Maluti TVET College announced as a Vision 2030 Awards Finalist
The Inaugural Vision 2030 Awards has announced its 2017 awards category finalists - and Maluti has been designated a finalist for the Driver for Change Award.
The Vision 2030 Awards are a first of its kind in South Africa. The awards are unique and recognise the achievements and success stories of organisations, enterprises and individuals that are actively demonstrating alignment to the government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and achieve the milestones set by the National Development Plan (NDP).
The awards, and the accompanying Vision 2030 Summit, will draw together a host of business leaders and government leaders - the commitment of both parties is integral to the success of the NDP.
Leading by example, the winners showcased by these Awards will inspire their peers and all stakeholders nationwide to pledge commitment to the NDP - not in words alone but in actions that move the nation forward.
Commenting on Maluti’s achievement, Principal/CEO Veli Eric Mabena said,
Maluti TVET College has successfully implemented and driven the strategies of community development within enterprise development, socio-economic development, skills development, and employment equity.
Vision 2030 - will be achieved by improving the ability of South Africa’s People and institutions to respond to the opportunities and challenges while expanding the economy to absorb those that want to be entrepreneurs or are willing and able to work.
A short summary of College’s achievements:
- Maluti has partnered with UFS to deliver the L5 certificates.
- Centre of Excellence in furniture making by QTCO through FP&M SETA.
- Students participated in World Skills South Africa competition.
- Placed 800+ students with various companies for experiential workplace-based exposure.
- Involved in international projects to upskill students and staff. For this commitment Maluti students received international certificates with ABC awards in the UK. Maluti also won an award from the British Council in the category “Sustainable Collaboration” in a conference held in Jordan in 2016. Hosted an intern from Belgium and she obtained her qualification with flying colours while placed at the college.
- Built infrastructure within the college delivery sites.
- Improved the governance of the institution by swiftly moving from a disclaimer in 2014 to unqualified audit in 2016 as conducted by Auditor General SA and target a clean audit in 2018.
- Got ISO 9001 certified within a year with the SABS.
- Over the last three years PMR Africa awarded the College in the categories Diamond, Silver and Gold Arrows respectively. The awards are based on independent audits conducted by PMR Africa.
- Maluti Agri-Village is a space for the students to receive practical exposure at the college farm in order to gain skills and participate in the development of the economy.
- Partnerships with a number of SETAs to allow students to be placed through SETA funding and two of those SETAs have offices at the college premises.
- Training students with disabilities in formal programmes and the students receive certificates at the end of the programme in order for them to be able to participate in the economy.
This year’s Vision 2030 Award winners will be announced to the nation on 22 June 2017 at the highly anticipated awards ceremony to be held at Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg.
Sponsors on board include the Human Resource Development Council, Operation Phakisa, Public Sector Manager and Nemisa. Over 100 nominations were received for this year’s awards, covering categories including Agriculture, Minerals, Infrastructure Development, Science and Technology, Healthcare and Education and Powering South Africa (Energy).
Key industry stakeholders such as Dr Mathews Phosa, Dr Raymond Patel, Xolani Qubeka, Thabo Masombuka, Neville Francis Nicolau, Maphefo Anno-Frempong and Felleng Yende will be attending the Vision 2030 Summit, as panellists. Their common goal: to address the challenges of the NDP and how all South African stakeholders can help to overcome them.
Becoming a finalist is an achievement in itself as the entries are judged by a community of influential judges, and the Vision 2030 Awards is a ground-breaking first for South Africa.