Minister encourages entrepreneurship

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The minister of higher education, Naledi Pandor is encouraging the youth of South Africa to start following the entrepreneurship culture, starting with the youth of Mitchell’s Plain.

The City of Cape Town has granted land in Mitchell’s Plain in order for a tertiary education facility to be built. According to Cape Talk radio station this facility for a TVET college is going to accommodate 10,000 students in the Mitchells Plain and Strandfontein areas.

Karin Hendricks, the False Bay College acting principal says the campus would be ready to accept its first students by January 2022. “The TVET model, which combines theoretical and practical instruction with workplace experience, would “connect them with critical skills to make them more work-ready,” said Hendricks.

In an interview at Cape Talk, the Mayor of Cape Town, Dan Plato said: “I think a tertiary institution like an FET college for Mitchells Plain is much needed. We are very pleased to make a piece of land available for that purpose… It’s a well-located piece of land in the middle of Mitchells Plain”.

“One of the spin-offs of the project will be a boost for the economy of Mitchells Plain and surrounding areas” he added.

On the other hand, Minister Pandor says the youth should not only aim for a job but they should also think about starting their own enterprise because if they do that it will empower them and also grow the county’s economy. In an ENCA interview she said: “What I really would like to see is a partnership between our institutions and the many artisans that are here in Mitchell’s Plain. I’d like to make better use of the skills set available in this community, and that’s why I’m really excited that government has decided we should establish a campus of False Bay College right here in Mitchell’s Plain.”

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