In a bid to strengthen skill education in South Africa, a technical education facility is being built with the help of Government of India.
Being established at the Tshwane South Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in capital Pretoria, the Gandhi-Mandela Centre of Specialisation for Artisan Skills is likely to commence its operations in 2019.
The project jointly marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
South African Minister of Higher Education Naledi Pandor and Indian High Commissioner Ruchira Kamboj officially launched the Gandhi-Mandela Centre of Specialisation for Artisan Skills in Pretoria.
The centre is being set up by the Government of India at the Tshwane South Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College, the South African Minister of Higher Education said on the occasion.
“This is an extremely exciting birthday gift for these two great leaders,” Pandor said, adding the centre would lift South Africa’s capacity to deliver quality skills.
Kamboj said it would bring a new dimension to the efforts by many of the 150 Indian companies represented in South Africa, who have been sending locals to India for training and then absorbing the skilled artisans into their own companies or into the broader South African workplace.
The plans for the initiative were finalised two months after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the 10th BRICS Summit in July.
“The centre is the practical manifestation, as envisioned by the leaders of both countries, to promote quality vocational education and training to meet the requirements of young people as well as the artisan skills requirements of South Africa,” Kamboj said.
The project is being overseen by India’s HMTL.
Initially, India will bear the cost of project planning, supply and installation of the required machinery and equipment, training of South African personnel in India and on-the-job training of facilitators by Indian experts in South Africa. Once completed, the project will be taken over by the South Africa government.