Excitement was written all over the faces of King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College students, outside of Umtata in Eastern Cape, when the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor presented some with keys to their student accommodation rooms, this morning.
Minister Pandor visited the College to officially open two newly refurbished, state-of-the-art student residences, which will provide much needed accommodation to almost 600 students.
Aptly named, Rolihlahla and Albertina, after Tata Nelson “Rolihlahla” Mandela and Mama “Albertina” Nontsikele Sisulu, whose centenaries South Africa is celebration this year, the two residences cost a total of R60 million.
Speaking at this function, Minister Naledi Pandor said the completion of the building took place at a time when government was signaling it took TVET Colleges very seriously.
Minister Pandor said the budget allocation to TVET sector this year indicated a clear intention to support the colleges so that they become first-choice institutions for young people.
“The TVET college sector can, if properly supported, make a huge contribution to South Africa achieving its human-resource development goals “ She said
Minister Pandor said the 50 TVET colleges, with an enrolment of 700 000 students, were allocated R 10.7 billion this year and R 1.3 billion is for an infrastructure grant – the first since 2004, that government earmarked such funding.
“This is clear indication of the emphasis we are placing on TVETs” Minister Pandor emphasised.
“Moreover, this year the new DHET bursary scheme for students is being implemented for all years of study: 458,875 college students will receive bursaries for tuition and books; 50,480 students will receive travel, accommodation, and meals allowances; and 82,600 will receive a transport allowance.
A student told me on Twitter that the NSFAS funding model for TVETs is 100% Tuition and 30% Accommodation/ Transport. I think those percentages are correct although it varies for each individual student.
The additional funding will support increased levels of quality provisioning relating to current enrolment plans, which will be kept stable over the next three years” , she added.
A visibly excited King Sabatha Dalindyebo TVET College Principal, Mr Zola Ndodana, said the accommodation within the campus will “help some of his best students to even perform better as they will now focus only on their studies and not worry about the challenges they encountered when they were staying off-campus.”
Issued by the Ministry of Higher Education and Training