ANCYL praises government’s Denel training programme

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in Bokone Bophirima commended Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government for funding 43 young people to study at the Denel Technical Academy in Kempton Park. 
The students were selected from across the province to embark on a three-year study. 
ANCYL provincial spokesperson, Tshiamo Tsotetsi, said this would address unemployment, inequality and poverty.
"We want to commend our provincial government for this initiative. Most of the beneficiaries come from Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSD) areas. We also want to urge those who benefited to grab this golden opportunity with both hands. They will gain the necessary skills in the process. We also call on our government to create more job opportunities for the youth as they are our future leaders," Tsotesi told Mogolodi this week. 
The students will enroll in various study trade courses such as Fitting and Turning, Aircraft Mechanic, Welding and Electrical.
Bokone Bophirima Premier, Supra Mahumapelo, said the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the province entered into with the Denel Technical Academy in 2016, will go a long way in realising the vision of rebranding, repositioning and renewal of the province.
Mahumapelo addressed the 43 students and urged them to embrace the opportunity at their disposal. He said they must focus on building their future.
“Skilled trade people are highly sought after in our country. By choosing these fields of study, each one of you will not only contribute towards addressing the challenges of unemployment and poverty, but the realisation of the RRR vision as well,” Mahumapelo said.
These students were mainly recruited through the Technical Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) colleges.
“The three-year study programme will cost the provincial government a total of R11.8 million this financial year. The programme will comprise theoretical training in the first year, practical training to be offered at the Mahikeng International Airport during the second year.
“The students will be placed at various institutions for a full year on-the-job-training during the third year. They will also have to pass the trade test before qualifying as Artisans,” the Premier said. 
One of the students, Kagiso Motlhwe (23) from Logageng village in Mahikeng, says the opportunity offered by the Provincial Government could not have come at the right time.
“I have keen interest in welding, and seeing that I have not had an opportunity to study it at any of the local TVET colleges, being selected to study it at Denel Technical Academy is a dream comes true for me. I am positive that the teaching I will obtain will enable me to contribute knowledge towards the planned face-lifting of Mahikeng International Airport”, Motlhwe said.
Dipuo Diphoko (31) from Ditshilong village in Taung who will study Fitting and Turning course, says she hopes to change females’ mind-set about choosing technical studies as their profession.
“I want to first thank the provincial government under the leadership of Premier Mahumapelo for initiating this ground-breaking programme, which will see many of us in villages acquiring skills and qualifications in what is generally considered as scarce skills. I am happy to be part of the first group, and believe this is the first step towards realising my dream of one day establishing a technical academy in my village. I also believe that my participation in this training will send a message to my peers that, females can also do it,” Diphoko.
For this first intake, 13 students are females while 30 are males. They will each earn a stipend of R5 000 per month, this as part of the study programme requirements.
This is part of Mahumapelo’s pronouncement during his 2017 State of the Province Address (SOPA) as part of the strategy to develop aviation and technical skills in the province.
He said: “The agreement with Denel Technical Academy will also provide for the establishment of a Denel Satellite Technical Academy in Mahikeng under the Office of the Premier – Ikatisong School of Governance.
“The second phase of this agreement will result in the opening of a fully built Denel Academy Facility at the Mahikeng International Airport, where students will complete their practical training before their placement with selected industry employers for on-the-job-training and preparation for final accreditation as qualified artisans.”
The project is implemented in partnership with provincial Departments of Community Safety and Transport Management as well as Public Works and Roads.