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The right step towards addressing the skills shortages in the manufacturing sector

In a bid to address the skills shortage currently faced by the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Minister of the Department of Higher Education and Training Prof Buhle Hlengiwe Mkhize on the 8th December 2017 launched the ground-breaking Skills Units and Sanitary Towel Manufacturing and Training  project at Coastal KZN TVET College, at Hammarsdale Occupational Skills Training and Testing Centre. Dr SNP Sishi; DDG Planning, Policy and Strategy and Mr ZC Mvalo, DDG:  Skills Development also graced this auspicious with their presence.

Then main objective of these pioneering projects is aimed at developing skills, providing the youth and emerging entrepreneurs with business opportunities in the manufacturing sector. It will also link them to employment and business opportunities in the manufacturing sector, which will ultimately contribute, to long-term stability, economic growth, and progress of KwaZulu Natal.

Speaking at the launch the Minister said that this is definitely a landmark project that Coastal KZN TVET College has embarked on. The Department of Higher Education and Training’s hope that the effective implementation of the sanitary towel manufacturing and training will have a catalytic impact on skills development and job creation.   “We are confident that this project is the right step towards addressing the skills shortages in the manufacturing sector and more significantly, it will help to diversify the sector,” the Minister   

The Principal of Coastal KZN TVET College, Mr Sibhanana Ndlovu said that the skills unit and sanitary towel manufacturing & training launch today is one of the most important initiative on the College’s programme this year. He also informed all about the college’s initiative called “Providing Dignity To Young woman In School” project, which is aimed to restore the dignity of the young woman of Kwa-Zulu Natal by making sure that the sanitary towels are available at an affordable rate. “We are urging the private sector, entrepreneurs to purchase our own College Manufactured Cottony Sanitary Towel from the College to support this initiative, said Ndlovu    

Leaners and educators from Ukusa Secondary School, from Hammardsale also attended this launch. As part of the College’s corporate social investment initiative, the college has adopted Ukusa High School, whereby the school will be receiving 300 sanitary towel monthly for a period of one year.   The leaner from Ukusa Secondary School, remarked that this sizable donation was a welcome. “We welcome Coastal KZN TVET College’s decision to invest in our school; I have no doubt that this will have a positive impact to all the young woman at school.”

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