical division of state and state-aided technical colleges would be something of the past. FET colleges would be created that operated under a single legislative framework and would be better geared towards meeting the Human Resources Development demand of this new century.
On Wednesday 18 July, on the 94th celebration of our beloved Nelson Mandela, the life of a poor physically disabled student of Tshwane North College (TNC), Soshanguve Campus had been changed.
When the Senior Managers of TNC met at Soshanguve South Campus they had been made aware of the fact that Zandile Dlamini, one of the students enrolled for NC (V) Level 2 Office Administration, was in dire need of a wheelchair. Due to her poor family background and financial status she would never have been in the position to acquire a wheelchair herself.
Datacentrix had been approached by TNC to donate a wheelchair to Zandile. They immediately agreed and furthermore requested HP to also donate a laptop to her.
Attendees at this handing over function, hosted by Messrs Rirhandzu Salane and Thabo Mashego were: (from Datacentrix) the Managing Director Mr Kenneth Nkosi; Ms Rejoice Mampitha, HR Manager and Mr Wiseman Ncgobo (Account Manager) (from HP) Mr Brandon Naidoo (Public sector: Education); (from MTM Media – the sponsors of the refreshments for the function) the following Managing Directors: Messrs Setoaba; Mokono and Seshibe; Ms Priscilla Rammonye (the Social Worker responsible for Zandile Dlamini) and her assistant; (from TNC) the Acting Principal, Ms Portia Makola and other Senior Managers.