Captured at Vhembe TVET College Musina campus are from left to right: Nathi Tshiwanammbi (Municipal Manager), Basani Hlekane (Vhembe Tvet College Principal), Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope, Bonginkosi Dladlama (Vhembe Tvet Spokesperson), Tuwani Malima (Vhembe Tvet Curriculum Manager) and Daniel Makushu (Vhembe Tvet Musina Campus Coordinator).

“The establishment of Vhembe TVET College Musina Campus comes at the right time when Musina is preparing to become a city in the near future. Our people will also be able to acquire skills that will help us to sustain the Special Economic Zone which is in the early stages of implementation here in Musina.”  These are the words of Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope during her site visit inspection to Vhembe TVET College Musina campus. The interim campus is located at the site where the old Gateway Primary school used to operate before it moved to a new site.

Shortly after inspecting the mobile classrooms and an administration block, Muhlope had a meeting with the management of the college to get an update on progress report before the college opens in the near future.

She continued: “The report we received from the college management is very impressive. We will soon call a media briefing to update the media on progress report, courses to be offered, registration dates and the actual date when learning and teaching will take place. We are very happy that the mobile classes are already on site and they are equipped with furniture for students and their lecturers. This clearly demonstrates that we only left with few things to start operating. Interestingly, the college has trimester courses and we don’t have to wait for the beginning of the year to start teaching. This means that learning and teaching can start anytime from now.”

Muhlope said taking into consideration that there was no institution of higher learning in Musina, the campus will close the learning gap where students had to travel to other towns to access education. “For many years, our people were struggling to access higher education. We are happy that they will now be able to access the much needed education at their doorstep. The fact that Musina has been declared a provincial growth point and a Special Economic Zone means that we will need skilled people to support these initiatives. Now that the college is here, we will be able to produce skilled workforce that will be able to help in the growth of our municipality.”

She thanked the college management, the leadership of the municipality and all the stakeholders who played a role towards the establishment of the college in Musina. “Indeed, this is a very huge achievement in our lifetime which will go down into the history books of our municipality. We are very proud that we managed to spearhead this development when are still alive. Furthermore, we have made a bigger land available for the college to build permanent and modern structures in future. We are supporting this initiative with everything possible within our ability.”